Preventing changes in government through “People Power” uprisings is among the reasons for the proposal to shift to a parliamentary system, in which changing governments will supposedly be institutionalized rather than left to direct people’s action. BY CENTER FOR PEOPLE EMPOWERMENT IN GOVERNANCE Posted by Bulatlat.com Constitutional amendments via a are likely to take place…

BY Rod Tajon Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat.com SAN FERNANDO CITY — Nine months after the death of journalist and activist Romy Sanchez, the chance of attaining justice remains nil. According to Elvira Sanchez, Sanchez’s wife and convenor of the Justice for Romy Sanchez Movement (JRSM), there is no hope under the present justice system…

The city has become so many different things to so many different people. From merely the Nueva Guipuzcoa province, Nueva Vergara city, for the first Spaniards who arrived here, to the Japanese’ “Little Tokyo” before the war, it has become an eco-tourism destination, offering a host of packages featuring such adventure sports like scuba diving,…

Hadji Abdullah Dalidig was a picture of calm when he testified at the second session of the Citizens’ Congress for Truth and Accountability. Just as he was calm when he faced Namfrel chairman Jose Concepcion, who kept banging on the table, and Lanao del Sur provincial election supervisor Ray Sumalipao, who theatrically promised to kill…

Fourth hearing of `People’s Court’ Three witnesses presented evidence last Nov. 16 that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her allies cheated in the 2004 presidential election. By Jhong dela Cruz An independent study by a computer expert which supported earlier claims that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s win in the 2004 election was fraudulent, was one of the…

Using his unmatched political savvy, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has kept the City Council under his thumb. By Germelina Lacorte Davaotoday.com Posted by Bulatlat.com DAVAO CITY – A few months ago, war erupted at the City Council. It was between a large group of people identified with Mayor Rodrigo Duterte against a smaller group of people…

“I pleaded before her, saying ‘God gave this land for people to stay’ but she answered in English which I didn’t understand,” related Martha Dayog. Dayog is an Ibaloi, one of the residents of Happy Hollow and Liwanag, villages in Camp John Hay whose residents are being evicted. “Her” was Lyssa GS Pagano-Calde, legal counsel…

2004 was rough for the ordinary Filipino. While economists and politicians debated endlessly on the intensity of the country’s problems and wavered on their solutions, the masa was bearing the worst of the Philippine crisis. BY ROSARIO BELLA GUZMAN Executive Director, Ibon Foundation Posted by Bulatlat.com Introduction 2004 was rough for the ordinary Filipino. While…