News

Police, military collude to defy court order, keep Red leader in military detention

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – In a supposed democracy, civilian authority is considered supreme over the military. Such is not the case for detained rebel leader Tirso “Ka Bart” Alcantara who has been in solitary confinement and heavily guarded by soldiers since he was arrested in January last year for rebellion, murder and 

Posted 7 years ago by

Sarangani flashflood displaces close to 400 families

DAVAO CITY – At least 5 people are missing and 391 families have been displaced in several villages in Malungon, Sarangani province after the Tinagacan River overflowed and caused flashfloods Saturday afternoon, the military reported. Floodwaters reached the roofs of houses in Sitios Mabuhay and Ilang-Ilang, Barangay Malandag and Sitio Lamlifew, Barangay Datal Tampal in 

Posted 7 years ago by

40 years after, martial law activists still clamor for justice

“Forty is not just a number to remember but a reminder of the length of time we have been fighting impunity and for the attainment of justice. “ – Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Karapatan By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Tears welled up in the eyes of Clarita Sanchez when she recalled how her son died 

Posted 7 years ago by

Transport leader killed in Pampanga

Ponciano ” Poncing” Infante, president of the local transport group Pasada-Angeles City and the Pandan-Angeles Drivers Operators Association, was killed by two men riding a motorcycle last September 3. George San Mateo of Piston said Infante is the fourth transport leader killed this year. By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com The Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan 

Posted 7 years ago by

Saluting a great revolutionary, writer and editor Antonio Zumel

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – What prompts a person to leave the tried-and-tested comfort of being in the herd, and become a revolutionary and a hero? The Philippines has had its share of luminous revolutionaries and heroes, and will likely continue to have more as the section of its population that is waging what 

Posted 7 years ago by

‘Robredo never lost hope in Philippines’

MANILA, Philippines – Until the eve of the fatal plane crash off Masbate, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo never lost hope in his country’s future, one of his staff said on Tuesday. Robredo’s speech writer Salve Duplito told dzMM that Robredo was idealistic and always believed that good governance was attainable. In her 

Posted 7 years ago by

‘Robredo was the president we never had’ By Caroline Howard, ANC

MANILA, Philippines – Imagine a modern-day Ramon Magsaysay. If Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo had survived Saturday’s plane crash in the waters off Masbate, who knows if he would’ve been another “Man for the Masses” or a president for the people. On that fateful day on August 18, however, no 

Posted 7 years ago by

Robredo’s wife: Jesse was ready

By Natashya Gutierrez NAGA CITY, Philippines – In a black dress and often with a smile on her face, the wife of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo faced the media for the first time. Leni, who spoke with a strong voice, shared her last conversation with her husband, as well as how their family 

Posted 7 years ago by

Latest poverty measure: excluding the poor from the poverty count

IBON Features—At 10 p.m., Aling Teresing, a mother in her mid-40s together with her 18-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son begin flattening scrap boxes to sleep on along the sidewalks of Guadalupe. A single parent, Aling Teresing earns up to Php200 a day working as a dispatcher of taxi cabs and is thankful that her daily 

Posted 7 years ago by

Having to rebuild their lives again after the floods

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Evelia Balili, 48, was not able to save anything from the floods except a few clothes, blankets and plates. When the monsoon rains swamped many parts of Metro Manila this week, Balili’s house had been washed away by the floods. She lives a few meters away from the 

Posted 7 years ago by