Philippines

Satur Ocampo: A Tribute and a Promise

MANILA — It was a rare occasion that brought together some of the Philippines’s well-heeled and multitudes of the unshod, activists young and old, ex-activists and non-activists. For those who had not had the good fortune of hearing about the man even in this age of information technology, the event served as more than a 

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Another ‘Travesty’ as Congress Votes to Extend Life of Failed CARP

The landlord-dominated Congress, led by the relatives of President Arroyo, voted Wednesday night to add five more years to the implementation of a 20-year-old agrarian-reform program that has failed to uplift the lives of peasants and farmers in the Philippines. And critics say the new proposed law is even worse than the original. (Read story…)

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Benjie Oliveros | Cha-Cha: A Desperate Political Gamble

Perhaps the regime figured that enabling Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to extend her immunity by allowing her to run as representative of her district and then become prime minister is less costly politically — with less chances as well of inviting an upheaval — than postponing the 2010 elections or declaring martial law, without completely closing its 

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The launch of Pagbabago!

The founding assembly of the Pagbabago! People’s Movement for Change became the unintended launching pad for self-declared presidential wannabe, Paquito Yu, Paq for short. Actually, he is the group’s satirical mascot, the amalgamation of all that the people find laughable, irritating and downright pathetic in Philippine traditional politics and the cast of characters it breeds. 

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Who Rules America?

What do you suppose it is like to be elected president of the United States only to find that your power is restricted to the service of powerful interest groups? A president who does a good job for the ruling interest groups is paid off with remunerative corporate directorships, outrageous speaking fees, and a lucrative 

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Aurelio Tolentino and His Play Kahapon, Ngayon, at Bukas

Not all Filipinos are aware of the historical importance of May 14. On May 14, 1903, Aurelio Tolentino (October 13, 1867-July 3, 1915), a Pampango playwright, poet, essayist, educator, novelist and public servant was arrested because of his play, Kahapon, Ngayon at Bukas (Larawan ng Inang Bayan). (Read story…)

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Father of the Philippine Revolution: Andres Bonifacio

In commemoration of the 111th anniversary of the 1898 declaration of Philippine Independence Andres Bonifacio was born on November 30, 1863 to Santiago Bonifacio and Catalina de Castro. Orphaned at an early age, the siblings made canes and paper fans to meet their necessities. He also made posters for commercial firms as he had a 

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On His 1st Death Anniversary, ‘Ka Bel’ Honored as ‘Man of the Century’

By CHARMAINE LIRIO and GLAIZA MAY MUZONES Bulatlat QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Farmers and workers gathered today at the main gate of the House of Representatives to pay tribute to the late Rep. Crispin “Ka Bel” Beltran of Anakpawis. Beltran died exactly one year ago from severe head injuries after he fell off the roof 

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Torture Widespread in the Philippines – UN

After hearing the report of the Philippine government and the testimonies of two torture victims, the United Nations Committee against Torture expressed its grave concern at the “routine and widespread use of torture” and the “climate of impunity for perpetrators of acts torture, including military, police, and other State officials”. (Read story…)

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Another ‘Nicole’: Filipina Accuses US Marine of Rape; Case Heightens Junk-VFA Call

A 22-year-old student has come out to expose her alleged rape by a US Marine inside a Makati City hotel. But the victim said she won’t press charges, citing the case of “Nicole.” (Read story…)

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