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Human rights groups to UN: Arroyo repackaging herself as ‘pitiful victim’ * Latest Posts Breaking News Human Rights Human Rights - Front Other Stories 

Human rights groups to UN: Arroyo repackaging herself as ‘pitiful victim’

“It is the height of irony that Ms. Arroyo is now complaining over ‘violations’ of her civil and political rights, when she enjoys the most special treatment of detained persons under the Aquino administration.”

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The myth of the principle of equality before the law * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary 

The myth of the principle of equality before the law

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The dispensation of ‘justice’, or rather injustices, is so blatant in the Philippines that one could not help but ask: For how long would we allow these to happen? Let us take the case of three persons. On one side are former president and current Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and pork barrel scam conduit Janet Lim Napoles. Arroyo was arrested the second time in October 2012 when she checked in at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center where she was detained months before on charges of…

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Message to Aquino * Latest Posts Commentary Contributions Vantage Point 

Message to Aquino

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Did we get that right? Was Benigno Aquino III blaming the Arroyo regime for the 15% drop in his September approval ratings? Mr. Aquino blames his predecessor’s administration for the corruption that has metastasized in the public sector, the poverty that afflicts millions of Filipinos, and the poor performance of the economy, among other ills. But perhaps because this was the first time his approval ratings have had a two-digit decline, Mr. Aquino, whose approval ratings had been phenomenal since he took…

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Is Aquino giving  Macagapal-Arroyo easy way out? – progressive groups ask * Latest Posts Other Stories Politics & Governance 

Is Aquino giving Macagapal-Arroyo easy way out? – progressive groups ask

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com Is the Aquino government giving former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo the easy way out? This seems to be the case say lawmakers as the Office of the Ombudsman has yet to act on the non-bailable cases against her. The lawmakers of Bayan Muna once more rattled the doors of the Ombudsman’s office and filed an urgent resolution for the non-bailable plunder case against the former president and incumbent Pampanga Representative who is now under hospital arrest. Bayan Muna Party list Representatives Teddy Casiño and Neri…

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With Corona adjudged guilty, groups bat for govt transparency, Luisita distribution * Latest Posts Other Stories 

With Corona adjudged guilty, groups bat for govt transparency, Luisita distribution

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA –The unprecedented impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona came as no surprise to some progressive peoples’ organizations. Citing how the Aquino government has used “all its powers to achieve this end” – railroading for example the approval in Congress of the impeachment complaint and deploying the Anti-Money Laundering Council to release Corona’s financial records without a court order – various groups are now urging the Filipino public to guard against an Aquino-dictated Supreme Court, and to observe transparency in governance. “After Corona’s conviction, it cannot…

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The impending conclusion to the impeachment process * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary 

The impending conclusion to the impeachment process

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com Chief Justice Renato Corona finally took the witness stand after he was urged, pressured, and challenged for weeks. He is practically the only defense witness whose testimony has been declared as material to the impeachment proceedings. Senate Pres. Juan Ponce Enrile ruled that the testimonies of the other witnesses presented by the defense were irrelevant to the case. However, what Chief Justice Corona did was to deliver his piece, which was meant not to explain the controversial dollar accounts but more to appeal to the public’s…

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Philippine govt compromises own Scarborough claim * Latest Posts Other Stories 

Philippine govt compromises own Scarborough claim

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – “Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should be jailed not just for plunder but also for treason.” This was the statement of Terry Ridon, spokesperson and general counsel of Kabataan Partylist, as he blamed the past administration— and dared the current Aquino government— to revise the downgrading of the Scarborough Shoal into just a ‘regime of islands’ under the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) instead of declaring it as part of Philippine territorial waters. Ridon explained that in declaring the Scarborough…

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Torture, an anathema to democracy * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary 

Torture, an anathema to democracy

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com “Just as ecologists define ecosystems by the presence of certain ‘indicator species’ of plants and birds, torture is an indicator species of a regime that it is engaged in a deeply anti-democratic project, even if that regime happens to have come to power through elections.” – Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine People may perhaps be wondering why President Benigno “Noynoy” C. Aquino III has been playing blind, deaf, and mute to the calls for justice of victims of human rights violations of the previous administrations, from…

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