Day: July 26, 2008

Sleeping Soundly. The baby sleeps soundly, oblivious of the hustle and bustle and the heat of the day, as the mother tries to eke out a living on one of Metro Manila’s busy streets. He does not seem to particularly mind that he lies on a considerably uneven “surface” – a pile of fruits in…

An investigation led by GWP Representative Liza Maza on the plight of Okinawa rape victim Hazel discovered that she was a victim three times over: of rape, human trafficking, and of government neglect. BY RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat Volume VIII, No. 25, July 27-August 2, 2008 It is an all-too-familiar story of an OFW who…

The Arroyo government fleeces them of their savings before they could work abroad. From the 76 documents required of them, OFWs are charged P17,665 ($399) each, netting for the government around P2.92 billion ($66,018,539) a year. While working abroad, the government charges them for documentary stamps 15 percent for every remittance transaction. Thus, with the…