October 26, 2014     Philippines
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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Obsessed with power?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective After admitting in a Lower House hearing that the projected power shortage in April 2015 that it is referring to is actually a deficit in net reserves of from 21 to 31 megawatts during the peak week, the Department of Energy is at it again, raising the specter of three-to-four

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The worst in humanity

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The brutal murder of Jeffery “Jennifer” Laude should jolt us all. The murder showed three fatal flaws in society’s culture nowadays. First is the hate culture directed against those who do not...

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

The failed promises of privatization

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Privatization, by whatever name – Build-Operate-Transfer or Public-Private Partnerships – was touted to be the solution to the inefficient, monopolistic management by government of public utilities and services. It was supposed to...

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Crass, disgusting commodification

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective There is a saying that lightning does not strike twice in the same place. But in this case, it did. On September 20 Saturday, during the Naked Truth and Denim and Underwear...

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Emergency powers? Not again

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective There is something ominous when the president asks Congress for emergency powers on the week that the country is about to commemorate the infamy of the Marcos dictatorship. Nothing good has come...

Friday, September 5th, 2014

WEF rankings upgrade, what’s in it for ordinary Filipinos?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The Philippines recently moved up seven notches from 59th to 52nd out of 144 countries in the ranking of the World Economic Forum (WEF) for “global competitiveness.” Malacañang hailed it as a...

Friday, August 29th, 2014

The list of problems gets longer and longer

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Despite the Aquino government’s claims to the contrary, there are a lot of things that are terribly wrong now. And the government doesn’t seem to have a comprehensive, integrated plan to address...

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Impending showdown

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Two major events would be happening next week. On August 25 in the morning there would be a mass petition signing for the People’s Initiative against the pork barrel. This is a...

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Impunity or justice?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective It is ironic that retired Army Gen. Jovito Palparan, who is called “The Butcher” by human rights groups for the trail of blood he left wherever he was assigned, is now saying...

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Banks rule 2

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Last week, this writer wrote about the implications of the law signed by President Aquino liberalizing the banking sector. The article dealt with how multinational banks would be able to control local...

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Banks rule

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective A week before his 5th State of the Nation Address, Pres. Benigno Aquino III signed into law Republic Act (RA) 10641 or “An Act Allowing the Full Entry of Foreign Banks in...

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