Category: Salungguhit

In July 2000, a typhoon that ravaged parts of the Philippines caused a huge garbage dump in Payatas, Quezon City to collapse, crushing more than a hundred nearby shanties and burying more than 500 residents. The tragedy shocked the nation and Payatas came to be considered as a symbol of urban poverty in the Philippines.…

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…

By Flon Faurillo Bulatlat The opposition and administration camps are now frantically preparing for the May 2007 national and local elections. The Lakas-NUCD-led administration coalition party has been downplaying the opposition’s chances of winning, harping on the alleged disunity among them. Indeed, some opposition personalities have expressed their intention to run for the Senate with…

By Flon Faurillo / Bulatlat President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has recently backtracked on her avowed pro-Charter change stance, in the wake of protests from various segments of society including major church groups. Her move was apparently intended to diffuse the outrage spawned by the Charter change drive, particularly the questionable manner in which House Resolution No.…

By Flon Faurillo Bulatlat.com Is the country being visited by the ghost of the Marcos dictatorship? This appears to be the case. Today as in the years immediately before the declaration of martial law on Sept. 21, 1972, the Filipino people are reeling from poverty and an economic crisis that fuel social and political unrest.…

By Flon Faurillo / Bulatlat In Central Luzon, the mad rush for cedulas (community tax certificates) has reached such absurd proportions that people have been known to forego even activities considered more urgent in normal times. This is driven by the campaign of the military in the region, under the command of Maj. Gen. Jovito…

By Flon Faurillo / Bulatlat Bulatlat.com The widespread “terrorist” scare which came on the heels of the foiled terror plot reported by British authorities has reached ridiculous proportions – amounting to paranoia – in the Philippines. This is most evident in the new security measures presently being implemented at the Metro Rail System (MRT) in…

By Flon Faurillo Bulatlat.com Involuntary disappearances, one of the cruelest forms of human rights violations, are becoming a cause for concern under the Arroyo administration. Even the Supreme Court has taken up the issue, in a number of cases ordering the military to produce the victims. State forces, which are believed to be behind the…