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By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star A month hence President Aquino will deliver his sixth and last state-of-the-nation address. However much he may embellish his administration’s achievements on the economy, anti-corruption drive and governmental reforms, he will be hounded by at least two unresolved issues: his “dismal record” on human…

By RONALYN V. OLEA
The Aquino government boasted that its new counterinsurgency program Oplan Bayanihan is totally different from the infamous Oplan Bantay Laya of the previous administration. However, the mounting cries for justice of the people of Bondoc Peninsula in southern Luzon shows that it is different only in name, but the same in essence.

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com DLUMAY, Sarangani — (Second of two parts) In an effort to document the human rights violations being perpetrated on the Blaans, Clans organized a peace and solidarity mission to visit Sitio Dlumay. More than 150 reporters and members of NGOs responded to CLANS’ invitation. The participants left General Santos…

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today condemned the massacre of a prominent botanist and his two assistants last Nov. 15, and pinned responsibility on the 19th IB, calling for its expulsion from the region for committing mass killings and other human rights violations for so many years. “The NDF-EV condoles with the families and friends…

An association of 350 Catholic nuns from 40 congregations in Mindanao expressed outrage over the inclusion of Church people to the reported ‘order of battle’ of the 10th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. In a document titled “JCICC ‘AGILA’ 3rd QTR 2007 OB VALIDATION RESULT,” several Catholic and Protestant groups were…

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Analysis Bulatlat MANILA — The United Nations (UN), including its committees and commissions, is not known for straightforward and precise assessments and statements. Its reports and statements are usually couched in diplomatic language. This is understandable because the UN is comprised of governments, thus they would not want to offend each other…

BY RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat Left-leaning groups vowed to block retired Major General Jovito Palparan Jr.’s proclamation as partylist representative. In light of the Supreme Court ruling on April 21 adding 32 additional partylist representatives in Congress, Bantay partylist will get one seat and thus make Palparan a member of Congress. House Deputy Minority Leader…

A report of a fact-finding mission revealed that a de facto martial law reigns in Maria Aurora, Aurora, affecting the day-to-day lives of residents. BY TERENCE KRISHNA V. LOPEZ HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Contributor Bulatlat MARIA AURORA, Aurora (237 kms. North of Manila)- Beautiful mountain ranges, enticing rivers, winding roads, captivating green fields and rich forest…

The city’s largest district of over 40,000 people, Paquibato has become a virtual garrison these days. People cannot move around the place without identification cards bearing the signature of soldiers. BY CHERYLL FIEL, GERMELINA LACORTE, AND GRACE UDDIN Davao Today HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Posted by Bulatlat DAVAO CITY — The city’s largest district of over…