July 01, 2015     Philippines
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Thursday, June 25th, 2015

It’s all a matter of self-interest

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Vice President Jejomar Binay was right when he called the Aquino administration as callous and incompetent. How would one call an administration that refuses to raise the salaries and wages of rank and file workers and employees while allowing the prices and rates of basic services, utilities and commodities to

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Are we anywhere near peace in Mindanao?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The headlines of major dailies trumpeted the symbolic decommissioning of 145 fighters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the turning over of 75 high-powered firearms. It is supposed to be a...

Friday, June 12th, 2015

The urgent fight for sovereignty

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Exactly 117 years ago, the first Philippine republic was declared and even for a brief moment, the Filipino nation enjoyed its sovereignty and independence after defeating the Spanish colonizers. But as history...

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

MRT: the fallacies and folly of privatization

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective What the government does, corporations can do better and more efficiently. Competition will bring down the prices of services, which were formerly provided by government. Besides, government-owned and controlled corporations are just...

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Furtive measure to take away national patrimony

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective While the public’s attention is being directed toward the debate over the constitutionality of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, the House of Representatives has been fast-tracking a resolution to remove or render...

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Kentex is no aberration

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The general public, even the government, expressed shock over the death of more than 72 workers in a fire that gutted the factory of Kentex, makers of local rubber slippers Havanas. Labor...

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Is the Philippines prepared for another major disaster?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Bulatlat.com The country has not yet fully recovered from the impact of super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), which hit the country two and a half years ago, and yet disasters seem...

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

A lesson in respect

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Filipinos are known for their hospitality. But hospitality and graciousness are not the only values being taught to Filipino children. Filipinos also value respect. Children could never tell their parents to “shut...

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

No country for old, even young workers

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The Aquino government, according to its Twitter posts, intends to declare as ‘milestones’: the purported decrease in unemployment and the 13th month pay tax exemptions. Filipinos have a term for this: “consuelo...

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Colonial mindset, nay sell out, knows no boundaries

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective There seems to be no limits to the depths those who are selling the Filipino people’s sovereignty, identity, and soul would go. Economically, the Aquino government tried to push for amendments to...

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Save Mary Jane Veloso, save the Filipino people

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The family, relatives and friends of Mary Jane Veloso, with the help of Migrante International and other progressive groups, the Catholic Church, and concerned citizens are trying to move heaven and earth...

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