Bulatlat interviewed Bishop Gerardo Alminaza as he shared his thoughts on red-tagging and his mission as a shepherd in one of the country’s most militarized dioceses.
‘Some children in conflict with the law are still being placed in detention centers and jails’
Preda runs ideal facilities for the accommodation and rehabilitation of children in conflict with the law. All over the country, many local government units are unable to protect the children.
Journalists oppose proposal to penalize ‘comments’ on gov’t officials’ assets declaration
“It is part of the press’ vital role in a democracy to seek transparency and accountability from government and the SALN is just one of the many effective tools we can use against corruption.”
Health workers call tax exemption for temporary workers divisive
“This is divisive and deceptive among our ranks because all health workers whether temporary or regular are all prone to the deadly virus in hospital and health facilities.”
Church harassed for giving sanctuary to Lumad refugees
Since the UCCP opened its doors to the distraught members of the indigenous peoples community, the protestant church and its volunteers have been experiencing a series of harassment.
Artists give voice to the poor’s woes during quarantine
The songs try to “capture the struggles of poor communities in the Philippines subjected to their government’s Enhanced Community Quarantine rules.”
Resist attempts to forget Martial Law – novelist
“Don’t forget those who disappeared, whose mother died searching for his son, those who were tortured, those who were killed, the friends who were raped. Let us not allow anyone to erase them from our history.”
Religious groups raise concern against anti-terror bill as 30-day deadline nears
“Worrisome are the expanded and vague definitions of a “terrorist;” the powers given to the Anti-Terror Council to designate a group as a “terrorist group;” the weakening of the protection of one’s privacy and the safeguards against arrests and detention without warrants.”
Balik-Tanaw | 7th Sunday of Easter: God is with us, let this be our prayer
Let us be the feet of God, go to those who are in need. Let us be the hands of God, share and give whatever little that you have to those who are most in need. Let us be the mouthpiece of God, denounce that which brings pain and sorrow to our brothers and sisters in the margins.
Meralco burdens consumers already economically bruised by COVID-19 crises
“In the first place, it is unfair to charge consumers pass-on amounts for Meralco’s obligation to its suppliers. Secondly, averaging as a basis for billing is unreasonable and grossly and stressfully untransparent. Thirdly, Meralco cannot cite higher power generation cost because there have been no spikes in the global price of oil.”
Journalists experience work-related stress in the time of COVID-19 pandemic
Citing medical studies, psychiatrist Dr. Reggie Pamugas said that work related stress, especially among journalists, is common. Around 86 to 100 percent of journalists are actually exposed to “potentially traumatic events over the course of their careers.”