Category: Other Stories

With the HSA, the government has redefined, even if unintentionally, the tenet of objectivity in journalism. The powers-that-be have created a condition in the mass media that discourages an exhaustive research on issues and concerns by limiting the sources of information to those who are not in the terrorist list. BY DANILO ARAÑA ARAO Philippine…

Cuba and the Philippines have something in common: they were former colonies of Spain and later the United States. These former colonies, however, gained their independence differently. BY ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 48, January 13-19, 2008 Cuba and the Philippines have something in common: they were former colonies…

By imposing tariff cut recently, the cash-strapped Arroyo government has not only failed to address high pump prices but defaulted on its responsibility to collect revenues, all in favor of the oil companies. BY IBON FOUNDATION Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 48, January 13-19, 2008 By imposing tariff cut recently, the cash-strapped Arroyo government…

The existence of lawyer Francis Ver was practically unknown until last Oct. 9, when Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran delivered a privilege speech at the House of Representatives accusing him of having offered a P2-million bribe three days before in exchange for supporting what was described as a “fake impeachment complaint” against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. BY…

In this age of “fast lanes,” “fastfoods” and “fast habits,” a significant number of people in the country have obviously taken for granted the quality and safety of the food they eat, and something must be done to prevent the trend from worsening. BY KARL G. OMBION Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 36, October 14-20, 2007…

Two years after it caused its first mine tailings spill in the island of Rapu-Rapu in Albay on October 11 2005, the Arroyo administration’s flagship mining project is now in the red and has left its promises of prosperity for Rapu-Rapu’s residents unfulfilled. BY KALIKASAN PEOPLE’S NETWORK FOR THE ENVIRONMENT Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII,…

The Japan Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) violates provisions of the 1987 Constitution which are vital to the country’s future economic development, according to independent think-tank IBON Foundation. BY IBON FOUNDATION Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 36, October 14-20, 2007 The Japan Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) violates provisions of the 1987 Constitution which…

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is trying to gain public support for the ratification of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) by flaunting that the free-trade pact will secure some US$353 million (P15.6 billion) worth of existing agricultural and fishery exports to Japan. But the benefits, if indeed there will be any, will be cornered…

Students from the University of Northern Philippines (UNP) through the initiative of Alliance of Concerned Students-Partido ng Demokratikong Mag-aaral (ACS-PDM), a campus party alliance, are now gearing up for the budget deliberation in Congress this coming November. BY ZOFIA LEAL Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 36, October 14-20, 2007 Students from the University of Northern Philippines…