Category: Bulatlat Perspective

The beginning of the Duterte administration

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The country has a new president in Rodrigo Roa Duterte. His induction as the 16th president of the Philippines had none of the pomp of previous presidential inaugurations. According to the Malacañang website, seven presidents were inaugurated at the Quirino Grandstand, three at the Legislative building in Manila, three in…

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…

Neoliberalism and greater Inequality

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The country is ushering in a new administration by the month’s end. While previous administrations came and went, the neoliberal agenda has remained. There has been no deviation from the neoliberal policies that have been implemented since the time of the Marcos dictatorship. However, since incoming Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has…

Outrage justified, killings of journalists definitely not

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective There has already been a lot of outrage from different media groups, local and international, over the statement of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, which practically endorsed the killing of journalists. The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines, the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, Visayas journalists, the Committee to Protect…

Poverty may as well be the #1 cause of death

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Here is an interesting article from Agence France-Presse and published by The Telegraph, also locally by Interaksyon.com, “Financial crisis caused 500,000 extra cancer deaths, according to Lancet study.” The study, which was originally published by the Lancet medical journal, revealed that there were around 260,000 “excess cancer deaths” in OECD…