Category: Commentary

Wake-up call

In 1987 Corazon Aquino filed a libel complaint against the late columnist Luis Beltran for saying that she hid under her bed during a coup attempt by military goons who thought her soft on communism. She went on to break precedent by testifying against him in court, before a judge who was her appointee. Her…

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.…

An illusion and a fraud

The argument that such values as human rights and the right to life are alien to Asian culture and impositions from the West, is not new. But not since the Martial Law period (1972-1986) and only recently has any Filipino functionary or politician demanded that other countries refrain from criticism of the policies and acts…

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,…