April 17, 2014     Philippines
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Friday, April 11th, 2014

Who is afraid of the Reds?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Look beyond the name-calling and the labels – communist-terrorists, extortionists, ideological orphans, Stalinists, followers of a lost cause – what do you see? Do you see people who have suspiciously amassed wealth and its trappings such as palatial mansions and houses, luxury cars, jewelry, money and capital that they could

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Where is the promise of good governance?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat Perspective The Aquino administration is about to finish its fourth year and yet, the country is nowhere near the nirvana of corruption-free government acting on the best interests of the Filipino people, which...

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Growth figures: Reasons for optimism and pessimism

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat Perspective There seems to be a lot of reasons for optimism on the part of the Aquino government about the Philippine economic outlook for 2014. 1. The Philippine economy grew by 7.2 percent...

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Challenges of the post-Chavez era| Venezuela in crisis?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Part 2 of 2 Part 1: The US trains its guns on Latin America once more| Venezuela in crisis? The Western press has been full of stories regarding the “crisis” in Venezuela:...

Friday, March 14th, 2014

The US trains its guns on Latin America once more| Venezuela in crisis?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Part 1 of 2 Part 2: Venezuela in crisis? Much has been written about America’s bombing and eventual occupation of Iraq, as well as its occupation of Afghanistan. Recently, the US announced...

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Violence against women and children, a social malady

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The festering, worsening economic and social crisis has not only resulted in widespread poverty and hunger, worsening social inequities and injustices, but also an alarming increase in cases of violence against women...

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Should we be content with trimmed down anti-cybercrime law?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The Supreme Court once again came out with a Solomonic decision: it declared certain provisions of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 as unconstitutional but upheld some as constitutional. The decisions of...

Friday, February 14th, 2014

The rhetoric–reality divide

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective President Benigno Aquino III reportedly called a Cabinet meeting after the Social Weather Stations (SWS) released the result of its recent survey showing that the unemployment rate rose to 27.5 percent, affecting...

Friday, February 7th, 2014

A matter of political will

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective In December of 2013, when Meralco’s petition for a rate hike was approved, Malacañang scrambled to justify it. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said the rate hike is neither “arbitrary nor unreasonable.” Coloma...

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Why is there pessimism despite rosy economic growth figures?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat Perspective The Aquino administration has been boasting that the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, averaging 7.4 percent during the first three quarters of 2013, has been among the highest in Asia. In...

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Corruption: here to stay?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective It has been more than three years since Benigno Aquino III promised to stamp out corruption upon assuming the presidency. Actually, among the promises that Aquino made during the presidential campaign and...

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