Month: March 2007

As human rights advocates here commemorated the second death anniversary of Romy Sanchez, they also condemned the passage amid wide opposition of the Human Security Act of 2007 also known as the Anti-Terrorism Law. Sanchez is the first activist killed in Northern Luzon under the Arroyo administration. BY KIM QUITASOL Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat…

At about 10 pm on February 26, four Armalite-wielding men wearing ski masks forcibly entered the home of Eduardo Macapagal, 54, and tried to take him away at gunpoint. The soldiers failed to take Macapagal with them after his family refused to let go of him. “This is another clear proof that the military is…

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is being asked to explain reports of summary executions of a number of suspected communist leaders and guerrillas. The demand has been raised for possible violations of international humanitarian law and protocols of war. BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Bulatlat In three separate incidents in the last three weeks, a…

Television is generally acknowledged to have the longest reach of all the media today, with audience access estimated at 96 percent of all Filipinos nationwide. Much has thus been said about TV’s being the political battleground in the campaign for this year’s elections BY LUIS V. TEODORO Business Mirror Posted by Bulatlat TELEVISION is generally…

How are we to believe de facto president Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo when she proclaims that the new anti-terrorism bill, euphemistically named the Human Security Act, will be used against supposed bombers and not protesters? On the contrary, such fascist legislation will certainly give further license to the Arroyo regime-sanctioned death squads responsible for the political…

Philippine elections have always been tainted with fraud, marred by violence, dominated by political dynasties, and characterized by broken promises of politicians. It has never resulted in the betterment of the lives of majority of the Filipino people. But the way things are shaping up, this may be the worst elections yet. BY BENJIE OLIVEROS…

Notwithstanding efforts of the Arroyo administration to bar the top party-list group from winning in the upcoming polls, Bayan Muna (People First) received a Special Mayor’s Award during the Queen City’s 70th Charter Day celebration last week. BY KAREN S. PAPELLERO Bulatlat CEBU CITY– Notwithstanding efforts of the Arroyo administration to bar the top party-list…

In its dire effort to meet the three-year deadline to end the communist insurgency in the country, soldiers are now going on “campus tour” to try to “win the hearts minds” of university students in Metro Manila and to discourage them from getting involved in youth activism. A group of teachers, however, cried foul. BY…