Category: Other Stories

By ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat MANILA — In the urban areas, climate change tends to be thought about in the abstract. But in the rural and coastal communities, the phenomenon is very tangible. “Here in the cities, we tend to think of climate change only as a reason for having to postpone our outings, because…

By ARNOLD PADILLA Contributor Bulatlat MANILA – On May 20, the House Committee on Agrarian Reform finally scheduled a public hearing on House Bill 3059. The proponents of the bill, also called the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB), came in full force. Leaders of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) from as far as Mindanao…

By ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat BAGUIO CITY — The representative of an indigenous peoples’ federation in the Cordillera reported at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) that corporate and large-scale mining worsens climate change and calls for the moratorium on large-scale mining and extractive industries in indigenous territories.…

BY LYN V. RAMO Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat An enterprising family in La Trinidad, Benguet (250 kms north of Manila) engaged in home-made detergents claim the title of the only soap-maker in the Cordillera who has passed government standards set for the laundry soap and detergent-making industry. Besides laundry detergents they also manufacture bleach,…

By ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat MAKATI CITY, Philippines – Hundreds of members of various Moro groups flocked today to the embassies of Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) here to protest the Arroyo government’s application for permanent observer status in the 57-member Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). The protesters also called…

BY ARNOLD PADILLA Contributor Bulatlat MANILA –Oil firms, in particular the so-called Big Three, are again on the defensive. A trial court judge has ordered them to open their books of account for scrutiny. The order is meant to determine if the three oil firms operate as a cartel. Meanwhile, the Arroyo administration’s chief economist…

By ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat MANILA – The chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), which has been engaged in on-and-off peace negotiations with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) since 1986, has derided new Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Lt. Gen. Victor…

BY MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat A year ago this week, Crispin ‘Ka Bel’ Beltran died after falling off the roof he was trying to fix. He was only 75 years old. His wife, Osang Beltran, said, “to think that I’d been happily regarding his renewed weight gain and health recovery…” To this day, she still grits…