Category: Bulatlat Perspective

What do the Brexit, Trump victory and the Marcos burial have in common?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The people could gain insights from these three major yet seemingly unrelated events. Actually there are common threads that link these three events in world politics. First, these are all products of democratic institutions and processes. The Brexit was decided by a referendum. Trump’s victory, of course, was the result…

No, they are not okay yet

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective If you live in Manila, you most probably have not read any article during the last few months about the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan). Of course, almost three years have passed since that fateful day of November 8, 2013. The affected communities in Leyte should have recovered…

Social Media for Advocacies, Change

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective What started as a platform for updating, interacting with and expanding a person’s network of friends and a venue for self-expression, social media sites and tools have evolved through the years. According to an article published by the website Small Business Trends in May 8, 2013 entitled Complete History of…

The clamor for change

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective What do we make of the high 76 percent satisfaction rating, or 64 percent net satisfaction rating, of President Duterte? This, despite the fact that the President has been receiving a lot of flak for his lethal war on drugs, and his belligerent statements against US Pres. Barack Obama, the…

Congress tit for tat

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective For the past month, the general public has been treated with often colorful Congressional inquiries: earlier by the Senate Justice and Human Rights Committee, then headed by Sen. Leila de Lima, and later by the House Justice Committee being chaired by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali. The Senate inquiry was…

The people’s stake in pushing the peace talks forward

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective In a forum at UP Diliman September 15, NDFP consultants Wilma Austria and Benito Tiamzon explained clearly the need for the national democratic revolution and the peace talks, which, at first glance, may appear contradictory. Wilma Austria traced the historical roots of the revolution, as well as the continuing basis…

Old habits die hard, with a vengeance

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Finally, somebody stood up to our (dis)honorable congressmen who refuse to give up their perks, specifically their beloved pork barrel fund. And it took a non-politician, a progressive educator, unionist, and women’s rights advocate to do it. Social Welfare Sec. Judy Taguiwalo is being grilled by (dis)honorable congressmen, during the…

The matrix

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective After weeks of word war between President Duterte and Sen. Leila de Lima, which has been turning personal and ugly, the President has finally released the matrix of operations of the illegal drug trade emanating from the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP). What the matrix shows is the interconnection of personalities…