Month: July 2011

By RONALYN V. OLEA
“However long this takes, we will never give up. What is important is we get justice for what was done to us. We urge newly-appointed Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to act on the cases we filed that aim to seek justice for victims of human rights violations.”
– Raymond Manalo, victim of torture and arbitrary detention

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com Main Story: Govt version of Freedom of Information bill restrictive – journalists MANILA – A recent study by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) revealed that access to official information is more difficult now than during the Arroyo administration. PCIJ’s Malou Mangahas shared their findings in a policy forum…

By RONALYN V. OLEA
Theodore Te, lawyer and an advocate of freedom of information, noted that in the Aquino administration’s version of the Freedom of Information bill exceptions are longer than the list of information subject to mandatory disclosure.
Sidebar: Access to information more difficult under Aquino

By MARYA SALAMAT
“We are calling on the Aquino government to increase the budget of all public hospitals, not just of the Philippine Heart Center. If high costs of medical treatment even in government hospitals become prevalent, more patients will die without being seen or treated by doctors,” said Bonifacio Carmona Jr., PHC Employees Association Congress speaker and AHW-NCR Representative.

By JOE PENNEY Bulatlat.com Turn on CNN, BBC or any other major Western media outlet and, aside from news about the Norway killer (not labeled as a terrorist because he’s not Muslim), the UK phone hacking scandal and the U.S. debt crisis, few international stories make the headlines. From Africa, a continent of 53 countries,…

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com The new Ombudsman has her work cut out for her. Three days after the appointment of retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales as new Ombudsman, farmworkers of Hacienda Luisita want her to re-open the books on the infamous Hacienda Luisita massacre case. Leaders and members of the Alyansa…

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com P38 million ((US$883,720) is nothing to scoff at. The Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (Courage) is extremely disappointed over the July 23 decision of the Court of Appeals to grant a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the suspension of Caloocan City Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri.…

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld As the State-of-the-Nation Address of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III aka “Pnoy” approaches, we are witness to frenzied attempts by his three-headed communications group to orchestrate the “messaging” emanating from Malacanang that will be capped by Monday’s SONA. Nothing exemplifies the hollowness of the group��s claims that under the…