May 24, 2015     Philippines
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Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Ordinary people stand up for their rights

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld Celia and Cesar Veloso are admirable parents who wouldn’t give up the fight to bring their daughter, condemned overseas Filipino worker Mary Jane, back to the Philippines – alive, safe and free — against seemingly insurmountable odds. They were up against an international drug syndicate, recruiting poor and desperate

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Mary Jane Veloso is Flor Contemplacion 2

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld The story of Mary Jane Veloso is Flor Contemplacion Part II but for the much happier ending: her execution by firing squad for drug trafficking having been held in abeyance by...

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The personal is political

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld Readers of this 10-something-year-old column have likely observed that the essays I write are mostly political in nature; an outcome of my being a social activist from way back when. But...

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Aquino’s ‘last word’ on Mamasapano, the writing on the wall?

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld President Benigno S. C. Aquino III’s speech at the PNPA graduation was meant to write finis to the public uproar over the bloody, botched counterterrorist operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Instead it...

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Venezuela stands up to US bullying

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld The failed coup in Venezuela last February and US President Obama’s declaration this March that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is a “national security threat” to the United States have escaped...

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Marching for authentic change

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld As of this, two marches was scheduled to take place on March 8. One was the annual celebration of International Women’s Day led by the militant women of Gabriela. The other...

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Aquino and Mamasapano: Covering up for incompetence

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld The second address to the nation about the Mamasapano incident by President B.S. Aquino last Friday was more of the same glib BS. To the fallen 44’s relatives, the self-proclaimed “Father...

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Epic fail in leadership, intelligence

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld It was a rout — massacre. On the early morning of Jan. 25, 44 out of close to 400 elite, US-trained Special Action Force (SAF) policemen were killed in a 12-hour...

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Beyond expectations

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld We write this essay on the third day of the uplifting visit of Pope Francis to the country after his half day stopover at Tacloban City, ground zero of Typhoon Yolanda...

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Welcoming the Pope of the poor to a country of the poor

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld More than a year ago when Pope Francis had barely warmed the papal office in Rome, his words and style of leadership signaled something new and welcome to more than one...

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Torture by any other name

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld A day before International Human Rights Day, a long-delayed US Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” (EITs) — or simply put, torture...

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