Category: Bulatlat Perspective

A challenge to the new Environment Secretary, the Duterte administration

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective A major online daily reported that mere days after the rejection of former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez by the Commission on Appointments of Congress, a mining firm cut thousands of trees, both young and centuries-old, at Brookes Point, Palawan. And it was done in a protected area of Mount Mantalingajan,…

A step closer to peace

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The negotiating panels of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) have achieved a major breakthrough in forging an agreement for an interim joint ceasefire. While the agreement on the ceasefire does not represent the meat of the talks,…

Kudos to El Salvador for standing up for the environment, for its people

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective In a move worthy of praise from environmental activists all over the world, El Salvador became the first country in the world to pass a law banning metal mining. Indeed as Lina Pohl, the environment minister of the smallest Central American country, declared: “It’s a historic day in El Salvador.…

President Duterte could do something positive, beneficial to the majority for a change

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The election of Rodrigo Roa Duterte as president of the country has been met with much hope. After all, his campaign slogan was “Change is coming.” The Filipino people hoped that the new administration would be the opposite of its predecessor the Aquino administration, which had been deemed as elitist,…

The inutile impeachment process

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The very first impeachment complaint has been filed against Pres. Rodrigo Duterte today Thursday March 16, 2016, a little more than seven months after the new administration took over the reins of government. Of course the Duterte administration’s officials and allies were dismissive about it calling it “stupid.” Solicitor Jose…

Mining’s ‘Happy compromise?’

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Expectedly, the confirmation of Environment Sec. Regina Lopez is encountering rough sailing before the powerful Commission on Appointments. The Chamber of Mines has submitted a formal letter of opposition to the confirmation of her appointment. It would not be surprising if the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce (JFC) in the…