By JOAN GARCIA Bulatlat.com CANDON, Ilocos Sur — It was hot on the morning of December 10 as protesters marched in the streets to commemorate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). More than 250 protesters, mostly farmers, came from different provinces of the region to challenge President Benigno S. Aquino III to protect and…
By JOAN GARCIA Bulatlat.com CANDON, Ilocos Sur — The 3rd Regional Assembly of the Ilocos Human Rights Alliance (IHRA-Karapatan) paved the way for the different sectors of the region to unite and strengthen their resolve in fighting for their rights. For the people of Ilocos, especially for the farmers and fisher folks, life is tougher…
By JOAN GARCIA Bulatlat.com LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte–One would not normally hear the blaring guitars and growling of heavy metal bands coincide with that of the beats of the tongatongand the soft chants of a salidummay. However, on December 11, youth artists from Ilocos Norte came together with the Salidummay of the Dap-ayan ti Kultura…
Members of the Morong 43 and their children decorate a Christmas tree on Monday, three days after their release from prison after more than 10 months of incarceration. Some of the health workers said Christmas this year is one of their happiest ever. (Photos by Ronalyn V. Olea / bulatlat.com)
33 of the ‘Morong 43’ Walk Free
Morong 43 Recall Abuse by Military
‘Morong 43’ Eye Raps Vs Military
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
Mercy Castro and Judilyn Oliveros gave birth while in police custody and had been under “hospital arrest.” Their release on Friday signaled not just a new beginning but, most importantly, a continuation of their struggle and commitment to help the poor.
Aquino’s Assumption of Jurisdiction Over PAL Dispute: A Christmas Gift to Workers or a Delaying Tactic?
By MARYA SALAMAT
“The real test of whether Aquino’s assumption of jurisdiction order is pro-worker or pro-Lucio Tan lies in his future decision on Tan’s contractualization through mass layoffs and outsourcing scheme,” said Joselito Ustarez, vice-chairman of KMU.
By RONALYN V. OLEA
Another five of the ‘Morong 43’ are under the custody of the military. Lawyers insist they, too, should be freed because they are being held against their will and have been coerced by the authorities to turn against the others.
After suffering for nine years under the administration of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the Filipino people went out en masse to trash her candidates and reject what she represents when they voted last May 2010. When the result of the May 2010 elections was announced, a collective sigh of relief was felt throughout the country.