Category: Commentary

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo BusinessWorld Posted by Bulatlat.com Many a young officer learns soon enough the yawning gap between the ideals that he learned in the military or police academy ­– courage, integrity, loyalty ­ and the reality of military and police establishments that have succumbed to the rot of corruption, dishonesty, favoritism and organized criminal…

By Antonio Tujan Jr. Ibon Features Posted by Bulatlat.com The current people’s initiative for charter change is itself a mockery of genuine people’s governance because it reportedly involves bribing voters and local government officials—a classic example of graft and corruption. The shift to a parliamentary system under the proposed charter change (Cha-cha) would “significantly reduce”…

After three decades of hosting large-scale mining projects, Marinduque remains impoverished, ranked as the country’s 14th poorest province with a staggering poverty incidence of 71.9 percent. By Dennis Espada Bulatlat The people of Marinduque (some 170 kms south of Manila) marked March 24 as a “day of mourning, unity and action” to remember an ill-fated…

Gen. Generoso Senga, in a recent speech before the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa), acknowledged that “the alliance between the military and the leftist rebels to oust Mrs. Arroyo has been deepening for over two years now and will not be uprooted in a single stroke.” BY CAROL PAGADUAN-ARAULLO Streetwise / Business World Posted by Bulatlat…

BY IBON FOUNDATION Posted by Bulatlat Contrary to the propaganda of the country’s economic managers, charter change is not a solution to the country’s economic problems. Rather, charter change is part of an economic restructuring agenda advanced by the U.S. and other rich countries to open the country further to exploitation by their transnational corporations.…

The worsening joblessness and underemployment reflect the backward and crisis-ridden state of the economy. It shows the folly of the neo-liberal policies of privatization, liberalization, and deregulation, not to mention the inability of the Arroyo administration in addressing poverty. BY BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat A study by Ibon Foundation reveals that the Arroyo administration has the…

Leaders of the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) vowed to launch a nationally-coordinated fluvial protest on Feb. 24 against a new order from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) allowing the 25-year lease of idle coastal areas all over the country to big investors. By Gerry Albert Corpuz…

The appearance of pictures of former President Fidel V. Ramos meeting with opposition leaders Senate President Franklin Drilon, former Sen. Vicente Sotto III, and former Vice President Teofisto Guingona Jr. days after the New Year sparked speculation about an emerging rift within the political camp supporting the embattled President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO…

BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Bulatlat.com Found by relatives on Dec. 5, the body of Jocelyn Diaz-Pernia, 34, showed bruises on the face and stomach and strangulation marks on the neck. Pernia’s case is not unique. She is in fact just one of 12 victims of domestic violence reported everyday. Pernia’s small concrete house was dim. The…