Category: Bulatlat Perspective

Amid EDSA People Power commemoration, is another one in the offing?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective This year’s EDSA people power celebration is turning out to be a very polarized one, despite the Duterte administration’s attempt to downgrade it. Two events have heightened the polarization: the retraction of former Davao police officer Arthur Lascañas who is now claiming that the Davao Death Squad did exist and…

The killing madness continues

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The kidnap-slay of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo confirmed what critics of the Duterte administration’s bloody anti-drug war have been saying all along: that the blood of innocents are being spilled and that corrupt policemen are taking advantage of the impunity in killings to further their criminal activities. Impunity in…

In the US, battle lines have been drawn

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective US Pres. Donald Trump is perhaps one of the first newly elected US president whose inauguration was met with mass protests. The calls “Not my president” and “Resist” reverberated across the US. US President Trump, however, appeared to have not been bothered by the protests. He ignored it and, true…

The Trump presidency | What is in store for the US and the world?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The shocking victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential elections – despite the lies that he dished out, his racist, xenophobic, homophobic, anti-women statements, and his blunders during the debates – has been attributed to the rise of the “populist right” in the US and Europe. Understandably so because…

The President’s choices

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective After declaring, during his campaign, that he would approve the P2,000 Social Security System pension hike if elected, President Duterte has obviously reneged on his promise. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno’s statement that people should differentiate between Rodrigo Duterte the candidate and Duterte the president did not help any. It is…

What opposition?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo, the recognized head of the Liberal Party, would galvanize the Liberal Party, signal its break from the ruling coalition and strengthen the opposition, right? Think again. Robredo’s resignation from her Cabinet position under the Duterte administration hardly created a ripple. And far from…

Mr. President, you could not totally disregard human rights

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective As December 10 International Human Rights day draws near, let us remind the Duterte administration that human rights is not something which could be upheld or disregarded at the whims or caprices of the government, the war no drugs notwithstanding. There are fundamental rights that could not be totally disregarded…

Let’s bury the Marcoses into political oblivion

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Much has already been said about the historical revisionism, callousness and political implications of the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The accountability of President Duterte for allowing the burial, as well as that of all post-martial law presidents for their…