Category: Commentary

BY EMILY VITAL Bulatlat Seven years after the concurrence by the Philippine Senate of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), critics reiterate the demand for the junking of the said agreement. They also hit the new RP-US accord which they say will further strengthen and widen the scope of US intervention in the Philippines. Seven years…

BY TRINA FEDERIS Bulatlat Peasants are usually depicted as a hardworking people, perpetually hunched over their crops, their limbs half-buried in mud. Under the scorching heat of the sun, or the lashings of the rain, they stay on, either protecting their crops, or harvesting. But who will protect this neglected sector when the powerful come…

BY AUBREY MAKILAN Bulatlat Fr. Felino Bugauisan, assistant parish priest of Rapu-Rapu and chair of Sagip-Isla (Save the island), a multi-sectoral organization opposed to mining operations in the island off Legazpi City in Albay, threatened to file charges against LGU officials who allegedly accepted P100,000 in exchange for their signature to the MoA with Lafayette…

BY ZOFIA LEAL Bulatlat “Even as Filipinos now have reached the summit of Mt. Everest, the youth remained at the bottom under the administration of Arroyo. Education has become harder to reach and achieve,” says League of Filipino Students (LFS) High School chair Hiyas Garduce says of the Filipino youth’s current condition. Reynaldo and Roy…

BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Bulatlat Sitting on the front porch of his quarters at the Bonifacio Naval Station (BNS), retired Navy Capt. Julian Advincula watched from a video camera the tape that captured how members of the Philippine Marines forcibly evicted his neighbor-colleagues from their own quarters at high noon of May 20. “Tingnan mo yang…

BY BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo told the recent 27th National Conference of Employers that by working with her government, they can take the country to the “Enchanted Kingdom of First World Success.” But the country is nowhere near the road to success. On the contrary, it is well on the road to perdition.…

BY ZOFIA LEAL Bulatlat.com This coming school year, students and their parents will have to face another round of tuition fee increases. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) issued Memorandum No. 14 allowing private schools and universities to raise tuition by 7.6 percent, consistent with the current inflation rate, without prior consultation. This coming school…

BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat.com For Bayan Muna (People First) Rep. Teddy Casiño, there is indeed space for progressive groups in the electoral and parliamentary arena, but it is now constricting. “It is getting smaller and smaller because the Arroyo government, which represents the status quo, is afraid of change,” he told Bulatlat in an…