January 30, 2015     Philippines
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Friday, January 23rd, 2015

After the Pope Francis storm, what now?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective During the visit of Pope Francis from January 15 to 19, time seemed to have gone to a standstill. We had non-working holidays, at least in Metro Manila; there was no traffic, except of course in areas where the roads were blocked and near places where Pope Francis was holding

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Different voices

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective This is perhaps the only long holiday weekend when people are not leaving Manila for a vacation. Instead most, who are Catholics of course, have been busy preparing for the visit of...

Friday, January 9th, 2015

The last leg of the Aquino presidency

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Pres. Benigno Aquino III is about to enter the last year of his administration. Technically, his term ends in one and a half years more. However, in the Philippines, a year before...

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...

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

#AbolishPork

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...

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