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Politicians and other vermin * Latest Posts Commentary Opinion 

Politicians and other vermin

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Some Filipinos probably thought that the family members of Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. were speaking metaphorically when they complained about the infestation of “rats and roaches” in Revilla’s detention cell in the Philippine National Police Custodial Center. But they were being literal, and were not referring to other politicians, Revilla being the first pol to be detained there. They were also said to have complained about “the heat,” to which Joseph Estrada, who was himself convicted of plunder, but was pardoned…

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Master’s tools (Notes on cynicism, labor, finance capital, and the art industry) * Latest Posts Blood Rush Columns Commentary Opinion Top Stories 

Master’s tools (Notes on cynicism, labor, finance capital, and the art industry)

The current economic crisis under global capitalism is worsening at a speed that even its most shrewd and sneaky economic managers have not succeeded in slowing it down. But its cultural managers scattered in key institutions still talk of the existing order as if it were a result of some divine ordination. For them, the present can only be deemed as the end of a historical progression that has reached its ultimate peak so that an alternative vision can only be a threat to civilization.

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Blood rush over bloodbaths | Still killing and dying for Hacienda Luisita * Latest Posts Agrarian Reform Blood Rush Columns Commentary Opinion Top Stories 

Blood rush over bloodbaths | Still killing and dying for Hacienda Luisita

Twenty seven years ago on January 22, 1987, 10,000-15,000 marching farmworkers of Hacienda Luisita and land reform advocates were met with bullets as they bravely wagered for land, labor, and life. This fatal encounter, now known as the Mendiola Massacre, between farmworkers and the state is a scandalous event that instantly killed 13 protesters, the same event that made a premature break with the new regime’s professed democratic restoration after the dark years of Martial Law.

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Estrada’s ‘Magna Carta’ bill * Latest Posts Commentary Contributions Opinion Vantage Point 

Estrada’s ‘Magna Carta’ bill

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld In response to, among other media issues, the continuing killing of journalists — 130 so far killed in the line of duty since 1986 and 16 since Benigno Aquino III became President in 2010 — Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada has re-filed the “Magna Carta for Journalists” bill which he had filed during the 14th Congress. The bill declares “security of tenure, humane conditions of work and a living wage” for journalists as State policy, and as objectives those of ensuring “comprehensive benefits…

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Insurance Commission remiss in regulating pre-need firms * Latest Posts At Ground Level Commentary Opinion 

Insurance Commission remiss in regulating pre-need firms

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Last April 20 and 27, I wrote about how Pryce Plans, Inc. and its president, Salvador P. Escano, treated me over the lump-sum payment of my modest (P300,000) pension plan that the company was obligated to hand over to me in 2008. After a five-year delay, Pryce Plans tried to coax me to accept either a cash settlement of P108,000 (equivalent to 40% of my claim’s net amount minus 10% service charge) or 80% equivalent in kind: either liquefied…

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Rallies and timezones * Latest Posts Commentary Opinion Question Everything 

Rallies and timezones

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com Because of varying time zones, it is almost impossible to organize synchronized global protests. Realtime uprisings in the global village are actually done in a continuum. Let us assume for example that today is the Global Day of Action Against Evil. It is 12 noon in Manila and 1pm in Tokyo but it is still 12 midnight in New York and 1am in Rio de Jainero. East Asian protesters are already unfurling banners in freedom parks while their counterparts in London are still preparing for…

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Corruption * Latest Posts Commentary Contributions Opinion Vantage Point 

Corruption

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Campaigning in 2010, Benigno Aquino III identified corruption as the cause of Philippine poverty, and promised to put an end to it once he was elected President. It hasn’t been as easy as he seems to have thought. As the network of corruption of which the 10-billion pork barrel scandal is only a small part is demonstrating daily — and as such cases as the textbook scam at the Department of Education, the misuse of the 728-million fertilizer fund in 2004, the…

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P-Noy mum on human rights, GPH-NDFP peace talks * Latest Posts At Ground Level Commentary Opinion 

P-Noy mum on human rights, GPH-NDFP peace talks

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Last August 2, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process issued a quaint statement through its website. It’s titled, “Goodwill, sincerity will move GPH-CPP/NPA/NDF peace process forward.” It quotes remarks by Alexander Padilla, head of the government panel in the GPH-NDFP peace talks, which convey the impression that the negotiations — in limbo since these bogged down in mid-2011 after resuming auspiciously in February — would be pursued earnestly by President Aquino. Yet, P-Noy, to the…

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