Opinion & Analysis

A must holiday reading for leaders and candidates

By Marites Dañguilan Vitug “Why Nations Fail” is a hefty book of more than 500 pages and is heavy to carry around. But what it says is simple enough to be summarized in a few sentences. Here goes: Countries that prosper, generally, have “inclusive” economic institutions, meaning, they “enforce property rights, create a level playing 

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Zombie ideas

CORRUPTION IN media is well known, acknowledged, and being addressed in the press and media community itself. It is wrong to make it seem that it’s of recent discovery, or that nothing’s being done about it. The many forms of corruption in the media—whether bribery, extortion, being in the payroll of political and other interests, 

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Democracy? Why is the Aquino government ignoring human rights issues?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com Human rights is a very important issue for us in Bulatlat. We have written about the life of each and every victim of human rights violations. We tried to provide the context by which these violations are being committed by describing the life and struggles of the victims, the organizations they 

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Letter to the Editor: Defend human rights defenders

Recently, 28 individuals who are community leaders, volunteer development workers and local human rights defenders in Tinoc, Ifugao (Philippines) were listed in a document  “ Municipality of  Tinoc (Target Persons) that was issued by the 86th Battalion (Highlander) of the 5th Infantry (Star) Division of the Philippine Armed Forces labelling those in the list as 

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Diverse opinions: The essence of free media

By Alexandra Prieto-Romualdez (Editor’s note: Philippine Daily Inquirer President and CEO Alexandra Prieto-Romualdez delivered this speech at the 9th Media Nation Summit on Nov 23, 2012 in Tagaytay City.) I’m delighted to be part of Media Nation, this annual attempt by members of the country’s news profession to address issues of concern. And because it 

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Frankenpols

OLITICIANS ARE at least partly the creations of the mass media, which in many cases present to the public only their versions of the person rather than the person himself. These Frankenpols the media recklessly cobble together out of their often limited perceptions, expectations and biases, the way Victor Frankenstein of the Mary Shelley novel 

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Maguindanao massacre and the absence of genuine justice, press freedom, and good governance

The continued reign of impunity, political dynasties and warlordism, the Aquino government’s contempt for a critical press and the lack of sweeping political, electoral and judicial reforms all contribute to the absence of justice. By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com MANILA — The Maguindanao massacre is the worst attack on the media and press freedom; it is 

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Gat Andres Bonifacio, the underrated hero

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com Manila — The proposal of Rep. Raymond Palatino of the Kabataan party-list group for the Department of Education to develop and include a subject on the life, works, and ideals of Gat Andres Bonifacio in the college curriculum is timely indeed. All of us had to take a three-unit Rizal subject 

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Shades of gray in media ethics

By Marites Dañguilan Vitug A governor of a Northern Luzon province treated reporters to a weekend in Boracay, ostensibly to show them how this island markets itself to the rest of the country and the world. This coastal province wants to be a must-see-destination and is looking for success stories to emulate. To some outsiders, 

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Privatization of health services, a life and death issue for poor Filipinos

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com Government health workers have been consistently sounding the alarm, especially these past few weeks, regarding the Aquino government’s plans to privatize the provision of health services. They have been holding lunch break pickets in various government hospitals, specifically in those that would be affected in the near future such as the 

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