“The House leadership pulled the strings to close the curtain on the period of interpellation and debate — despite the fact that the bill’s sponsor has failed to convincingly and substantially explain the rationale for rushing the measure. This is a cowardly act to constrict the space for legislative scrutiny of the patently insane measure.”
In This Week on People’s History, Bulatlat remembers the gruesome massacre of 13 protesting farmers on Jan. 22, 1987. The killed farmers were among the more than 20,000 who marched to the historic bridge of Mendiola, a stone’s throw away from Malacanang, to press for a genuine agrarian reform program.
The MANGGAGAWA Partylist asks the COMELEC to act toward ensuring the main objective of the partylist system is met — allow marginalized groups such as the workers to expand their political participation .
“Ang pagsasaka ay marangal na gawain, hindi po ito terorismo. Hindi po kami terorista.”
“We pray for our nation and all the inhabitants therein, that they will know peace, genuine peace based on justice and righteousness.”
“Jailing children…is punitive instead of corrective. It deprives instead of fulfilling rights, and exemplifies cruelty instead of compassion.”
By GI MORI
“There are technological solutions it could implement to prevent data corruption.”
“I would like to think that the real reason I am being detained – indefinitely if the kingpins of national security have their way – is that somehow I am contributing my share to the people’s struggles to overhaul this unjust and undemocratic system. Only diehard reactionaries would condemn this as a criminal act.”
Farmers and advocates warn of the negative impacts of rice tariffication.
“The Rice Industry Development Act (RIDA) bill seeks to lift our rice industry from a multi-dimensional crisis that wasted away its productive capability, stunted its development and forestalled the country’s attainment of food security.”