Category: Other Stories

Four couples find love across the Pacific Being in a foreign country does not prevent one from falling in love, even in a time of diaspora. Globalization and love have something in common since both can cut across all borders. Unlike the former, however, the latter does not have any ill-effects. BY CAESAR A. BAROÑA…

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan or New Patriotic Alliance) hit the resumption of Balikatan exercises in Mindanao and called on senatorial and congressional candidates to take a stand against the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). BY EMILY VITAL Bulatlat The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan or New Patriotic Alliance) hit the resumption of Balikatan exercises in Mindanao…

If Pres. Arroyo wants to talk about “social payback from the booming economy”, the only acceptable and meaningful social payback that Filipino workers deserve today is a substantial wage increase complemented by price controls, tax reforms, and drastic increases in social services spending BY ARNOLD PADILLA Ibon Foundation Posted by Bulatlat In a televised forum…

The management of the country’s premier public hospital said that there is a need to increase fees to have funds for improving facilities and services. Various groups, however, argued that increasing fees will be done at the expense of the poor who are supposed to be the main beneficiaries of public health services. BY AUBREY…

“The mine will only aggravate poverty among the people. DENR has started to unleash an environmental time bomb with the full commercial operation of Lafayette.” – Trixie Concepcion, Defend Patrimony spokesperson and geologist BY LISA ITO Bulatlat In complete disregard of the technical findings and recommendations of the Rapu-Rapu Fact-Finding Commission (RRFFC) issued last May…

The “detention” by Moro rebels of a military group led by Muslim convert Brig. Gen. Benjamin Dolorfino last week stemmed from the repeated postponement of a proposed tripartite meeting with the government and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). The proposed tripartite meeting was to tackle issues related to the implementation of the 1996 Final…

Until the early 1990s, residents living near the Port of Batangas had a decent income, most of them even had enough resources to send their children to college. But twelve years after the port’s expansion and privatization, the residents who were driven out of their homes and relocated in villages far away from the port…

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples warns that the Arroyo government’s inability to stop extra-judicial killings in the Philippines is undermining its international standing. By Bulatlat The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples last week warned that the Arroyo government’s inability to stop extra-judicial killings in the Philippines is undermining its international…

A National Internal Security Program (NISP) briefing paper dated May 5, 2006, a copy of which was obtained by Bulatlat from reliable sources, bared a systematic campaign by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) directed against partylist groups tagged by the government as “communist front organizations.” BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Bulatlat A National Internal Security…