Philippines

Open Letter to Barack Obama

July 29, 2009 HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA Washington District of Columbia United States of America Dear Mr. President, We shared the wonderful jubilation of the American people during your historic election triumph. When you assumed office early this year, we rejoiced at the audacious hope that you inspired, and on your promise of change 

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Outdoing Marcos

By BENJIE OLIVEROS MANILA — It is the State of the Nation Address once again. The true state of the country is again the subject of debates. Surely, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo would boast about the economic growth and its supposed success in shielding the economy from the impact of the world economic and financial crisis, 

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Dancing in the streets

It’s called wishful thinking: interpreting events according to how one wants things to turn out, imagining the imminent realization of one’s hopes in the statements of the presumably knowledgeable as well as those with the power to make things happen. (Read story…)

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Peace overtures

I was tempted to submit a column for the week with the title “Arroyo’s SONA accomplishments” followed by a blank space but quickly realized I didn’t have the advantage of youthful irony to get away with the trick. More importantly, that would be a waste of valuable column inches just to underscore the obvious. (Read 

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Inspired by Katrina Halili, Other Women Victims of Sex Videos Come Out

Since the sex-video scandal erupted, actress Katrina Halili has faced the crisis head-on, filed cases against Hayden Kho and, she tells Bulatlat, will pursue justice even if it destroys her career. Her courage, the women’s group Gabriela says, has inspired other victims of similar abuse. (Read story…)

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Elizabeth Principe: ‘I Am Raring to Rejoin the Struggle Against This Unjust Regime’

“My continued detention (until today) shows that the Government of the Republic of the Philippines is not serious in lifting the suspension of the Jasig. There is political pressure to keep me in jail. But they are no match against the mass movement who spared no effort in their support,” Principe said. (Read story…)

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Remittances Slowing Amid Rising OFW Deployment

MANILA — While government economic managers report that overseas Filipino remittances are increasing, actual remittances or transfers are in fact slowing, according to research group IBON. Data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) show that the year-on-year growth of remittances dropped from 4.9% in February and 3.1% in March to just 2.2% in April. 

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Sick Filipina Maid, 6 Others, ‘Hostaged’ by Employment Agency in Middle East

In February, Maribel Figaroa and several other Filipino women went to Oman to work as domestic helpers. Instead of gainful employment, they ended up being abused and exploited by the placement agency that brought them there. (Read story…)

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In Arroyo’s SONA: A Different Picture

In her ninth State of the Nation Address, President Arroyo painted a rosy picture of the Philippines – a world so much different from the one most Filipinos live in, her critics say. (Read story…)

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‘I will never tire to tell the truth’

Below is the opening statement made by Filipino-American activist Melissa Roxas during a hearing by the House committee on human rights on her allegations of abduction and torture in the hands of the Philippine military. Good morning, honorable members of the House of Representatives, friends and human rights advocates. I am Melissa Roxas. Thank you 

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