October 25, 2014     Philippines
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Friday, July 25th, 2014

Falsehoods about the DAP and economic growth

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Bulatlat.com When the Supreme Court ruled that essential provisions of and acts implementing the Disbursement Acceleration Program are unconstitutional, the Aquino government could have just accepted the decision and reiterate its claim that the DAP was done in good faith to save itself from being prosecuted for it. But the

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Why the campaign for a just and lasting peace is important

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Bulatlat.com Squeezed between President Aquino’s belligerent speech against the Supreme Court’s decision declaring his and Budget Sec. Florencio “Butch” Abad’s pet program the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the equally destructive Typhoon...

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Dire implications of the DAP ruling on the Aquino government

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Bulatlat.com The upcoming fifth and penultimate State of the Nation Address of Pres. Benigno Aquino III is shaping up to be the most turbulent in his administration. Just recently, the Supreme Court...

Friday, July 4th, 2014

To impeach or not to impeach?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Bulatlat.com The Supreme Court decision regarding the unconstitutionality of “specific acts” in the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) is a big blow to the Aquino administration. While the 92-page Supreme Court decision appears...

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Still no dent in addressing corruption and poverty

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The results of April 24-30 survey by Ibon Foundation confirms what most people are feeling during these times. This is a relief from other surveys where one’s immediate reaction after reading its...

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Land, social justice, democracy and peace

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac, Hacienda Looc in Batangas, Hacienda Dolores in Pampanga, Hacienda Arloc and Hacienda Ilimnan in Negros Occidental, what do these have in common? These are vast tracts of land,...

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Serious issues mar claims of freedom and democracy

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat Perspective Progressive groups were quite busy this June 12, the 116th anniversary of Philippine Independence, as well as in recent months. In the morning of June 12, there was a march toward the...

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Napoles, Aquino, and Schrodinger’s cat

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective People despise Janet Lim-Napoles, this writer included, for what she has done: for facilitating the theft of billions of pesos in taxpayers’ money in the Priority Development Assistance fund scam. While the...

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Rhetoric, statistics, and realities

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective A week ago, during the World Economic Forum, Pres. Benigno Aquino III delivered a speech boasting about the 7.2 percent GDP growth the country achieved last year. “We have always said that...

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

The myth of the principle of equality before the law

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The dispensation of ‘justice’, or rather injustices, is so blatant in the Philippines that one could not help but ask: For how long would we allow these to happen? Let us take...

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Lists, lists, lists, what do these tell us?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective So many lists of those allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam have come out. The latest is the “official” list from Janet Lim-Napoles herself, which was turned over by Justice Sec....

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