Category: Breaking News

BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat.com Posted 11:00 P.M., May 31, 2006 Journalists all over the country and friends from cause-oriented organizations wore black today in various protest activities to bid farewell to slain colleague Fernando “Dong” Batul, a commentator for DYPR in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Batul was shot dead by two motorcycle-riding men at…

Bulatlat.com Posted 8:30 p.m., May 27, 2006 Noli Capulong, secretary general of the party-list group Bayan Muna, was killed near St. John Hospital in Barangay Parian, Calamba town in the province of Laguna (52 km south of Manila) today at around 6 in the evening. Dorris Cuario, secretary general of the human rights group Karapatan…

BY BULATLAT Posted 12:05 p.m. March 3, 2006 President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo lifted the state of emergency March 3, a week after she declared it supposedly to quash an alleged coup plot. The lifting was made after her advisers assured her that the coup threat had eased. The defense, justice, and police chiefs said on March…

BY BULATLAT Posted 4:30 p.m. March 1, 2006 The six farmers accused of killing brothers Michael and Paul Quintos – sons of a local landlord in Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro – on Dec. 13, 1997 were meted out the death penalty this morning in an 80-page decision by Judge Teresita Yadao of Branch 81, Quezon City…

BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Posted 5:55 p.m. Feb. 28, 2006 The ex parte inquest (inquest without the respondents) proceedings held at the House of Representatives (HOR) around 3:30 p.m. today regarding the rebellion charge filed against five party-list representatives was illegal, Neri Colmenares, general counsel of Bayan Muna (People First) said. Bayan Muna Reps. Satur Ocampo,…

BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Posted 6:50 p.m. Feb. 27, 2006 Four progressive party-list representatives – Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casiño of Bayan Muna (People First), Rafael Mariano of Anakpawis (Toiling Masses), and Liza Maza of Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) who eluded arrest after a press conference of the House Minority bloc February 25 at the…

BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Posted 6:45 p.m. Feb. 27, 2006 Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran and his lawyer, Justice Romeo Capulong, walked out of the inquest proceedings for a new charge of rebellion filed against Beltran at the conference room of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) at noon today. Public Prosecutor Emmanuel Velasco of the…

Or how rural women are trading sex for rice due to hunger The Philippines observed World Food Day this year amid an atmosphere of increasing hunger. Amid worsening hunger, a number of women in the rural areas – where food crops are grown – have been turning to what is called palit-bigas prostitution. BY ALEXANDER…

Asia Pacific farmers, advocates meet in Negros conference Stories of hunger, oppression, government neglect, landlessness, greediness of agro-chemical transnational corporations, to democratic protest movements and armed struggle for genuine land reform and social change in Asia-Pacific are narrated by farmers and advocates of agrarian reform in the region during a recent conference in Negros Occidental.…