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Education Secretary Edilberto de Jesus admits that shortages in classrooms and teachers throughout the country have increased to 42,641 and 51,319, respectively. Fifty percent of public schools, he said, have no principals at all. Meanwhile, students threaten to walk out on school opening June 21 to protest government neglect. By Ronalyn V. Olea Bulatlat.com The…

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines will host the Tolerance Prize for Southeast Asia administered by the Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). The awarding will be held on June 25 at the Westin Philippine Plaza Hotel in Manila. A forum on media and its role in reporting racial and ethnic issues will…

During the February-May campaign period, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo promised power consumers the lowest electricity rates in Southeast Asia. But with the impending increases in Meralco rates and Napocor generating charges, and the forthcoming removal of the inter-class cross subsidy, power consumers might as well consider themselves nakuryente, a vernacular slang term meaning fooled. By ALEXANDER…

Nearly 400 school children failed to enroll in Tuba, Benguet when the two schools in the area funded by a mining corporation refused to admit children of former employees. By ALDWIN QUITASOL Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat.com BAGUIO CITY — Philex Mining Corporation (PMC) in Padcal, Tuba, Benguet in northern Philippines has barred children of…

A Filipino migrant in the U.S. castigates Philippine media for “forgetting to mention historical events that led to the fall of Faustino Dy Jr. from power.” By Arturo P. Garcia Bulatlat.com After the much-delayed proclamation of the new Isabela governor Ma. Gracia Cielo “Bombo Grace” Padaca, the Philippine press harped and hyped about another classic…

After being forced by the military to sign a statement saying that an encounter between government troops and communist guerillas led to the killing of two minors last May in Sorsogon, village head Eduardo Adamos finally tells what happened on that fateful day: “Natakot lang ako kaya ako pumirma dun sa certification” (I signed the…

Ten-year old Levi Mabanan, the youngest political detainee in the country, was finally released May 15 from the military camp in Catbalogan, Samar, where he was forced to spend four years of his young life. By Bulatlat.com Levi Mabanan was only six years old when placed behind bars in 2000. He spent the last four…