Philippines

Apart from Politics, Pressure from WTO, US, EU Drives Charter-Change Bid

The political dimension of charter change has dominated the national agenda. But the constant driving force behind all the attempts since the last decade to modify the Constitution has been the external pressure coming mainly from the WTO, the US, the EU and other rich countries to create the sort of policy environment that will 

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Can Arroyo Afford to Declare Martial Law?

Talk is rife that the Arroyo government would proclaim martial law, especially after the series of bombings that rocked several parts of the Philippines. However, the Arroyo regime sorely lacks the factors that enabled the dictator Ferdinand Marcos to successfully impose martial rule. The bottomline: if Arroyo declares martial law, she would be adding fuel 

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Revolutionary option

AFP Chief Gen. Victor Ibrado recently admitted that the military is having difficulty meeting the deadline imposed by de facto Commander-in-chief Mrs. Gloria Arroyo three years ago, to end the decades-old communist insurgency in 2010. (Philippine Star, 22 June 09) This was after he and his predecessors had repeatedly boasted that the military was on 

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Rigodon

Convicted of plunder in 2004, Joseph Estrada was pardoned in 2007, after a public declaration that he would no longer run for any elective office. But that was then. Since early this year Estrada has been saying that he might seek in 2010 the presidency he lost to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2001, when the second 

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Bombings Raise Specter of Martial Law

While authorities dismiss the recent bombings in Quezon City, Jolo, Iligan City and Cotabato City as mere pre-Sona “noises,” critics, martial-law era activists and analysts believe that an Arroyo regime desperate enough to hold on to power is capable of anything, including using its iron fist on Filipinos. (Read story…)

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Activist Nightingale passes away

By Trina Lagura MANILA – Activist-singer Susan Fernandez passed away Thursday (July 2) afternoon after battling ovarian cancer for more than a year. She was 52. Surrounded by her family and friends, Fernandez, who was known for her socially-oriented songs including “Babae Ka,” died at 1:50 p.m. at The Medical City in Pasig. “Susan just 

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Susan Fernandez, 1956-2009: Missing folk singer and feminist

By Boy Villasanta MANILA–The first time Susan Fernandez and I met was at the office of Dr. Nicanor G. Tiongson at the Faculty Center of the University of the Philippines in Diliman that we, conveniently, turned into a classroom for a motley group of Filipino culture students. I was taking my master’s course in Philippine 

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Torture victim Melissa Roxas: ‘Talking about it is like going back to that dark place’

By RONALYN V. OLEA Human Rights Watch Bulatlat MANILA — Filipino-American Melissa Roxas finally broke her silence and recounted her ordeal in the hands of the military. Roxas and her two companions, Juanito Carabeo and John Edward Jandoc, were abducted in the afternoon of May 19 in sitio Bagong Sikat, barangay Kapanikian, La Paz town, 

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Con-Ass and the people’s wrath

The anti-Charter change (Chacha) and anti-Arroyo forces had barely a week to mount the muscle-flexing protest action yesterday in Ayala Avenue, Makati City and in major urban centers nationwide. They achieved a big measure of success by gathering thousands in Makati and thousands more in various cities and big towns nationwide. They displayed broad participation 

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Revolution

Most Filipinos think that, as the expression from US political lore goes, Mrs. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is so unpopular she couldn’t win an election as a dog-catcher. Her numbers validate that view, the most recent being a whopping 46 percent disapproval grade and a 48 percent mistrust rating, according to Pulse Asia. If her numbers 

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