Category: Commentary

With the Melo Commission just a phony, the President exonerating the AFP from any involvement in the extra-judicial killings and the CHR in limbo with regards its own investigation, whom will the families of the victims of political murders turn to for justice? By Bobby Tuazon Bulatlat.com Being toothless and seemingly beholden to the President,…

We have gone this far holding mass media as our own, having our trusty old watchdog, though limping and perhaps infested with fleas, bite the hands off dictators and dishonest leaders. Why let a strange collie, no matter how attractive it is, do the gate keeping? By ROANNE DURAN Contributed to Bulatlat.com The ownership and…

There are legal and political courses of action available internationally which the victims’ families, rights groups, lawyers and civil libertarians can take to seek redress for the unmitigated killings including the prosecution of those responsible. There have been legal precedents under which state governments, prime ministers and individual generals who have committed war crimes and…

Times like this, even a staunch opponent of the Arroyo administration would wish that government will get its act together, do whatever needs to be done with dispatch, in an organized way and with maximum effect. Alas, that may be asking too much if we go by Malacañangs track record and the most recent pronouncements…

Media workers may bask in the limelight and may wield tremendous amount of influence. But, as four topnotch Davao journalists tell davaotoday.com, they are not spared from poverty and the corruption and danger that it brings. BY GRACE S. UDDIN davaotoday.com Bulatlat.com DAVAO CITY – Print and broadcast journalists may have relative popularity or notoriety…

The powers-that-be are creating an atmosphere conducive for a subservient media and a kind of journalism that is biased for the “official line.” BY DANILO ARAÑA ARAO Bulatlat.com The political crisis besetting the Macapagal-Arroyo administration has reached a point where the latter now desperately needs a subservient media to politically survive. In the context of…

Although corruption in the media is rampant in Eastern Visayas (EV), there are still journalists here who believe that it is never justifiable to engage in any form of corruption just because of poor economic condition of journalists. BY MAUREEN JAPZON Bulatlat.com TACLOBAN CITY – Although corruption in the media is rampant in Eastern Visayas…

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…