Category: Bulatlat Perspective

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Shortly upon taking over the presidency of the premier state university in the country the University of the Philippines in 2011, Alfredo Pascual hosted a dinner discussion with the media to respond to questions regarding his policy directions. When asked whether his administration would impose a tuition increase, Pascual said…

Attacks on environmental activists, indigenous peoples, and the destruction of the environment

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Recent Bulatlat.com articles show an alarming trend in the country and the world: the murder, harassments, and forced evacuation being committed against environmental activists and indigenous peoples. The series of articles on Lumad killings and the harassment and surveillance on an environmental activist show why the Philippines is the deadliest…

The myth of inclusive growth under the neoliberal regime

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective “Building inclusive economies, building a better world” is the theme of this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting to be held in Manila this November. Inclusive growth has also been the rallying call of the Aquino administration. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals from 2015 to 2030 dedicated several goals to…

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective After months of speculation, Sen. Grace Poe finally announced her intention to run for president in the 2016 elections. Even before Senator Poe announced her candidacy, she has been topping the polls over erstwhile frontrunner Vice Pres. Jejomar Binay who appeared to have bagged the presidency early on, if surveys…

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective One of the multi-awarded reporters of a major media conglomerate interviewed on national television the head of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Leonor T. Oralde-Quintayo regarding the spate of killings of Lumads in Mindanao. But she began the segment by saying, “groups with conflicting ideologies” have been recruiting Lumads…

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective After President Aquino was pressured to put a stop to the random opening of balikbayan boxes by the Bureau of Customs to look for something to tax, Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina did not even sound apologetic. He was quoted saying, “Why can’t we not be honest?” He was even blaming…

Democracy in the 21st century

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The phone calls of citizens are recorded and turned over to intelligence agencies. Emails and Internet searches are likewise monitored. If one makes the mistake of mentioning Allah or Islam in his or her email, the said email is flagged and the sender and receiver of the message immediately targeted…