Category: Commentary

The presidential order forming the commission is widely seen more as a political gimmick rather than as a major step toward stopping the extra-judicial killings. It was meant to mollify public outrage over the killings and clear the constitutionally-impaired presidency of possible accountability. BY THE POLICY STUDIES, PUBLICATION AND ADVOCACY (PSPA) PROGRAM CENTER FOR PEOPLE…

The Arroyo government does not need more powers to confront terrorism, it needs less of it. On the other hand, the Filipino people must not surrender their rights to confront terrorism, it needs more of it. BY BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com The alleged foiled plot of terrorists to bomb commercial planes shuttling from Heathrow Airport in…

First of three parts In the long-drawn war against the Marxist guerrillas where force takes the lead, the country’s security forces have had a reproachable record in human rights threatening even legitimate political dissent, the peaceful advocacy of radical reform and, now, the use of the legislature to push for patriotic and progressive legislation. BY…

Certain things stand out despite the inevitable fog of war, including the accompanying lop-sided propaganda war being waged, that a fair-minded and serious person can make out. And that is, it is overwhelmingly the Lebanese people – civilians who are getting killed by the hundreds and wounded by the thousands, with one third of the…

The Bicol Region, located at the southernmost part of Luzon, is one of the places where the battle between the government and communist revolutionaries for winning the hearts and minds of the people is particularly intense. Mang Ricky and Aling Melba, interviewed by Bulatlat somewhere in the region, said that aside from the poverty they…

In the long-drawn war against the Marxist guerrillas where force takes the lead, the country’s security forces have had a reproachable record in human rights threatening even legitimate political dissent, the peaceful advocacy of radical reform and, now, the use of the legislature to push for patriotic and progressive legislation. BY BOBBY TUAZON Bulatlat.com “We…