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Amid EDSA People Power commemoration, is another one in the offing?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective This year’s EDSA people power celebration is turning out to be a very polarized one, despite the Duterte administration’s attempt to downgrade it. Two events have heightened the polarization: the retraction of former Davao police officer Arthur Lascañas who is now claiming that the Davao Death Squad did exist and…

The Trump presidency | What is in store for the US and the world?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The shocking victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential elections – despite the lies that he dished out, his racist, xenophobic, homophobic, anti-women statements, and his blunders during the debates – has been attributed to the rise of the “populist right” in the US and Europe. Understandably so because…

What do the Brexit, Trump victory and the Marcos burial have in common?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The people could gain insights from these three major yet seemingly unrelated events. Actually there are common threads that link these three events in world politics. First, these are all products of democratic institutions and processes. The Brexit was decided by a referendum. Trump’s victory, of course, was the result…

The Duterte administration and the politics of accommodation

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Despite his tough guy, macho image and no-holds-barred, brash manner of speaking, President Duterte is turning out to be a practitioner of the politics of accommodation. Just yesterday, July 19, former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo walked out free, after being held in custody, albeit in a hospital, for most of the…

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Shortly upon taking over the presidency of the premier state university in the country the University of the Philippines in 2011, Alfredo Pascual hosted a dinner discussion with the media to respond to questions regarding his policy directions. When asked whether his administration would impose a tuition increase, Pascual said…

Attacks on environmental activists, indigenous peoples, and the destruction of the environment

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Recent Bulatlat.com articles show an alarming trend in the country and the world: the murder, harassments, and forced evacuation being committed against environmental activists and indigenous peoples. The series of articles on Lumad killings and the harassment and surveillance on an environmental activist show why the Philippines is the deadliest…

A lesson in respect

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Filipinos are known for their hospitality. But hospitality and graciousness are not the only values being taught to Filipino children. Filipinos also value respect. Children could never tell their parents to “shut up” or “I hate you,” because that would be disrespectful. Filipinos use the term po, opo, manong, manang,…