Month: March 2009

The acts of both the US and Philippine governments regarding the cases of Filipino women Nicole and Hazel, both victims of rape by American soldiers, said progressive women’s group Gabriela and Nicole’s lawyer Evalyn Ursua, demonstrate the abusive character of the US and the subservience of the Philippine government. They are, therefore, calling on the…

Seven newly released memos from the Bush Justice Department reveal a concerted strategy to cloak the president with power to override the Constitution. The memos provide “legal” rationales for the president to suspend freedom of speech and press; order warrantless searches and seizures, including wiretaps of US citizens; lock up US citizens indefinitely in the…

Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, author of a Senate resolution calling for the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), Evalyn Ursua, lawyer of Subic rape victim “Nicole”; Pacifico Agabin, dean of the Lyceum of the Philippines College of Law; Renato Reyes, Jr., Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan or New Patriotic Alliance) secretary-general; and Neri Javier Colmenares,…

The oil companies and Malacañang together squeeze about P328.98 million ($6,783,092 at the current exchange rate of $1=P48.50) in unjust collections everyday from Filipino consumers. This brazen act of exploitation is downright condemnable, especially today that millions of workers face unprecedented job scarcity and poverty. BY ARNOLD PADILLA Contributor Bulatlat Pump prices continued its downtrend…

Impoverished as they are after the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company imposed a reduced work scheme, three unions in Mankayan braved travel woes hoping to get what has been long due them. Instead, mineworkers and their wives went home empty-handed after security forces literally slammed the door of Lepanto’s Makati City office where they intended to…

This coming Holy Week, Mount Banahaw and Mount San Cristobal in Southern Tagalog will remain closed to pilgrims and trekkers “to allow the two mountains to “heal” themselves from decades of wanton environmental destruction.” BY AYI MUALLAM PinoyPress Posted by Bulatlat This coming Holy Week, Mount Banahaw and Mount San Cristobal in Southern Tagalog will…

There is still a month before the Balikatan exercises begin in Bicol, but already, preparations for these have claimed the life of a one-year-old girl and brought about US military intervention – with US troops manning checkpoints that have been set up across the region, most notably those in Pili, Camarines Sur and Matnog, Sorsogon.