September 16, 2014     Philippines
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Bulatlat Perspective

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, which were appropriated by a few elite families of big landlords. Also, these lands were supposed to be

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....

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Can we really dismantle political dynasties through legislation?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective News agencies reported that a pending bill banning political dynasties has finally passed the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms and is due for plenary debates at the House of Representatives....

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Is the US-PH Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement a deal between two equals?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Malacañang finally released a copy of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement it signed with the US government. It is a 10-page agreement that gives the US Armed Forces free, blanket access to...

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Throwback to 1946, strengthening US stranglehold on the Philippines

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The Aquino government has been rushing two things in time for the visit of US Pres. Barack Obama: the “Framework Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation” between the US and the Philippines that...

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Who is afraid of the Reds?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Look beyond the name-calling and the labels – communist-terrorists, extortionists, ideological orphans, Stalinists, followers of a lost cause – what do you see? Do you see people who have suspiciously amassed wealth...

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Where is the promise of good governance?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat Perspective The Aquino administration is about to finish its fourth year and yet, the country is nowhere near the nirvana of corruption-free government acting on the best interests of the Filipino people, which...

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