Youth groups’ protest action faced police violence after trooping to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) last May 30 to decry the “worsening state of education” in the country. Three members of the group present in the activity were grabbed by officers after defacing the gates of the commission but were released after the program.
Day: June 1, 2019
Studying Filipino language, not mandatory military training, instills nationalism
“This is a choice between our collective survival as a nation, and our collective death as a free country.”
Ni RENE BOY ABIVA Halos araw-araw kung tipunin ng dibdib ng langit ang sumisilakbong alyenasyon ng bakal na mundo; halos gabi-gabi’y nais niyang pakawalan ang mga pumailanlang na tibok ng puso at hininga na mula sa bunganga ng mga dukha sa lupit-bangis-lalim ng dilim na animo’y lalamunan ng nilulumot-inaamag na balon; at walang sandali na…
Anomalies in the mid-term election in the Philippines
By DELIA D. AGUILAR and E. SAN JUAN, JR. Manipulating the mid-term May 13, 2019 elections, Philippine strong-man Rodrigo Duterte has finally seized full control of the State apparatus. He captured the last institution, the Senate, to guarantee absolute power (after removing an independent chief justice of the Supreme Court), with the election of his…
Blueprint for unrest
The way the Philippine Party List System has worked, since it was created by the 1987 Constitution to assure “proportional representation” in the House of Representatives and the Party List Act ( Republic Act 7941) was passed in 1994, has provoked even the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to consider asking Congress to amend the law.…
Protecting dissent: Writs of amparo, habeas data
For the second time last month, the Supreme Court took steps to make use of two writs that may offer significant protection to political and social activists facing threats to their lives, liberty and security because of their continuing defense of human rights. The order to take up the two writs – the judicial remedies…
‘Human Security Act amendments, a threat to freedom of expression’
The NUJP said that while it was important to secure the country and the people from the threats of terrorism, the bill would only do more harm than good by pushing the people to surrender their rights and liberties as citizens of a democratic country.
By DEE AYROSO