December 22, 2014     Philippines
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Friday, September 5th, 2014

WEF rankings upgrade, what’s in it for ordinary Filipinos?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The Philippines recently moved up seven notches from 59th to 52nd out of 144 countries in the ranking of the World Economic Forum (WEF) for “global competitiveness.” Malacañang hailed it as a major achievement and a gauge of the success of its ‘good governance’ thrust. Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said

Friday, August 29th, 2014

The list of problems gets longer and longer

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Despite the Aquino government’s claims to the contrary, there are a lot of things that are terribly wrong now. And the government doesn’t seem to have a comprehensive, integrated plan to address...

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Impending showdown

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Two major events would be happening next week. On August 25 in the morning there would be a mass petition signing for the People’s Initiative against the pork barrel. This is a...

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Impunity or justice?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective It is ironic that retired Army Gen. Jovito Palparan, who is called “The Butcher” by human rights groups for the trail of blood he left wherever he was assigned, is now saying...

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Banks rule 2

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Last week, this writer wrote about the implications of the law signed by President Aquino liberalizing the banking sector. The article dealt with how multinational banks would be able to control local...

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Banks rule

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective A week before his 5th State of the Nation Address, Pres. Benigno Aquino III signed into law Republic Act (RA) 10641 or “An Act Allowing the Full Entry of Foreign Banks in...

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Falsehoods about the DAP and economic growth

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective 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...

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Why the campaign for a just and lasting peace is important

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective 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 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 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...

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