Category: Bulatlat Perspective

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…

Revising history | Marcos burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective When pressed about why he is allowing the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani despite the numerous protests, President Duterte justified his decision by saying: “He was a president and a soldier. Simple.” Well and good if the matter is as simple…

The Duterte administration and the politics of accommodation

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Despite his tough guy, macho image and no-holds-barred, brash manner of speaking, President Duterte is turning out to be a practitioner of the politics of accommodation. Just yesterday, July 19, former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo walked out free, after being held in custody, albeit in a hospital, for most of the…

A decision with historical implications

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The tribunal of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea finally, after one year, issued its decision affirming that the islands being disputed by China and the Philippines, namely the Scarborough Shoal and Spratly Islands, are within the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines. It also ruled…

A show of political will or disregard for due process?

Since the beginning of his campaign for the presidency, Rodrigo Duterte has been accused of disregarding due process, especially with his endorsement of extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals by the so-called Davao death squad. His campaign promise of ending criminality and the drug menace within the first six months into his presidency stirred reactions of disbelief, on one hand, and fears that he would run roughshod on human rights on the other.

Youth unemployment, a scourge of neoliberalism

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective One major issue that the incoming Duterte administration has to address is youth unemployment. The government’s National Economic Development Authority is alarmed at the high unemployment rate of the youth. According to the Labor Force Survey, 50.1 percent of the 2.594 million unemployed people, in April 2016, are from the…