Opinion & Analysis

The world economic crisis and the state of the Philippine economy

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com There seems to be no relief in sight , even temporarily, to the world economic crisis that imploded in 2008. While economists declare every seemingly positive sign, such as an increase in stock prices or in consumption expenditures, as the start of economic recovery, they have been disproven time and again 

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Shallow bench

BENIGNO AQUINO III has an approval rating of between 68 and 70 percent, most probably because he hasn’t done anything scandalous or controversial. That says something about how low Filipinos’ expectations of their leaders are. But you can’t blame them for it, their high expectations having been frequently dashed to pieces, and given how anxious 

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Independent foreign policy

The territorial dispute over the resource-rich and strategically-located Spratlys islands, highlighted by alleged recent incursions and other aggressive actions of China into areas also claimed by the Philippines and Vietnam, underscores the importance of an independent and non-aligned foreign policy for small and weak nations like the Philippines. (Read story…)

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The Spratlys: Crisis in the high seas

It is relatively easy for any government, like the Philippines or China, to claim territorial sovereignty over an island or group of islands such as the Spratly Archipelago in the South China Sea. What complicates this claim is the uncertainty as to how many islands, cays, reefs and atolls are actually present since many remain 

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IMMIGRATION: Drunk driving ban under review

It seems that the time has come for Canada to review its ban on foreigners convicted of impaired driving. Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website describes our rule rather succinctly. “If you have been convicted of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, you will probably be found criminally inadmissible to Canada.” This rule applies to 

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Something new, something different

St. James Town, the area of high-rise apartments straddling relatively upscale Cabbagetown on the east of Parliament and the mix of heritage semi-detached homes, rooming houses and law offices on old Cabbagetown south of Carlton, by far has the highest population density in all of Canada. It has a density of about 65,000 persons for 

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Schedules had to be followed

COMMUNITY LEADER REPLIES: ON THE PAPIN OPEN-HOUSE SNUB By Gwen dela Cruz Re: Article written by Marlou Tiro on June 10-23, 2011 issue of The Philippine Reporter I am writing this letter to the Editor with reference to the article published on June 10, 2011 entitled “NIAGARA FANS DISGUSTED OVER PAPIN’S SHABBY TREATMENT BY PINOY 

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The long, wrong way to solve corruption

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com The recent revelation about corruption in the Bureau of Corrections, specifically the National Bilibid Prison, is not new nor shocking to anyone who is familiar with our prison system. Prison officials use the gangs to maintain peace and order in the jail compounds. In fact, anybody who is imprisoned has no 

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Tales twice told

IT was one of those statements that make no sense, but which some Catholic bishops are especially adept at making. Butuan Bishop Juan De Dios Pueblos said House Bill 1799, or the divorce bill, will lead to more immorality in Philippine society. The faithful should be trembling in their flip-flops. Immorality and the threat of 

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Pathetic way to assert a country’s sovereign right

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com Pity the Philippines. When China issued a not-so-veiled warning that it would use force against any “incursions” in the part fo the Spratly Islands that it is claiming, Vietnam reacted by protesting strongly. The Aquino government first made known its wish that the US would supply more arms to it through 

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