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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…