Category: Commentary

BY JEWELYN MARANAN Contributed to Bulatlat.com Christ’s passion has for years been compared to the present conditions of the Filipino people who have perpetually been under the burden of social ills. This comparison has developed the tradition of Kalbaryo ng Bayan since the early 90’s which has been flexibly applied and modified based on the…

BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat.com The government, said Bayan Muna (People First) Rep. Teddy Casiño, may impose additional taxes to raise the income needed to finance this year’s proposed P1.053 trillion ($20,371,445,153) national budget. In the 2006 proposed budget, the real value of the proposed budget for education and health decreased while that for debt…

BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Bulatlat.com Military rebels are “silently observing” the people’s reaction to the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration’s charter change maneuvers. “If the people will strongly react against it, there might be another attempt of military intervention to solve the current political impasse,” a retired military officer who has close ties with the military rebels said.…

BY BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com The country is again facing the prospect of oil price spikes. Why? Can nothing be done about it? The country, and the world, are again being threatened with the probability of run-away increases in the prices of oil, gas, and its derivatives. New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for June…

By Trina Melissa Federis Bulatlat.com Summer is a time for ice cream, as the hot weather tends to increase demand for this already popular dessert. At this time, Philippine-owned enterprises compete with their foreign counterparts by lowering their prices, the same strategy they have adopted regardless of the season and weather. Spouses Jun and Angie…

BY BENJIE OLIVEROS (Bulatlat.com) The government cannot merely ignore the results of opinion surveys and issues raised against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and simply claim that criticisms against her are false and the handiwork of the opposition. This seems to be a bad week for Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who celebrated her 59th birthday April 5 as criticisms against…

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…