Category: Commentary

Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye’s statement last week calling on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s opponents and critics to refrain from making a political issue out of the Subic rape case misses the whole point — that the rape of a Filipina by visiting U.S. troops cannot be anything but a political issue. BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat.com…

The record of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the U.S. government reveals that she will not likely support any legal action against five U.S. Marines who are accused of gang-raping a Filipino woman on Nov. 1. By Bulatlat The record of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA)…

Canadian Gov’t Fails to Address Mining Abuses in RP The Canadian government is not taking any drastic action against human rights and environmental abuses of Canadian mining companies abroad, including the Philippines By Jennifer del Rosario-Malonzo Ibon Features The chances of getting the Canadian government to act on the proposals of the Parliamentary Standing Committee…

It should be amply evident by now that the killing of Church people, lawyers, members of people’s organizations, and leaders and members of progressive party-list groups is part of a state policy to eliminate dissenters, left-wing personalities involved in the electoral process, and political activists. By the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CENPEG) It…

By Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman Our first, short visit to Cuba has left us impressed with the accomplishments of the island-nation that for more than 40 years has stood up to global capitalism. We also returned home aware of the many limits of the revolution – some brought on or exacerbated by U.S. economic…

How does one of the smallest countries in the world stand up to bullying by the sole superpower? There are answers to be found in No Mas Bloqueo (No More Blockade), an inter-active multi-media CD produced and distributed by Cuba’s Ministry of External Relations. BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat.com How does one of the smallest…

The call for a snap election is a sure sign of desperation, not among the opposition but among Mrs. Arroyo’s own allies, many of whom are beginning to realize how incorrigibly focused she is on staying in power, even if it be to the entire nation’s detriment. By the Center for People Empowerment in Governance…

The call for a snap election is a sure sign of desperation, not among the opposition but among Mrs. Arroyo’s own allies, many of whom are beginning to realize how incorrigibly focused she is on staying in power, even if it be to the entire nation’s detriment. By the Center for People Empowerment in Governance…

Repression invites more resistance than fear, and usually succeeds in achieving the exact opposite of its intention to intimidate. By the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CENPEG) The Arroyo regime is focused on survival, but is instead succeeding in strengthening already widespread opposition to it. The reason for this is simple and fundamental: it…

The future of the Arroyo administration is at best uncertain, and at worst exceedingly bleak. CenPEG is a public policy center set up shortly before the May 2004 elections to help promote people empowerment in governance and democratic representation of the marginalized poor in an elitist and patronage-driven electoral and political system. By the Center…