Opinion & Analysis

Woman Political Prisoner Released After Appeals Court Reverses Lower Court Decision

“They wasted two years of my life,” Lita Mahilum, a political prisoner who was in jail for two years before being cleared by the Court of Appeals of the charges filed against her by the military, said. By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA — Lita Mahilum, 44, a domestic helper in Cebu, and his boyfriend 

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On amnesty and other intriguing questions

The debate on whether President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s amnesty proclamation for soldiers who had rebelled against the government of Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is justified begs for more clarity. A confirmed putschist, retired colonel Rex Robles, twitted Senator Joker Arroyo, a political ally of Mrs. Arroyo and President Corazon Aquino’s executive secretary, for the latter’s 

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Deranged

ON July 10, or less than two weeks into his presidency, Benigno Aquino III told the Department of Justice to review the coup charges, which he described as “unjust,” against former Navy lieutenant and now Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. The order was interpreted at the time as part of Mr. Aquino’s efforts in behalf of 

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What is Wrong With K+12 Education Program?

The objective of this grand plan is to align the public school system to the need to produce and sell cheap, skilled labor locally and internationally. Will the K+12 program solve the problems confronting Philippine education? What will be its impact on the education system in the country? By BENJIE OLIVEROS Analysis Bulatlat.com Everybody agrees 

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LETTER FROM TORONTO: Government for private sector profit

In his first state of the nation address, President Benigno Aquino III bewailed the fact that his new government has only 6.5 per cent (or 100 billion pesos) left of the total government budget of 1.54 trillion pesos to spend for the remaining months of the year. He pointed to his predecessor’s wasteful use of 

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IMMIGRATION: Ottawa could learn a lesson from a tragic story

Captain Gustav Schroeder was a very courageous and righteous German. In 1939, he was the captain of the MS St. Louis when it set sail from Hamburg to the Americas with 937 refugees aboard, all but seven of whom were Jews fleeing death at the hands of the Nazis. Schroeder was committed to finding his 

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A ‘hands-off’ Presidency

In his presidential inaugural address, President Benigno Aquino III referred to the Filipino people as “you are my boss,” obviously in reference to the people who elected him to the highest office in the land. After one hundred days in office, the harsh reality of the Aquino government has started to sink in. The President’s 

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A Matter of Perspective

The Aquino government still got a high satisfaction rating despite the string of issues it had to address this early in the new administration’s term. However, things would still unfold in the coming months and years of the Aquino administration. And history would judge if he did tread the right path. By BENJIE OLIVEROS Analysis 

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Friends

Sen. Joker Arroyo, who served as executive secretary during the Corazon Aquino presidency, said early this week that “lesser legal minds” reviewed the report of the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC). The IIRC was chaired by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, and included, among others, former Rep. Roan Libarios, governor of the Integrated Bar 

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No transparency, no accountability

President Benigno Aquino III’s handling of the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC) report on the August hostage-taking fiasco exposes his administration’s lack of transparency; his abuse of presidential prerogatives in order to shield his friends and allies from accountability as public officials; and his propensity to operate by means of ad hoc “reviewers” of 

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