The horrifying past of Laak, a town in Compostela Valley, has come back to terrify villagers, no thanks to the state’s intensifying militarization in the countryside. By Cheryll Fiel Bulatlat.com LAAK, Compostela Valley — “Mura man kag taga-Laak!” (You act like you’re from Laak!) In this part of the country, people say this when they…

A recent fact-finding and relief mission in Compostela Valley uncovers the Philippine military’s trail of abuses against hapless civilians. By Cheryll Fiel Bulatlat.com LAAK, Compostela Valley – One day in November, a knock came at the door of the parish church here. A resident of one of the town’s villages appeared at the doorstep, asking…

The anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines was an occasion for peasants, masses, revolutionaries and journalists to get together and celebrate the 36-year-old revolution. By Amabelle Plaza Bulatlat.com ROSARIO, Agusan del Sur – Many of them came by foot, trekking the mountains for hours. Some came on Elf trucks, their children in tow.…

Canada bills itself as a country that defends human rights. But many caregivers in this “land of opportunity” do not believe so. They have sad stories to tell. By Edwin C. Mercurio Bulatlat.com TORONTO, Canada – Canada bills itself as a country that defends human rights. But many caregivers in this “land of opportunity” do…

Two political analysts say that considering her administration’s unpopularity, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo may not last through 2005. Disgruntled military elements and Fernando Poe, Jr.’s supporters may conspire to bring her down from power. BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat.com President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo might not last in office through 2005. This was the observation made by Luis…