The government claim that the country’s revolutionary movement has ended with the arrest of Benito and Wilma Tiamzon is wrong and misguided. The country’s top NPA recruiter is still around — BS Aquino. His policies and the worsening crisis under his government are fueling the
Here is statement I issued for Anakbayan re possibility of Arroyo posting bail: We in Anakbayan are dismayed with recent news indicating that former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo may be allowed to post bail and escape detention. This, after co-accused and former COMELEC chair Benjamin Abalos was
A resident was shot dead and more than 30 injured, many by gunfire, as police forces demolished homes and several commercial establishments in Silverio Compound, Paranaque City, April 23. News video footages anddocumentation by citizen media groups showed members of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) armed
It is not surprising that the public is outraged upon news of moves of certain schools to impose grave sanctions upon their students, among them, barring these students from graduation, because of belief by some administrators that they have committed acts “offensive to the schools’ values,”
Various groups have condemned the recent arrest of farmworkers of Hacienda Luisita and the continuing harassment being done against them in the course of their continuing fight for land ownership and justice. The family of President Benigno Aquino III should stop the harassmentagainst the farmworkers and immediately
Various protests were held by different groups as US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton visited Manila last Novermber 15-16, including a “paintbomb ambush” which effectively blocked her convoy and a heckling protest in front of her in a meet and greet forum. Clinton came
A problematic peace plan: OPAPP chief should be sacked, GPH peace talks framework with NDFP and MILF should be reviewed
Amidst the escalation of the armed conflict with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and to a certain extent, with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the government should sack OPAPP head Teresita “Ging” Deles and review its peace talks plan and framework.
Among other things, he promised that under his government, the corrupt Arroyo administration will be held accountable. He promised a government that will no longer be “manhid (insensitive)” to the needs of the people and that the people will be “boss.” He boasted of a government which will tread the “tuwid na daan (straight path)” and that because of all this, “pwede na ulit mangarap (we can dream again)”.
Have things changed? Things have remained pretty much the same: the Arroyos are still in government, tuwid na daan has led to nowhere, but has brought KKK (Kaklase, Kabarilan, Kakampi) to power; and for the majority of the people who are as poor as ever, things have gone from bad to worse.
A few weeks ago, government chief peace negotiator Alex Padilla was quoted in a news report saying Facebook is “pushing rebels into oblivion.” According to him, rebellious young people are now venting their sentiments on Facebook and thus has curtailed the pool of new recruits of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army. Left alone, he said, the insurgency would eventually die a natural death and the role of the peace talks today is to speed up that process.
Up to now, more than 6 months after being sworn into office, the Noynoy Aquino government still has not filed a single case against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Recently, the Aquino government has announced that it is drafting another EO to revive the Truth