Q & A with San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza on Negros killings

The violence that erupt from time to time in Negros is but a painful reminder of the longstanding land problem and unjust system operative in Negros. By JHIO JAN A. NAVARRO* Bulatlat.com Negros, an island of landlords, has ever since been rife of agrarian tensions. From the bloody Escalante Massacre of 1985 to the more 

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Last year’s Eid prayer with my sister and her friend, at the Quiapo Golden Mosque.

How my politics strengthened my faith

By Mench Tilendo This year marks the seventh year for me to have spent the Holy month of Ramadan away from my family. Since I entered college in 2012, one of the many adjustments I had to take was celebrating this time of the year without them. Undeniably, it was a struggle for a Muslim 

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OFWs line-up during the first day of the overseas absentee voting in Hong Kong.              (Photo courtesy of Migrante International)

Migrant group assails overseas absentee voting ‘irregularities’

PH Elections 2019 “It’s not like we’re doing this for the first time.“ By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – A Filipino migrant group expressed indignation over reports of irregularities and problems encountered by overseas Filipino workers in the overseas absentee voting that kicked off last April 13. Migrante International called the Commission of 

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Family living wage for a family of five members in NCR

IBON.org “The choice of official poverty lines is a political one. Setting a high standard indicates the government having a high level of ambition for poverty eradication. Government, however has chosen to set a low standard – in this case, the Php10,481 per month or Php69.87 per day poverty threshold – which results in tens 

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Cordillera woman leader bags 2019 Gwangju Prize for HR

“Whatever the suppression, however, they failed to stop her continuing courageous actions, inspiring global citizens throughout the world, and thus was selected her (Cariño) as the winner of the 2019 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights,” it added. By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – A Filipina human rights defender, Joanna Patricia Kintanar Cariño, has 

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‘Marcos Manloloko’ Road Trip

Travels down Martial Law memory lane on April Fool’s Day ManilaToday.net The organizers of the ‘Marcos Manloloko Road Trip’ or Road Trip vs. Marcos Dishonesty and Historical Revisionism said they could not have picked a better day, April Fool’s Day, to take an educational trip to ‘expose the crimes and the lies of the Marcos 

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CPJ finds ‘shrinking space for free press in PH’

“This is a very great concern for the CPJ and the international community, because the Philippines has long enjoyed a very robust free press. We are concerned that not a lot is being done to protect your (Filipino journalists) ability to work without fear of retribution, prosecution, and attack.” By ALYSSA MAE CLARIN Bulatlat.com MANILA 

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Rage against state terror

Fourteen farmers were dead after police conducted “legitimate operations” in different towns in Negros Oriental last March 30. Eight were killed in Canlaon City, four in Manjuyod and two in Santa Catalina. Initial investigation by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Central Visayas found common patterns — most of the victims were separated from their 

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Privatization is creating an artificial water shortage

By Arnold Padilla Bulatlat.com MANILA — Metro Manila’s supposed water crisis is one that is not caused by lack of supply and new water sources, or as some would argue, by lack of foresight and preparations by regulators and Manila Water. Rather, it is caused by lack of effective state control over water resources after 

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Rex Jasper Lopoz. © Facebook/Rex Jasper Lopoz

38 Lawyers killed since President Duterte took office

By Carlos H. Conde HRW.org Another lawyer has been murdered in the Philippines, the 38th to have been killed since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016. The media reported that unidentified gunmen shot dead Rex Jasper Lopoz, 41, as he was about to enter his car outside a shopping mall in Tagum City, in 

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