By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
“Prohibiting such activities, and branding it as “seditious,” goes against the core principles of democracy, transparency and accountability which are central in Aquino’s vision of a straight path and contrary to the call of the Aquino administration for active public participation in the governance of our country.” – UP President Alfredo Pascual

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
“The Aquino government must immediately respond to their just demands if he truly adheres to justice.” – Fe Salino, Selda-Southern Mindanao

Sidebar: While Arroyo gets special treatment, sick political prisoners barely survive

Sidebar: Political prisoners stage different forms of protest

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Relatives and supporters of political prisoners decried what they called “special treatment” accorded to former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as they demanded anew the release of political prisoners in the country, especially the sick and the elderly. According to Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto…

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – She has been waiting for years but justice still remains elusive. Erlinda Cadapan, mother of the missing UP student Sherlyn Cadapan who has been missing since June 26, 2006, would never tire in her quest for justice. On International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, mothers, including Cadapan…

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
PUP remains as one of the last few hopes for children of poor families to gain higher education. But it is slowly being dashed as the PUP struggles with extreme shortages, dilapidated facilities and the pressure to increase tuition and other fees to survive.

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – John Clifford Sibayan, 19, is following the footsteps of his mother who is a teacher in a public school in Pampanga. “There is nothing like teaching,” Clifford said during an interview. They do not only teach the students their lessons, for a public school teacher like Clifford’s…

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
The Philippine Normal University is supposedly another option. But more than this, the state of PNU would definitely impact on the state of basic education in the country. An overwhelming majority of teachers, especially in the public school system are trained at PNU, and the quality of graduates it produces would reflect on the state of the country’s public school system. While the PNU gasps for dear life, so would the whole public school system.