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By Bulatlat.com Posted 1:10 p.m., Aug. 21, 2008 A progressive party-list group has urged the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to resume their peace negotiations, placing respect for human rights and international humanitarian law on top of the agenda. “Even as both panels address the…

By Bulatlat.com August 18, 2008 – 12:39 p.m. An ecumenical group of peace advocates slammed the ‘political machinations of the Arroyo regime’ in the peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). In its statement, the Initiatives for Peace in Mindanao (InPeace) said Arroyo…

The recent series of petroleum pump price rollbacks are welcome but oil firms should be transparent with their pricing particularly in the wake of windfall profits earned by oil firms due to record-high world crude prices. BY IBON FOUNDATION Posted by Bulatlat.com Vol. VIII, No. 28, August 17-23, 2008 The recent series of petroleum pump…

A youth group revealed that an average college student would save at least P710 ($15.805) every month if the value-added tax (VAT) on products and services were scrapped. Bulatlat.com Vol. VIII, No. 28, August 17-23, 2008 A youth group revealed that an average college student would save at least P710 ($15.669 at an exchange rate…

Critics say that it is saddening that a landmark agreement, like the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), is now being used as a tool to revive Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s charter change drive. BY NOEL SALES BARCELONA…

The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said aggressive fund-sourcing is the ultimate motive for Environment Secretary Joselito Atienza’s current talk on rehabilitation of the Manila Bay, which the group said has never been a priority of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) since Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo assumed…

Sixty-three years after the Second World War ended, the Japanese Imperial Army’s “comfort women” are still fighting for justice despite their age. BY NOEL SALES BARCELONA Bulatlat.com Vol. VIII, No. 28, August 17-23, 2008 Sixty-three years after the Second World War ended, the Japanese Imperial Army’s “comfort women” are still fighting for justice despite their…

Women workers, widows and relatives of labor leaders killed under the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo government stood together to demand justice and an end to trade union repression. BY RONALYN V. OLEA LABOR WATCH Bulatlat.com Volume VIII, Number 28, August 17-23, 2008 Women workers, widows and relatives of labor leaders killed under the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo government stood…

Even as they provide much-needed health services in far-flung areas, community health workers (CHWs) are not spared from being targets of the military’s counter-insurgency campaign. In Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, two CHWs shared how they risk their lives just to be able to continue serving the poor. Their stories reveal how soldiers from the Armed Forces…

BY Bulatlat.com August 15, 2008 – 4:10 p.m. As Malacañang declared all systems go for charter change, progressive groups under the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan – New Patriotic Alliance) started their protests against the renewed bid for charter change. More than 200 members of Bayan and member organizations held a noise barrage at the Welcome…