“Justice remains elusive but his death would not be for naught if we continue what my father fought for.”
"Three years is too long for justice to be delayed. We will not accept this complacently; we fear that without public pressure, the case will remain unresolved, similar to the thousands of extra-judicial killings." – Marie Sol Villalon of the Promotion of Church People's Response
“Our call for salary increase for public and private nurses is not a selfish act. To have quality health care, health workers must also have quality and dignified working conditions. This is also for the welfare of the Filipino people.” – Sean Velchez, nurse at the Philippine Orthopedic Center
“No circumstance or reason can justify such deplorable act on a house of worship leading to the death and injury of worshipers.”
Whenever allowances were delayed or the reality of scarce resources hit them, Edita Burgos said one of the staff would shout, “Para sa Bayan!” (For the Motherland!) and all of them would continue working.
“The public must be made aware that the worst atrocities are being committed by no less than the Presidential family against hapless farmers despite – or as cruel retribution for – the Supreme Court ruling for total land distribution in Hacienda Luisita.” – Jobert Pahilga, counsel for the Luisita farmers and executive director of the Sentro para sa Tunay na Repormang Agraryo (Sentra)
Happy Teachers’ Month and Happy World Teachers’ Day, Job Orders! Our government has all the banners of acknowledgement for our teachers. But on important matters such as of rights, dignity, and improving quality of teachers’ lives, the government seems deaf and blind to calls for teachers' humane and dignified treatment.
The international group called for a joint inquiry by Senate and the House of Representatives on the reported abuses in Hacienda Luisita.
The Quezon City Regional Trial Court suspended work today, as peasants and activists protested on its grounds and called for the release of political prisoners Wilma and Benito Tiamzon.
“It is clear that this government is not a government of the people but of the corrupt and liars.” — Mrs. Erlinda Cadapan, mother of missing UP student Sherlyn
In a “Day of Action” on Oct 17, rallyists called for justice for Jennifer Laude and the abrogation of the Philippine-US defense agreements, and culminated with the formation of a network seeking justice for the slain Filipina transgender.
Nurses care for sick patients, but government is not caring for them.
“The problem with Malacañang’s proposal to allow the President to enter into P6 billion to P10 billion ($136 million to $227 million) worth of negotiated power contracts is that it is based on Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla’s mere insistence of a power shortage that is not supported by verifiable data.”
Whenever she came home to Leyte, it was like a feast. Jennifer prepared food for all their neighbors as a way of sharing her blessings.
“Psychological studies conducted by the US Army, Marine Corps, Harvard University, and other agencies revealing alarming trends on the state of mental health of their troops are a matter of security concern to Filipino people especially with the expected entry of tens of thousands of these forces under EDCA.” – Bobby Tuazon, Director for Policy Studies, Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG)
This incident shows that the US-PH Visiting Forces Agreement is unmistakably an affront to the State’s sovereign power to enforce its laws within its territory and makes a mockery of our justice system.” – Makabayan bloc House Resolution no. 17
SONA ng Bayan did not only serve as a venue for various sectors to air their grievances toward the Aquino administration but also an opportunity for artists to showcase their talents for a cause.
In this video, Andrea Rosal demands justice for the death of her baby Diona Andrea. “I hope that you would join me in my fight. I hope children would no longer be victimized. I hope my baby would be the last to suffer this injustice.”
United States President Barack Obama’s two-day state visit to the Philippines was met with protest actions by progressive groups. On April 29, protesters expressed outrage at the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) and marched toward the US Embassy in Manila. Police dispersed the protesters using truncheons and water cannon.
Two years after the Supreme Court ordered the distribution of Hacienda Luisita lands to farmworker-beneficiaries, the Cojuangco-Aquinos, with the help of the Department of Agrarian Reform, have been doing everything to maintain their stranglehold on Luisita, and to provent farmers from taking control of their own land.
On the second anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling on Hacienda Luisita, farmworker-beneficiaries stormed the main office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). They called on Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes to face them in a dialogue but neither the DAR chief nor any of his representative talked to the farmers. Instead, anti-riot police pushed Hacienda Luisita farmers out of the DAR compound.
Two years after the SC decision, Hacienda Luisita farmers said DAR has not performed its mandate of distributing the land.
How could the peace talks between the GPH and the NDFP proceed? Bulatlat.com’s editor Benjie Oliveros and Rey Casambre, executive director of the Philippine Peace Center and one of the convenors of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform, discusses about this and more.
Bulatlat.com’s editor Benjie Oliveros interviews Rey Claro Casambre, executive director of the Philippine Peace Center and one of the convenors of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform regarding the controversies surrounding the peace talks.
On the 45th anniversary of the New People’s Army (NPA), revolutionary forces from the Southern Tagalog region hold a lighting rally in Manila to salute to all the communist guerrillas in the country. They also call for the immediate release of alleged top communist leaders Wilma Austria and Benito Tiamzon who were arrested last week.