Category: Human Rights

After the impeachment complaint, the members of the House of Representatives are expected to deliberate on the 2006 national budget and to start the so-called great debate on changing the 1987 Constitution. It may interest legislators to know that the urban poor in Baguio City are calling for charter change, but of a different kind.…

Laughed at, insulted, discriminated, beaten up, oppressed and exploited, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders have been persistent in their struggle for their rights. Slowly but surely, they have moved forward. By Gilbert Pacificar and Bejay Absin Mikaila just finished his first year college education from a local university. Yet he has been initiated into the…

Oil is fueling the genocide in Darfur at every level. This is the context in which Darfur must be understood – and, with it, the whole of Africa. The same Africa whose vast tapestry of indigenous cultures, wealth of forests and savannas was torn apart by three centuries of theft by European colonial powers –…

For months now, Lepanto mining company is locked in a protracted labor strike by its employees. But there’s another issue raised by university-based doctors and scientists on the firm’s mining operations. Their findings of water samples take from river systems where the company’s mine tailings are allegedly dumped showed very high cyanide, chromium and lead.…

Since the 1990s, some 130 countries around the world have revised, amended or adopted brand new constitutions to accommodate a framework for the sort of “market democracies” that open up domestic labor, economic sectors and natural resources for neo-colonial exploitation. By Sonny Africa IBON Features / August 2005 Posted by Bulatlat.com IBON Features– In the…

The BNPP is the strongest argument against President Gloria Arroyo’s recent declaration that the government will pay off all the debts of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos inspite of the fiscal crisis and declining government spending for social services. By Arnold Padilla and Joseph Yu IBON Features Posted by Bulatlat.com IBON Features— Of the P931…

Literally one for the books, the Department of Education (DepEd) inked a deal with Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI) tapping the latter to deliver textbooks to public elementary and high schools throughout the country. The Anak ng Bayan Youth Party asks, Why Coca-Cola? By Carl Marc Ramota Bulatlat.com Coca-cola trucks will soon be a…