Category: Salungguhit

The relatives of victims of forced disappearance have seen a flash of hope with the Supreme Court’s recent approval of the rules for the writ of amparo. The writ of amparo orders military and police officials to produce or actively search for victims of enforced disappearances, provides access to military camps for relatives searching for…

Four years after presidential spouse Mike Arroyo hit the headlines for his alleged ownership of the Jose Pidal accounts, in which government funds to be used as President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s campaign funds were supposedly deposited, he again courts a corruption-related controversy. This time he is directly implicated in the National Broadband Network (NBN) deal, an…

The Arroyo administration is patting itself on the back with the recent conviction of former President Joseph Estrada, who was ousted in 2001 through a popular uprising, for plunder. But President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has no reason to congratulate herself. While the verdict of Estrada is a rendering of justice, the Arroyo administration must not rejoice…

Election Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer totally missed the point when he told reporters last week that the Commission on Elections en banc is considering to file electoral sabotage charges against at least two media executives for “spreading false news, false comment that diminish the credibility of Comelec.” Ferrer was alluding to media reports of massive fraud…

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano must have heaved a sigh of relief when last May’s senatorial and local elections pushed through, thinking that with the polls the so-called “Hello Garci” issue would be swept under the rug and finally laid to rest. But ghosts like that do not…

The Philippines, as in other countries in the world, is currently facing threats of a dry spell, and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is going around telling the people to conserve water to be able to cope with the impending crisis. She is, however, barking at the wrong tree. The dry spell that looms over the country…

By Flon Faurillo / Bulatlat The Filipino people have been badly bruised so far by three repressive measures – the calibrated preemptive response policy (CPR), which discarded the maximum tolerance policy in dealing with protest actions; Presidential Proclamation No. 1017, which declared a “state of national emergency” throughout the country; and Executive Order No. 464,…

The Filipino people have been badly bruised so far by three repressive measures – the calibrated preemptive response policy (CPR), which discarded the maximum tolerance policy in dealing with protest actions; Presidential Proclamation No. 1017, which declared a “state of national emergency” throughout the country; and Executive Order No. 464, which prevented cabinet-level officials from…