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On Aquino’s mid-term, tillers in Luisita, elsewhere still landless * Latest Posts Agrarian Reform Hacienda Luisita Other Stories 

On Aquino’s mid-term, tillers in Luisita, elsewhere still landless

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA — The year 2012 would have been joyous for the farmers of Hacienda Luisita, the vast sugar plantation controlled by President Benigno Aquino III’s family for nearly five decades. Aquino himself, during the campaign period in 2010, vowed to distribute the land by 2014. In April, the Supreme Court issued its final ruling for the distribution of the more than 6,000 hectares of land to some 4,000 farmworker-beneficiaries. For most of the year 2012, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), the office mandated to…

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Health for sale * Latest Posts Health Other Stories Special Reports 

Health for sale

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL and BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com MANILA –When the Aquino administration took over the reins of government, the public health system was festering and the poor’s access to essential health services has been getting worse. Ibon Foundation’s data showed that only two out of 10 among the poor have access to free health care, 74 percent have to find the means to pay for their health care. Only three out of 10 among the poor are covered by social health insurance. Eight out of 10 never had…

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Aquino administration’s human rights policy: Big in words, too little in action * Latest Posts Human Rights Human Rights - Front 

Aquino administration’s human rights policy: Big in words, too little in action

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Early on, President Benigno Aquino III vowed to put an end to the killings and bring perpetrators to justice. Aquino signed in November Administrative Order No. 35, creating a nine-member “Inter-agency committee on Extra-Legal Killings, Enforced Disappearances, Torture and Other Grave Violations of the Right to Life, Liberty and Security of Persons.” The so-called super body is mandated to investigate old and new cases of human rights abuses “with greater priority” to those committed under the past administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The super…

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In 2012, urban poor jailed, killed for fighting for homes * Latest Posts Economy Human Rights Other Stories Special Reports Urban Poor Women & Children 

In 2012, urban poor jailed, killed for fighting for homes

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA – Eight months have passed since Arnel Leonor, 19, of Silverio Compound in Parañaque City, was killed during the demolition of their homes. As of this writing, no justice has been served and his mother Glenda feels it is taking too long. Eight months, too, have passed since Vicente Tiongson, 32, was arrested and jailed. His wife Mylene Marsenes, 24, said he was about to buy food after the demolition when the police arrested him. Since then, she and her two children survive…

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Bleeding the supposed ‘bosses,’ the working masses, dry * Latest Posts Economy Labor & Employment - Front Other Stories Special Reports 

Bleeding the supposed ‘bosses,’ the working masses, dry

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – In 2012, the incomes of the Filipino working population shrunk further compared to the rising cost of living, their recorded productivity and, based on news reports, growing revenues of companies. Considering that 2012 precedes an election year, the Aquino government only responded to decade-long calls of organized labor for a significant, nationwide wage hike with erroneous computations, and policies and pronouncements which labor groups decried as misleading and downright anti-worker. These policies are top billed this year by the labor department’s supposed improvement or…

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2012: Where is the Aquino presidency heading to? * Latest Posts Must-Reads Top Stories 

2012: Where is the Aquino presidency heading to?

By BULATLAT STAFF
Every year Bulatlat.com comes out with an analysis of the impact of the administration on the issues and concerns that affect the Filipino people. This year ender has added importance as we are approaching the midpoint of the Aquino presidency – which campaigned under the banner of change – and its policy directions have already taken shape.

Gains, sins of omission and commission of the Aquino presidency

State of press freedom: Attacks and threats in 2012

Now you see them, now you don’t, but G.I. Joes are here to stay, no thanks to the Aquino government

The costs of the Aquino government’s K to 12 program

On Aquino’s mid-term, tillers in Luisita, elsewhere still landless

Health for sale

Aquino administration’s human rights policy: Big in words, too little in action

Aquino’s favorite whipping boys in 2012, government employees

Bleeding the supposed ‘bosses,’ the working masses, dry

In 2012, urban poor jailed, killed for fighting for homes

Elite governance, elite economics: When vaunted growth clashes with reality

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Gains, sins of omission and commission of the Aquino presidency * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective 

Gains, sins of omission and commission of the Aquino presidency

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com Next year would be the mid-point of the Aquino administration. Because it is already near its mid-point, the Filipino people could already accurately gauge the direction of the administration. Let us look at the policy directions of the Aquino presidency by enumerating the issues that emerged in 2012 and the actions or inaction of the government. Good Governance Gains 1. Removal of Renato Corona as chief justice of the Supreme Court – This is perhaps the biggest achievement of the Aquino presidency for the year. In…

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