Category: Commentary

SC ruling on Marcos burial stokes anew public protests

The Supreme Court’s majority ruling (9-5-1) has upheld President Duterte’s oral order to the Armed Forces of the Philippines to bury the remains of former president-turned-dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The alleged aim is “national unity and healing.” Instead it has stoked anew public protests and indignation across the nation…

Journalist or technician?

Practitioners in that sector of the media who consciously report and interpret events and issues of public relevance as a means of furthering their advocacy for change in Philippine society are not unaware of the possible conflict between advocacy and the fundamental responsibility of providing accurate and reliable information. There are several hundred such media…

What do the Brexit, Trump victory and the Marcos burial have in common?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The people could gain insights from these three major yet seemingly unrelated events. Actually there are common threads that link these three events in world politics. First, these are all products of democratic institutions and processes. The Brexit was decided by a referendum. Trump’s victory, of course, was the result…

Restoring a people’s dignity

I watched the cultural show Hugpungan (“encounter”) mounted by the national minorities — Moro and indigenous peoples — together with UP students at the Diliman Theater last week and was at one point moved to tears. A powerful choreography performed by youngsters, lumad from different tribes in Mindanao, depicted their pride in their culture, forces…

No, they are not okay yet

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective If you live in Manila, you most probably have not read any article during the last few months about the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan). Of course, almost three years have passed since that fateful day of November 8, 2013. The affected communities in Leyte should have recovered…

China, Japan back-to-back visits part of policy design

Behind the bluster and expletive-laced pronouncements of President Duterte, he is gradually giving shape to his avowed independent foreign policy – away from dependence on the United States. In this regard, his back-to-back official visits to China and Japan, and their reported results, provide an initial insight into how he aims to construct the policy…

Facets of injustice in US justice system

This week I came across the interesting stories of two political prisoners. Both served as soldiers under separate American wars of intervention but subsequently, for different reasons, turned against the US government. Both were arrested, and their experiences provide insights into the downside of America’s much-vaunted claims to uphold human rights and its justice system.…