Day: December 5, 2009

MANILA — After the brutal killings on Nov. 23, the province of Maguindanao is now under martial law. But only hours since the proclamation, the regime has faced various protests from progressive groups. On Saturday, at the Boy Scout Monument in Tomas Morato in Quezon City, more than a hundred protesters gathered to condemn the…

By ADELA WAYAS Northern Dispatch Bulatlat.com BAGUIO CITY — The Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (MAKABAYAN) held its first assembly in the city attended by about 300 members of different progressive partylists together with some local politicians on November 30. Bayan Muna partylist representative Teddy Casino delivered the keynote address where he outlined the achievements of…

By WENDY ATUBAN Northern Dispatch Bulatlat.com BAGUIO CITY— In a bid to become the country’s Coffee Arabica Capital, the region is preparing to revive its once thriving coffee industry, officials said last week in a press briefing. Recognizing that coffee is a “widely consumed prestigious beverage…and the second most traded commodity after petroleum,” the Cordillera…

Members of the Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (PISTON) renewed their call to the Big Three oil companies to stop oil price hikes during a noise barrage held in Cubao, Quezon City on Thursday. According to George San Mateo, PISTON secretary-general, since the lifting of E.O. 839, the big 3 oil…

A farmer and his sons said they were picked up by members of the 69th Infantry Battalion in sitio Salagunting, Barangay Fatima in Paquibato, where a landmine recently exploded on November 23, wounding four soldiers. Mateo Molato, father, 57, (center) and his sons Jimboy, 21, (left), and Richard, 18,(right), said they were beaten and forced…

By VIJAY PRASHAD CounterPunch International More US troops are being prepared for Afghanistan. The President charged them with (1) defeating or degrading the Taliban; (2) building the Afghan National Army. We have thrown in our lot with Hamid Karzai’s government. Its association with warlords is uncontestable (his own brother is an opium kingpin). Our enemy…