“Ericson Acosta was physically in prison but his creative imagination and his political resistance soared above dismal conditions and made him free.”
“They were not even given bed foams. They only use carton boxes to protect them from either the cold or hot flooring of the empty swimming pool.”
"The continued failure of the government to arrest, prosecute and convict the perpetrators is indicative of how little, if any at all, importance that the Aquino administration is making to stop this murderous rampage and end the state of impunity in our country.”
"There is no vacuum of leadership in BIFF."
For the the mothers of the disappeared, the silliest question was when the defense lawyer asked if Raymond Manalo has photos or videos of himself, along with the two UP students, to prove his statements.
“There remains fiscal shortfalls as the overall education budget allocation is still way below the recommended six percent of GDP, as government spending in the education sector is only 2.6 percent of GDP in 2011.”
This copy was provided to Bulatlat.com by the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers, a Filipino lawyer rights group who took on Veloso’s case as progressive groups carry on their last ditched efforts to save her from execution.
Health workers from various regions joined the protest against the privatization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center, and for wage hikes.
“This is an attack on the rights of Elmer James Bandol and on the freedom of the press.”
“We are losing our sense of being Filipino.”
“Aquino has no legal and moral authority to sell these coco levy funded corporations and assets.”
The dismissal was due to the failure of the prosecution to bring before the court the complainants of the nearly 30-year-old case.
“Mamasapano is just the tipping point for many workers. We want Aquino removed for pressing down wages, promoting contractual employment, violating workers’ rights to form unions and hold strikes, and other crimes.”
Based on world market trends, fuel energy available to power producers now cost more than 50-percent lower. As such, the Malampaya shutdown “clearly should not result to additional costs, and thus, (there is) no basis for any power rate hike.”
“Instead of adding more years, the government should have fixed the subjects to have a better quality of education. Since this will result in additional financial burden to parents, drop-out students will eventually increase.”
Progressive groups pressed for President Benigno Aquino’s resignation at a rally in Manila last Friday. Marching from various points in Metro Manila, they converged at the historic Mendiola bridge where they sounded like they were, for the nth time, simply haranguing the chief executive for hours on end. Cynics said the event was nothing new […]
They do not smile as often as other children. They tell their visitors about the two-day trek from their forest communities under direct sun and drenching rain last January. They say they have never walked as far before. There were hardly roads in the 14 sitios (sub-villages) where they came from. A thousand of them […]
On International Women’s Day, women rights advocates and members of progressive groups called for the resignation of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s resignation.
Nanay Mameng, isang dula by Slidely Slideshow A new play that depicts the life and struggle of Carmen “Nanay Mameng” Deunida, a celebrated urban poor activist in the Philippines. Photos by JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
In this video, Justine Villeno, son of disappeared labor activist Ben Villeno, belies President Aquino’s promise of “daang matuwid” (straight path), saying that the government will not act in the interest of the kin and victims of human rights violations. Video and editing by Janess Ann J. Ellao
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.