Opinion & Analysis

A Popular Uprising Rages in Egypt

By SATUR C. OCAMPO At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Posted by Bulatlat.com The people’s uprising in Egypt seeking to oust President Hosni Mubarak provides interesting insights and aspects that I wish to share as concisely as our limited space allows. First, the uprising (the protesters call it a “revolution”) could be the tipping 

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Fallen

A broad range of causes, from lovelessness to poverty and even climate, have been blamed in the effort to explain criminality, with which the human race has been afflicted since a caveman ran off with someone else’s hunk of meat — or, if you prefer, since Cain killed Abel. Studies in countries such as the 

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Only the tip

Former military budget officer Lt. Col. George Rabusa’s revelations of big-bucks, institutionalized corruption within the Armed Forces of the Philippines during the Senate investigation into the deal struck between government prosecutors and Gen. Carlos Garcia, former AFP comptroller charged with plunder before the Sandiganbayan, has opened up a veritable can of worms. (Read story…)

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Pauwiin ang mga stranded OFWs sa Saudi Arabia

By Rep. Teddy Casiño Bayan Muna (Privilege Speech delivered before the House of Representatives February 7, 2011) Mr. Speaker, I rise to avail of the privilege hour to speak on the problems confronting our distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) particularly the stranded workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Earlier, the House gave recognition to 

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Fear Itself

His prose may be too fancy for some people’s taste, but former Chief Justice Reynato Puno was right, as usual. Never having been in the best of health, Philippine democracy’s on a stretcher on its way to the Intensive Care Unit, and could be in its last gasps. (Read story…)

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Welcome breakthrough

“We look at our brothers and sisters in the NDF as not being enemies nor terrorists but rather as partners in trying to build this nation again…knowing their history of struggle…” – Alex Padilla, head, Philippine Government peace panel “It is an important endeavor to try to achieve a just and lasting peace through a 

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Aquino Government Should Urgently Address Hunger Problem Instead of Denying It Exists

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com Every time the incidence of hunger worsened during the previous administration, the Arroyo government used to dismiss the findings of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey on hunger as subjective while boasting that the economy was doing well and its benefits would soon be felt by the people. Because the previous 

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UP CMC warns Aquino administration vs inaction on media killings

We, the undersigned faculty members, students and staff of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication (UP CMC), express our outrage over the killing of still another journalist – Gerardo Ortega, a radio broadcast journalist – last January 24 in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Ortega is the second to be killed during the seven 

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Illusions and real prospects

The past year seemed to usher marked change with the ending of one of the most despised presidencies since the Marcos dictatorship and the inauguration of one steeped in the rhetoric of reform and aglow with the mystique of the new president’s larger-than-life parents, both of whom had figured prominently in the struggle to topple 

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Same old, same old

PROBABLY with the approach of the new year in mind, but certainly because of the occasion, President Benigno Aquino III announced during the 75th anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) a supposedly new counter-insurgency strategy meant, said AFP spokesmen, not only to defeat “the enemy,” but also to “win the peace.” By 

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