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Friday, February 20th, 2015

Could President Aquino escape accountability for the Mamasapano fiasco?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective When former president Fidel V. Ramos was insisting that the ultimate responsibility for the Mamasapano fiasco lies with President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, being the commander-in-chief, Malacañang responded by saying that Ramos should wait for the results of the investigation. The Board of Inquiry of the Philippine National Police (PNP)

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

The President and his men

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The Mamasapano fiasco triggered the second worst crisis to confront the Aquino the son’s presidency. The first crisis was the result of the expose’ of Aquino’s version of pork barrel funds, the...

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Mamasapano 2: The Aquino presidency and the brewing storm

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective What happened on February 6, 2015 was unprecedented. This is the first time that a president has made a nationwide address on the same issue twice. (Without saying anything substantial – but...

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Lessons from the Mamasapano fiasco

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The Mamasapano fiasco that killed 44 policemen, who came from its elite unit, has generated so much reaction from the public that it compelled President Aquino to explain how and why this...

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

After the Pope Francis storm, what now?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective During the visit of Pope Francis from January 15 to 19, time seemed to have gone to a standstill. We had non-working holidays, at least in Metro Manila; there was no traffic,...

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Different voices

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective This is perhaps the only long holiday weekend when people are not leaving Manila for a vacation. Instead most, who are Catholics of course, have been busy preparing for the visit of...

Friday, January 9th, 2015

The last leg of the Aquino presidency

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Pres. Benigno Aquino III is about to enter the last year of his administration. Technically, his term ends in one and a half years more. However, in the Philippines, a year before...

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Torture as official policy

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Reading through the 500-page Executive Summary of the report of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, one could not help but feel revulsion and...

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Human rights is not just about numbers

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective It’s human rights week once again and it is the time when different groups would come out with their analysis of the human rights situation prevailing in the country. At the same...

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Press freedom?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Press freedom is said to be a fundamental human right and one of the foundations of democratic societies. In 2006, then UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Shashi Tharoor lamented, “The...

Friday, November 14th, 2014


By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Now it’s the turn of Senate President Franklin Drilon to be investigated for the alleged overpricing of government projects, especially the Iloilo Convention Center. It could be remembered that it was Kabataan...

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