April 24, 2014     Philippines
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“This government has failed to punish Palparan ang Gloria (Macapagal-Arroyo) for their human rights violations. But when it comes to filing trumped up cases against activists and having them arrested, the government sure acts fast.” – Orly Marcellana, husband of victim Eden.

“I am prepared for the consequences in defending students’ rights. As long as what you are fighting for is right, we should never give up the fight.” – James Bryan Deang, president of the NU Supreme Student Council

Edre U. Olalia, NUPL secretary general, said they would hold the military and the police and Commander-in-Chief President Aquino himself accountable if any harm is inflicted on Salucon.

'A return to the 'militarized areas' is also a violation of international human rights instruments - Bishop Felixberto Calang, Iglesia Filipina Independiente and chairperson of Barug Katungod Mindanao.

“Isn’t this a sign of the cold-heartedness of our government? Needless to say, the recent forcible evacuation affirmed that even children are not spared from the violence of military operations. “ – Children’s Rehabilitation Center

"Secretary Roxas should come to his senses and stop the Office of the President and Ping Lacson from carrying out this all-time high brutality and wholesale disregard of people's rights and welfare.” – Pamalakaya

“If any harm is inflicted on Atty. Dannug-Salucon or to any of her staff or family members, we shall hold the military and the police and Commander-in-Chief President Aquino himself accountable given the documented harassment and surveillance being made against her.” – Edre Olalia, National Union of People’s Lawyers

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  • “With the dismissal of the case, we are sending the wrong message to the entire world that they can now harass, rape and abuse Filipino women without being punished because our very own government officials accused of such incidents were not given the appropriate sanction.” – Migrante International

  • Tuwing ika-22 ng Abril ipinagdiriwang ang Earth Day, pandaigdigang selebrasyon ng kalikasan at kapaligiran. Sa bahagi naming mga maka-kalikasang aktibista ng Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment, kinakatampukan ang Earth Day ng samut-saring mga aktibidad sa buong bansa upang itambol ang mga mahahalaga at matatampok na isyung pangkapaligiran na kinakaharap ng mamamayan.

  • “The international community finds the filing of dubious and legally untenable charges against the Tiamzon couple as violative of basic criminal law principles and is not only a threat to the peace process but also to due process rights recognized by all civilized nations.” – Edre U. Olalia, NUPL secretary general

  • “Meralco’s core net income yielded rates of return on equity of 22 percent and 26 percent in 2011 and 2012, respectively— way in excess of the 12 percent reasonable rate of return determined by the Supreme Court.” – Marcelo Tecson, former financial and management service chief of the Department of Energy

  • “The arrest is part of the intensifying political repression targeting groups and individuals who oppose development projects in the famous Hamilo Coast in Batangas by Henry Sy-owned Manila Southcoast Development Corporation (MSDC) and reclamation projects in Cavite coasts by Ken Ang-owned Cyberbay Corporation.”

  • “The management is harassing and threatening workers, telling them they held a concerted action — an illegal strike — when the workers only elected to respect the Philippine holiday. They’re just forcing us to work.”

  • Elusive peace

    April 20, 2014
    Elusive peace

    The peace talks between the Government of the Philippines, represented by the Aquino administration, and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines have been on and off during the last few years. The Aquino administration, which took over the reins of government on a platform of change, and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, which is representing a revolutionary movement that has been waging an armed struggle during the last 45 years to solve the basic ills confronting Philippine society, could not seem to come to terms on how to address the roots of the armed conflict and achieve a just a lasting peace. And instead of being able to move forward, the prospects for the peace negotiations seem to have become dimmer and dimmer.

  • “Every year, skyrocketing tuition and miscellaneous fees have always been a burden to students of SUCs and private HEIs. Although there is an existing Ched guideline regarding tuition and school fee increases, the said memo is a toothless regulatory paper. Not only does it fail to genuinely regulate tuition and other school fees increases, it also allows automatic tuition increases for incoming freshmen students.” – National Union of Students of the Philippines
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  • Until now, the Obama administration has not yet responded to the Supreme Court order to explain the US side on the Tubbataha incident. This shows “the US government’s disrespect for our justice system and its indifference on how we assert our sovereignty.”

  • “It is not enough for the Philippine government to just warn OFWs of the virus. They have to be more pro-active and deploy medical personnel to attend to the needs of our OFWs, especially those stranded and lacking medical assistance and facilities in shelters and detention centers.” – Garry Martinez, Migrante International

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  • 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.

  • Monique Wilson, a world class Filipino actress and global diretor for One Billion for Rising Justice campaign, takes up the cudgels for Hacienda Luisita women’s struggle for genuine land reform.

  • Hacienda Luisita farmers share how their huts were destroyed and how they were evicted from their farm lands last month by the security guards of the Tarlac Development Corporation, a firm owned by the family of President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III.

  • Filipinos rise for justice

    February 21, 2014
    Filipinos rise for justice

    On February 14, 2014, women’s rights advocates gathered to rise for One Billion Rising for Justice, a global movement to stop violence against women and children. In the Philippines, women’s group Gabriela and One Billion Rising global director Monique Wilson led the campaign. They slammed the Philippine government for its criminal neglect on the Filipino people.

  • A grandmother talks about losing her house to typhoon Yolanda and having to move her family far from their livelihood. Meanwhile, houses of other typhoon survivors were demolished to make way for the government’s relocation project.

  • At the height of supertyphoon Yolanda (international name:Haiyan) on November 8, a power barge operated by the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) slammed against houses in Barangay Botongon, Estancia, Iloilo. This resulted in death, displacement and continuing endangerment to thousands of residents in the massive oil spill that followed.

    Two months after, the government has still to finish the clean up.

    Teachers and students at Botongon Elementary School continue to hold classes up to two hours a day in the midst of clean up operations in their school, exposing them to various health risks.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK  ››

Rosy GDP growth figures mean nothing to this man living along the bridge  at the Muelle del Banco Nacional St., Binondo, Manila. (Photo by Jigs Tenorio / Bulatlat.com)

Rosy GDP growth figures mean nothing to this man living along the bridge at the Muelle del Banco Nacional St., Binondo, Manila. (Photo by Jigs Tenorio / Bulatlat.com)

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