“The people demand a genuine FOI law, and those who wish to thwart this are on the defensive in light of the corruption, anomalies, human rights abuses and injustices previously covered up due to information restrictions.”
“A criminal like Palparan does not deserve any form of VIP treatment.” – Concepcion Empeño
“They were given two years to present their witnesses. But they failed.. I wonder where they are going to get their witnesses now.” – Mrs. Concepcion Empeño
“Our justices may look into the possibility of reviewing and revising the rules of court.” – Prima Quinsayas, lawyer of the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists
Jose Rizal once declared: the youth is the hope of our nation. Five decades ago, his words radically transformed into a concrete reality, event organizers said.
“The motive behind his killing is political.” – Sr. Cecille Ruiz, Karapatan-Central Luzon
Members of the End Impunity Alliance, AlterMidya, a national network of alternative media outfits and the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication will hold a protest march around the university’s academic oval on Nov. 21.
Julia Poloyapoy’s three sons were last seen with soldiers during military operations in Agusan del Sur. One turned up dead, while two have been missing for almost month.
“Since last year when the Napoles pork barrel scam was exposed, our people have consistently and repeatedly shown, through protest actions, opinion surveys, social media and the ongoing people’s initiative process, their vehement opposition to any and all forms of pork barrel, whether congressional or presidential.”
“The people of Mindanao are raging and our resistance grows stronger every day. Leave now, or face the people’s resistance.” – Panalipdan Mindanao secretary general Dulphing Ogan
Mindanaoans bring their protest, as well as their culture and tradition, to Mendiola.
“He has been fighting to survive since he was conceived. And now, I will fight for him.”
“Deprive us not of justice.” – Edita Tiamzon, wife of UNTV cameraman Daniel Tiamzon
In the Philippines, dollar remittances from migrants accounted for nearly a tenth of the $280-billion economy last year, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). Indonesia’s BNP2TKI said the overseas remittances by Indonesian migrant workers amounted to Rp 88.6 trillion ($7.35 billion) during the period of January to December 2013. Despite this, however, migrant workers from both countries are not getting the protection and assistance they need in times of distress.
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“There are many cases of VAW (violence against women) committed by soldiers, police and the like and not a single perpetrator has been punished.” – Obeth Montes, Gabriela
“Productive agricultural forces – thousands of farmers and indigenous peoples of Tarlac and Pampanga – are being destroyed in the name of anti-people and pro-business real estate developments.”
The Ampatuan Massacre is a key issue in the Filipino people’s struggle against the culture of impunity that has afflicted the country for so long. A decision favourable to the masterminds and killers will encourage more killings of and human rights violations against journalists, activists, and other sectors.
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.