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BY Bulatlat.com September 1, 2008 – 6:21 p.m. An activist environmental group is not convinced at all in the Metro Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) claim of cleaner air. Clemente Bautista, national coordinator of the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (KPNE) branded MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando’s claim as pure air. Fernando declared that there was…

I think no one will disagree with the proposition that our problems in the judiciary, in the legislature, in the executive branch, in the rest of our institutions and processes are inextricably intertwined and will defy lasting solutions unless we dismantle the prevailing unjust social and economic order and establish a truly free, democratic and…

Edita Burgos, mother of the disappeared activist Jonas and General Manager of the We Forum, called on journalists to rise above the “more dangerous barrier” to pursuing a story: that which is self-imposed. BY RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com Volume VIII, Number 30, August 31-September 6, 2008 Edita Burgos has been brought to the limelight since…

“The OceanaGold Corporation and Lafayette mining projects are both anti-people and anti-environment. These are the main reasons why OGC will not prosper and will fail.” Bulatlat.com Volume VIII, Number 30, August 31 – September 6, 2008 Environmentalists, indigenous peoples, and Church people picketed the Australian New Zealand (ANZ) Bank office in Makati City demanding that…

Four of the largest rural-based organizations in the Philippines have issued a statement opposing five proposed farmland-as-collateral bills in the House of Representatives, claiming they would lead to massive cancellations of land titles currently held by farmers who have benefited from the country’s agrarian reform program. BY GERRY ALBERT CORPUZ Politics in Command / UPI…

As Malacañang forwarded to Congress the proposed P1.4-trillion national budget for 2009 last Aug. 26, the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (Courage) said that Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is really preparing for the elections of 2010, adding that they will guard the P1.41-trillion budget to ensure that it would not be used…

Political payback. That is how the members of the Water System Employees’ Response (WATER), the largest federation of water district workers in the country, see the appointment of former Surigao del Norte (1st District) representative and defeated administration senatorial candidate Prospero Pichay Jr., as the new Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) chief. BY NOEL SALES…

The offshore mining in Cebu-Bohol Strait and other parts of the Visayan basin will affect the livelihood of more than 100,000 small fishermen and 500,000 dependents, and will further exacerbate the problem of food security of 87 million Filipinos. BY GERRY ALBERT CORPUZ Bulatlat.com Volume VIII, Number 30, August 31 – September 6, 2008 ARGAO,…

The “massacre” of government employees’ jobs begins now that the Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the constitutionality of the much disputed Republic Act No. 9335 or the Lateral Attrition Act of 2005, authored by Quezon Rep. Danilo E. Suarez. BY NOEL SALES BARCELONA Bulatlat.com Vol. VIII, No. 30, August 31-September 6, 2008 The “massacre” of…

BY NOEL SALES BARCELONA Bulatlat.com Posted 5:11 p.m., Aug. 27, 2008 Quezon City—It is Malacañang, all this time that has been behind the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) ownership issue, using the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to pressure the Lopez bloc to give up its shares. This was the statement of the Confederation for Unity,…