Day: November 19, 2005

To those who fear him, Duterte is “the punisher,” as Time magazine described him three years ago. To those who respect him, he is the man who keeps the peace. To his political adversaries, he plays dirty. To others whose lives he touched through his generosity, he has a heart of gold. To keen political…

A week after their murdered union leader was buried, striking farm workers in Hacienda Luisita resumed negotiations with management—still angry, wary and defiant. They want the strike to be resolved but at the same time they do not want to compromise their rights. By Abner Bolos Bulatlat.com In the afternoon of Nov. 10, hundreds of…

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has joined residents in calling for the military to leave Hacienda Luisita. By Abner Bolos Bulatlat.com The Task Force Ramos of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has called for the withdrawal of soldiers of the Northern Luzon Command from the barangays (villages) in Hacienda Luisita in the wake of the…

Journalists and artists have recently issued statements denouncing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s call for media to “focus on winners, not losers.” BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat.com Journalists denounced President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo��s strongly-worded speech at the Nov. 10 conference of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP, Association of Broadcasters in the Philippines) in Baguio City.…

The 16-year-old boy, his arms outstretched as if to celebrate victory, may remind one of Jack Dawson, the character portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1997 film Titanic who shouted “I am the king of the world!” on the ship’s deck. Photographed last Nov. 1 in Currimao, Ilocos Norte (464 kms. north of Manila), the…

With the dismissal of the impeachment complaints against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the House of Representatives last September, the people have no recourse left but to take over the search for truth. This is the rationale behind the formation and recent opening of the Citizens’ Congress for Truth and Accountability (CCTA), say its convenors and…

Members of the women’s groups Gabriela and Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) picketed the U.S. Embassy in Manila Nov. 5 to condemn the rape of a 22-year-old Filipina in Subic, Zambales (138 kms. north of Manila) by six U.S. Marine servicemen on Nov. 1. They demanded the pull-out of U.S. troops from the Philippines and called…

The record of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the U.S. government reveals that she will not likely support any legal action against five U.S. Marines who are accused of gang-raping a Filipino woman on Nov. 1. By Bulatlat The record of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA)…