December 23, 2014     Philippines
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Bulatlat Perspective

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Torture as official policy

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Reading through the 500-page Executive Summary of the report of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, one could not help but feel revulsion and alarm at the official, systematic, and brutal application of torture on detainees the US suspected of having links

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Human rights is not just about numbers

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective It’s human rights week once again and it is the time when different groups would come out with their analysis of the human rights situation prevailing in the country. At the same...

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Press freedom?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Press freedom is said to be a fundamental human right and one of the foundations of democratic societies. In 2006, then UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Shashi Tharoor lamented, “The...

Friday, November 14th, 2014


By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Now it’s the turn of Senate President Franklin Drilon to be investigated for the alleged overpricing of government projects, especially the Iloilo Convention Center. It could be remembered that it was Kabataan...

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

What is hampering Yolanda rehabilitation efforts?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective There have been more than one view of how rehabilitation efforts, especially in hard-hit Eastern Visayas, have progressed a year after super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit the country. It’s as if people...

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Two contrasting treatments

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Two names have become inextricably linked – Jennifer Laude and US Marine Pvt. 1st Class Joseph Scott Pemberton – on that fateful day of Oct. 11. Jennifer was found dead in a...

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...

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...

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