Hitting the ground running

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The incoming administration of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte Jr. declared that it would hit the ground running. And it appears that they would be true to their word. Already, Duterte and his team have begun showing its policy directions through its position on issues, some of which are alarming and 

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Interview with Dr. Judy Taguiwalo, incoming DSWD Secretary

Progressive leaders Ka Paeng Mariano and Prof. Judy Taguiwalo was appointed secretaries of Department of Agrarian Reform and Department of Social Welfare and Development The are two are among the list of names suggested by the CPP as nominees on the different position under the Duterte administration

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Martial Law victims appeal to Duterte: reconsider plans to allow Libingan burial for Marcos

DAVAO CITY – Even during the campaign period, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has been consistent with his stance on allowing the burial of former dictator President Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery) believing that this will unite the divided nation. On Monday night, May 23, Duterte reiterated that he will allow 

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President Rodrigo Duterte: A new era?

Reflecting on Italy’s transmogrification during the opening decades of the early-20th century, Antonio Gramsci lamented how the “old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born.” It was not until the middle of the 20th century that Italy began to reconstitute its foundations and embark on an economic miracle (Perry Anderson 2014). 

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Judy Taguiwalo, center, with fellow alumni awardees

Elitist, commercialized and less caring university

University of the Philippines By Dr. Judy Taguiwalo Former Faculty Regent University of the Philippines Diliman I graduated from UP with my BSSW degree in October 1970 (I had an incomplete in my Field Work as I spent too many hours attending rallies during the FQS and so fell short of the required hours for 

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Duterte’s socialist experiment

By Bobby M. Tuazon A coalition government with the Communist Party of the Philippines has been proposed by presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte with an offer of at least four Cabinet portfolios—agrarian reform, social welfare, environment and natural resources, and labor. Thanking his former student for the “magnanimous offer,” exiled CPP founding chair Jose Maria Sison 

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Accelerated peace talks with Duterte possible – NDF official

DAVAO CITY – The emissary of the National Democratic Front said there is a possibility of an accelerated peace negotiations between the NDF and the government under President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. In an interview with Davao Today on Wednesday, May 18 NDF spokesman Fidel Agcaoili said the substantive agenda on the peace process are “sequential”, but 

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Dutertenomics off to a bad start

Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte’s initial choices for his economic team shows him treading the same Aquino administration path of elitist economics, research group IBON said. It added that Duterte’s early pronouncement on Charter change also strongly indicates continuity with the neoliberal economic policies that have kept Filipinos poor and the economy underdeveloped. The presidential frontrunner’s 

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IBON CHALLENGE: Duterte challenged to take first real steps as pro-people President

Research group IBON said that, if elected, 2016 national elections frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte would have risen to the presidency on a surge of frustration with traditional politics and chronic economic backwardness. The clamor for change deserves economic policies biased for the poor and the national economy and that break from the failed 

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Human rights sidelined in PH presidential race

MANILA–Philippine presidential candidates have ignored human rights in their campaigns despite the violence which plagues the country, Amnesty International said today. The rights group spoke out as a survey was released showing the frontrunner for the 2016 poll was a mayor dubbed “Dirty Harry” who has openly boasted of personally killing criminals. Amnesty International (AI) 

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