Bayan Muna’s third nominee for the May 2007 congressional elections, lawyer Neri Colmenares, talks about how he was tortured at 18, his dream of putting into law an overdue Human Rights Code, and his early dreams of making it to the movies. BY DABET CASTANEDA Bulatlat Is the Philippines ready for a Human Rights Code?…

Because this innovative approach of new politics has apparently gained popularity, it is loathed by the likes of Gonzalez precisely because it can disenfranchise the powers-that-be by raising the political consciousness of the people. Bereft of visions and programs that address the people’s democratic interests, they trivialize the elections through manipulation, disinformation and the spreading…

His friends and relatives described Monico Atienza’s stubborn will to live, in the face of a most life-threatening debilitation, as very characteristic of the man. This kind of courage, they say – together with the man’s extraordinary conviction and abilities – enabled him to live the kind of life he has chosen, unmindful of the…

Just as members of the U.S. Congress are now conducting a review of Bush’s war policy in Iraq, it may well be timely to include a review of the U.S. armed intervention in the Philippines where the support for the Philippine military operations has promoted gross and systematic violations of human rights. BY BOBBY TUAZON…

Globalization has resulted in the destruction of domestic and export manufacturing enterprises, since they cannot compete with cheaper dumped products in the local markets nor in the global export market against manufacturing powerhouses such as China, and this is why the country is shedding jobs. BY IBON FOUNDATION, INC. Posted by Bulatlat Independent think-tank IBON…

If President Arroyo wants to talk about “social payback from the booming economy,” the only acceptable and meaningful social payback that Filipino workers deserve today is a substantial wage increase complemented by price control reforms, tax reforms, and drastic increases in social services spending BY ARNOLD PADILLA IBON Features Posted by Bulatlat IBON Features –…

BY DEE AYROSO Posted Jan. 24, 2007, 2:02 p.m. Activists condemned the continued killings of activists by suspected military agents, the latest of which were three Bayan Muna party-list members slain separately in Albay and Sorsogon provinces in the Bicol region in the past three days. The latest slayings bring to 824 the victims of…

Photo by Dabet Castañeda Bulatlat Matched against the cloudy afternoon sky, the silhouetted figures of the men rowing across the Manila Bay, near the Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila looks like one for the postcards – a scene that would have sold like hotcakes among tourists. There is more to the arresting scenery, however. Lost…

By Flon Faurillo Bulatlat The opposition and administration camps are now frantically preparing for the May 2007 national and local elections. The Lakas-NUCD-led administration coalition party has been downplaying the opposition’s chances of winning, harping on the alleged disunity among them. Indeed, some opposition personalities have expressed their intention to run for the Senate with…

China never had to exert massive military might or economic investment to gain influence in Southeast Asia. After the US resumed relations with the mainland, members of the Association of South-East Asia Nations (ASEAN) followed suit. During the Cold War, the US aimed to dilute Soviet influence in the region and encouraged collaboration. With the…