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Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Can we really dismantle political dynasties through legislation?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective News agencies reported that a pending bill banning political dynasties has finally passed the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms and is due for plenary debates at the House of Representatives. According to the proposed bill, a political dynasty exists when “two or more individuals who are related within

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Is the US-PH Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement a deal between two equals?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Malacañang finally released a copy of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement it signed with the US government. It is a 10-page agreement that gives the US Armed Forces free, blanket access to...

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Throwback to 1946, strengthening US stranglehold on the Philippines

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The Aquino government has been rushing two things in time for the visit of US Pres. Barack Obama: the “Framework Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation” between the US and the Philippines that...

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Who is afraid of the Reds?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Look beyond the name-calling and the labels – communist-terrorists, extortionists, ideological orphans, Stalinists, followers of a lost cause – what do you see? Do you see people who have suspiciously amassed wealth...

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Where is the promise of good governance?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat Perspective The Aquino administration is about to finish its fourth year and yet, the country is nowhere near the nirvana of corruption-free government acting on the best interests of the Filipino people, which...

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Growth figures: Reasons for optimism and pessimism

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat Perspective There seems to be a lot of reasons for optimism on the part of the Aquino government about the Philippine economic outlook for 2014. 1. The Philippine economy grew by 7.2 percent...

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Challenges of the post-Chavez era| Venezuela in crisis?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Part 2 of 2 Part 1: The US trains its guns on Latin America once more| Venezuela in crisis? The Western press has been full of stories regarding the “crisis” in Venezuela:...

Friday, March 14th, 2014

The US trains its guns on Latin America once more| Venezuela in crisis?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Part 1 of 2 Part 2: Venezuela in crisis? Much has been written about America’s bombing and eventual occupation of Iraq, as well as its occupation of Afghanistan. Recently, the US announced...

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Violence against women and children, a social malady

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The festering, worsening economic and social crisis has not only resulted in widespread poverty and hunger, worsening social inequities and injustices, but also an alarming increase in cases of violence against women...

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Should we be content with trimmed down anti-cybercrime law?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The Supreme Court once again came out with a Solomonic decision: it declared certain provisions of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 as unconstitutional but upheld some as constitutional. The decisions of...

Friday, February 14th, 2014

The rhetoric–reality divide

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective President Benigno Aquino III reportedly called a Cabinet meeting after the Social Weather Stations (SWS) released the result of its recent survey showing that the unemployment rate rose to 27.5 percent, affecting...

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