“I pleaded before her, saying ‘God gave this land for people to stay’ but she answered in English which I didn’t understand,” related Martha Dayog. Dayog is an Ibaloi, one of the residents of Happy Hollow and Liwanag, villages in Camp John Hay whose residents are being evicted. “Her” was Lyssa GS Pagano-Calde, legal counsel…

2004 was rough for the ordinary Filipino. While economists and politicians debated endlessly on the intensity of the country’s problems and wavered on their solutions, the masa was bearing the worst of the Philippine crisis. BY ROSARIO BELLA GUZMAN Executive Director, Ibon Foundation Posted by Bulatlat.com Introduction 2004 was rough for the ordinary Filipino. While…

There are dire signs that if the exodus of Filipino health professionals continue over the next three years, the Philippine health care system will be in crisis. By Charles Raiñer C. Marquez Contributed to Bulatlat.com In the past two years, there have been half-a-million students enrolled in about 30 medical schools, 140 nursing schools, 113…

Akbayan Rep. Loreta Ann Rosales has found herself in a hot seat for pushing a consolidated bill in the House that, according to the leading human rights alliance Selda, will end all expectations by human rights victims of justice and indemnification. BY AUBREY SC MAKILAN Bulatlat.com The Society of Ex-Detainees Against Detention and for Amnesty…

Corruption benefits the political and economic elites as it facilitates their sell-out and exploitation of our country’s human and natural resources. The victims of corruption are the Filipino masses. By the Concerned Artists of the Philippines Posted by Bulatlat.com The government pinpoints “culture of corruption” as the one that “breeds the vicious cycles of poverty…

Evictions and violent demolitions are nothing new to Tacloban City’s street vendors who blame the government for the lack of livelihood opportunities that push them to continue with street hawking. By Maureen Japzon Bulatlat.com Tacloban City – After a holiday reprieve, sidewalk vendors in Tacloban City (some 570 kms from Manila) are once again facing…