Tags: Rafael Mariano

A resurrected case of political persecution

First, I apologize to this column’s regular readers for my inability to come out with a piece in the past two weeks. By now I’m sure you have already surmised the reason why, given the wide reportage in the media on a questionable court case involving me. Yes, considering the uneasy political climate, I have…

Soldiers harass mission probing rights abuses in Mindanao

“We came here for a very urgent reason, we came here to verify mounting reports of rights abuse against peasant and Lumad communities perpetrated allegedly by military elements. No wonder the military people do not want us here.”

The wild, wild swing of the Duterte administration

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective “Change is coming.” That was the campaign teaser of Rodrigo Roa Duterte when he was running for president. His campaign slogan, mass appeal, straightforwardness and image of a man of action swept him to the presidency. President Duterte hit the ground running. He pushed the peace talks with the National…

High stakes confirmation hearing

On Wednesday, three progressive Cabinet members — Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez, Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, and Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano — will be up for confirmation by the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA). They have been twice bypassed by the CA and subsequently twice reappointed in the interim by President…