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Betrayed, frustrated & disenchanted | Youth groups file impeachment rap vs Aquino * Latest Posts Politics & Governance Top Stories 

Betrayed, frustrated & disenchanted | Youth groups file impeachment rap vs Aquino

“We charge Aquino with culpable violation of the constitution, betrayal of public trust, and graft & corruption. DAP was used by Aquino to pursue his personal interest, and the best example would be the bribery of senators and congressmen, and compensation of his clan in Hacienda Luisita.” – Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan

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Church groups file complaint against police for violent dispersal of Sona protest * Latest Posts Human Rights Human Rights - Front Other Stories 

Church groups file complaint against police for violent dispersal of Sona protest

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA –Members of the progressive groups have formally filed charges against the Philippine National Police (PNP) officials and members of the anti-riot contingent before the Office of the Ombudsman last August 6, Monday. The groups were violently dispersed last July 23 during President Benigno S. Aquino III’s state of the nation address that resulted to more than 80 people injured, including Bishop Solito Toquero of the Ecumenical Bishop’s Forum. The groups were assisted by human rights lawyers’ group National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL)…

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How to gauge Aquino’s third state of the nation address * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary Politics & Governance 

How to gauge Aquino’s third state of the nation address

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com The reactions to President Benigno Aquino III’s third state of the nation address are very varied. Of course, the Aquino government and its allies from the Liberal and Nacionalista parties are expected to praise it to high heavens. But other political figures did so as well. Former president Joseph Estrada called it the best state of the nation address ever and son Sen. Jinggoy Estrada rated it at 9.9 percent. Well, the United Nationalist Alliance – the coalition of the PDP-Laban of Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Vice-president…

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Groups press for release of activist, condemn violent dispersal of anti-SONA protests * Latest Posts Human Rights Human Rights - Front Other Stories Politics & Governance 

Groups press for release of activist, condemn violent dispersal of anti-SONA protests

By ANNE MARXE D. UMIL and RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Members of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan)-National Capital Region demanded the immediate release of a protester arrested during President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday. Protesters picketed Camp Karingal, headquarters of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) July 25, to condemn the continuing detention of Arturo Capellan Jr., 20, a member of Anakbayan chapter in Marikina. According to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) of the QCPD, Capellan, along with some leaders who organized…

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SONA 2012: A chronicle of lies foretold * Latest Posts Agrarian Reform Economy Politics & Governance Special Reports Top Stories 

SONA 2012: A chronicle of lies foretold

By MARYA SALAMAT
Aquino’s 90-minute speech, said to be one of the longest SONAs in recent memory, highlighted achievements that progressive groups shot down either as just a deception, a half-truth at best, or simply meaningless.

Sidebar: Groups press for release of activist, condemn violent dispersal of anti-SONA protests

Sidebar: Anti-SONA 2012 protests in regions against privatization, rights violations

Sidebar: Southern Tagalog, Central Luzon march vs land grabbing, militarization

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Satur C. Ocampo | Looking for answers * Latest Posts At Ground Level Commentary Opinion Politics & Governance State of the Nation Address 

Satur C. Ocampo | Looking for answers

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star “Where’s the vision?” “Where’s the road map?” These have been the common reactions to P-Noy’s second state of the nation address last Monday. The tones have ranged from disappointment on the part of those supportive of his government, to skepticism and cynicism on the part of those critical of its performance. Indeed, questions on several issues raised during P-Noy’s first year in office were left unanswered — about his economic development plan, rising prices, unemployment and wages, agrarian reform,…

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Govt version of Freedom of Information bill restrictive – journalists * Latest Posts Media Top Stories 

Govt version of Freedom of Information bill restrictive – journalists

By RONALYN V. OLEA
Theodore Te, lawyer and an advocate of freedom of information, noted that in the Aquino administration’s version of the Freedom of Information bill exceptions are longer than the list of information subject to mandatory disclosure.
Sidebar: Access to information more difficult under Aquino

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