P55-M cauldron could have been spent for live-saving treatment, equipment — health coalition

The groups said the P55 million ($982,323) spent for a cauldron in the SEA Games could have been used for life-saving purposes such as full-course of anti-TB medicines for 12,500 patients; one session of hemodialysis for 14,285 patients; CT scan for 6,250 patients; 161 units of mechanical ventilators/respirators, among others.

Political prisoners in Bicutan reject planned transfer to local jails

“It is only now that the NTF’s top brass is pressing to disperse and isolate individuals and to expose them to harsher and less secure conditions.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Eight political prisoners detained in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig denounced plans by the National Task Force to End Local…

NPA spokesperson arrested

“When he was arrested in the hospital as hors de combat (out of action due to injury or damage) he should have been clear from any legal obligation.” By JUSTIN UMALI Bulatlat.com MANILA – The spokesperson for the New People’s Army Melito Glor Command in the Southern Tagalog region was arrested in San Juan, Metro…

NPA leader arrested

By JUSTIN UMALI Bulatlat.com MANILA – The spokesperson for the New People’s Army Melito Glor Command in the Southern Tagalog region, Jaime “Ka Diego” Padilla, was arrested in San Juan, Metro Manila, today November 26. Padilla was reportedly undergoing a medical check-up at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center when civilian informants allegedly identified him. He…

Black Friday Protest | Progressives vow to frustrate crackdown vs activists

MANILA – Progressive groups held Black Friday protest against what they call as “de facto martial law” under President Duterte’s administration. The groups gathered at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City on Nov. 15 carrying placards with their calls ranging, from “Stop the attacks,” Defend people’s rights” to “Junk memorandum 32.” The groups vow…

Progressives vow resistance amid crackdown vs activists

MANILA – Progressive groups trooped in front of the Philippine National Police headquarters on Monday, Nov. 4 to denounce the mass arrest of legal activists in Bacolod City, Escalante and Manila last week. Amid the crackdown against the legal activists, the progressives vowed stronger resistance amid the attacks on legal activists who were “merely exercise…

Quest for justice continues for kin of the disappeared

“Nobody deserves this unending longing and pain.” MANILA – Relatives of the disappeared have once again gathered on Nov. 2 at the Bantayog ng mga Desaparecido at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Baclaran for their yearly traditional commemoration of All Soul’s Day. They carried not only candles and flowers to offer…