Category: Commentary

Revising history | Marcos burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective When pressed about why he is allowing the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani despite the numerous protests, President Duterte justified his decision by saying: “He was a president and a soldier. Simple.” Well and good if the matter is as simple…

Why peace talks still hang in the balance

And so it has come to this. After stoking such high expectations about the resumption of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and what the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) considers the top “security threat” in the country today — the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National…

The Duterte challenge

With only a few exceptions, the corporate media are failing to provide the citizenry the information it needs to understand what’s going on as the five-week-old Duterte administration pursues an aggressive agenda of governance. While supposedly focused on bringing about the changes this country needs, that agenda is turning into a challenge to the press…

Dark clouds over GPH-NDFP peace talks

President Rodrigo Duterte’s dramatic declaration of a unilateral cease-fire vis-a-vis the CPP-NPA-NDFP to usher in the peace talks slated to resume on August 20 was, for all intents and purposes, one of the high points of his one-and-a-half-hour-long State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July 25. He said it was to be effective immediately.…

Funny, problematic — exasperating

President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) was at various times challenging, funny, and puzzling. Particularly problematic, however, were his statements on human rights, the drug problem, and even the media. As has become evident since Day One of his administration, Duterte continues to exasperate through a number of statements as well…

Unilateral ceasefire mode and details need clarifying

This week the Philippine STAR is celebrating its 30th founding anniversary. I join its loyal readers in commending the editorial staff, the management, and the employees for the paper’s sustained growth and dedicated pursuance of its declared goal: that, through responsible reporting and opinion writing, truth shall prevail. Also I thank the Philippine STAR for…