Category: Bulatlat Perspective

Neoliberalism and greater Inequality

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The country is ushering in a new administration by the month’s end. While previous administrations came and went, the neoliberal agenda has remained. There has been no deviation from the neoliberal policies that have been implemented since the time of the Marcos dictatorship. However, since incoming Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has…

Outrage justified, killings of journalists definitely not

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective There has already been a lot of outrage from different media groups, local and international, over the statement of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, which practically endorsed the killing of journalists. The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines, the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, Visayas journalists, the Committee to Protect…

Poverty may as well be the #1 cause of death

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Here is an interesting article from Agence France-Presse and published by The Telegraph, also locally by Interaksyon.com, “Financial crisis caused 500,000 extra cancer deaths, according to Lancet study.” The study, which was originally published by the Lancet medical journal, revealed that there were around 260,000 “excess cancer deaths” in OECD…

On the Kidapawan massacre and ‘daang matuwid’

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective When people use the phrase “Let them eat brioche (cake),” quoting a French queen – widely believed to be Queen Marie-Antoinette, wife of King Louis XVI, but later discovered to be Queen Marie Therese, wife of Louis XIV – who uttered the phrase in response to the clamor of hungry…

Issues, policies that national candidates would not touch

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Voters have witnessed two presidential debates already: the first at Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City and a second one at the University of the Philippines–Cebu. Have these clarified the platforms of the presidential candidates? Did these debates clarify their positions on the major issues and problems confronting the…

Comelec hogwash

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is once again blackmailing the public – for the nth time – into allowing it to disregard the safeguards provided by the Automated Election System Law (AES). After the Supreme Court ruled that the Comelec should print voter receipts, which is one of the transparency…