By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
“When we were still (in Saudi) the government did not help us. Now that we are home, they still could not extend any assistance to us.” – Lubaira Guiandal, 43, one of the OFWs who lived under the Khandara Bridge while awaiting repatriation.
Below are statements issued by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and the New People’s Army: Conrado Heredia Command Front 20 Operations Command New People’s Army–Southern Mindanao Press Statement 19 February 2011 CHC-NPA frees POW PO3 Sabatin; slams AFP/PNP ceasefire violations On the occasion of the renewed round of peace talks between the Government…
By RONALYN V. OLEA
After almost six years in detention, Angelina Bisuña Ipong, 66, finally walked free as the last in the string of cases filed against her by the military was dismissed.
Leaders and affiliate unions of the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (Courage) recently held relief operations to help with victims of the fire that razed the homes of approximately 1,000 families in Barangay Central, Quezon City last week.
In a press conference held on Saturday at the Migrante International office, families of OFWs in death row and in jail appealed to the Philippine government to also act in haste for their relatives. “Let us also not forget that there are still others in death row who continue to appeal to the government for much-needed attention and intervention,” said Garry Martinez, Migrante International chairperson.(Photos by Jo A. Santos / bulatlat.com)
Letter to the Editor Bulatlat.com 19 February 2011 Allow us, OFWs and families, to express our unequivocal support, with hope, for the success of the on-going peace negotiations between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). Disclaimer | What you are reading is either a press release/…
The peace talks now going on in Oslo between the government and the NDFP, having moved on to the deep-seated problems that have been sustaining the CPP-NPA-led armed struggle over 40 years, were the subject of editorial comment in this newspaper the other day. I think that certain points were correctly spotlighted and interpreted in the editorial, but it is amiss on others. By SATUR C. OCAMPO / bulatlat.com
otwithstanding all the reasons for optimism and hope that the peace talks are finally on the roll again, the two parties agree that the way forward is a formidable challenge, strewn with unexpected twists and turns and fraught with pitfalls and obstacles. By CAROL PAGADUAN-ARAULLO / bulatlat.com
Imagine a world without US intervention, violence, manipulation, and bullying. What’s happening in the Middle East is sending across the planet precisely the message that a world other than this is what people want, thereby agitating US policymakers, who have never imagined such a world possible. By LUIS V. TEODORO / bulatlat.com
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
Former Air Force Captain Joenel S. Pogoy, who spent two years in detention after being court-martialed for exposing corruption in the Air Force, says corruption in the military is worse than what is publicly known. The truth is, he says, many military officers — from the time they are still lieutenants to the time they become generals — are being taught by unscrupulous superiors to become corrupt.