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Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Starting the New Year 2014…wrong

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Filipinos have this superstition that one has to start the new year right because that would reflect on his or her fortune for the rest of the year. This is why deaths, illnesses, quarrels, having no money at the beginning of the year spell doom for the unlucky one. If

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Hard selling increased presence of US troops again and again

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat Perspective The Aquino government is using every opportunity to hard sell the increasing presence of US troops in the country. Right after Typhoon Yolanda caused massive devastation in central Visayas provinces and US...

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Bearing the brunt of neoliberal policies

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Prices of oil products and LPG have been increasing monthly this last quarter. The latest increase in LPG was the heftiest, jacking up prices by P140 – P157 ($3.18 to $3.56) per...

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Impunity is a serious matter

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat Perspective On the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which marked the first semester of the Aquino administration, President Benigno Aquino III declared his government’s commitment to...

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Let us learn from Haiti and our own experiences in disaster relief, rehabilitation

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat Perspective Three years after a strong earthquake hit Haiti, January 2010, there are still around 360,000 people living in tents that were provided as temporary shelters. People are asking: Where did the donations...

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Lessons from terrible tragedies

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat Perspective Typhoons Ondoy, Pedring, Sendong, Pablo, two freak monsoon rains, and now Yolanda have resulted in too much disaster, too many lives lost, too many houses and infrastructure destroyed, and too much suffering....

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Enough of the special treatment for Napoles

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The much-awaited testimony of Janet Lim-Napoles, suspected conduit in the pork barrel scam involving at least P10 billion ($232.5 million), before the Senate began today November 7. The Philippine National Police reportedly...

Thursday, October 31st, 2013


By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat Perspective Social media was bustling yesterday as soon as Malacañang requested broadcast media networks for airtime between 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. so that President Benigno Aquino III could address the Filipino people. The...

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Legal and immoral

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat Perspective What is legal may not necessarily be moral. Morality is about a code of conduct that is considered right and acceptable; it is about ethics; and ethics could be based on religious...

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Lessons and implications of the US Federal government shutdown

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat Perspective The US has reached a budget impasse forcing the Federal government to partially shut down some of its operations, beginning October 1. The shutdown has affected agencies that provide social services, and...

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

The fat thickens: from a scandal to a mess

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat Perspective What started out as a corruption scandal allegedly involving five senators and 23 legislators from the House of Representatives, together with Janet Lim-Napoles, covering the period 2007-2009, has now erupted into a...

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