Domestic helper in Saudi wants to go home for surgery

Nora Prequencia, a Filipina domestic helper stranded in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA – A Filipina domestic helper stranded in Saudi Arabia is asking the government to have her repatriated so she can undergo hemorrhoid surgery. “I just want to go home. I do not want to be redeployed to… Continue reading Domestic helper in Saudi wants to go home for surgery

State forces apparently behind the cyber-attacks against PH alternative media

The recent findings by Sweden-based Qurium Media Foundation confirms our suspicion that cyber attacks against Bulatlat and Altermidya are apparently politically-motivated and state-sponsored. Qurium’s forensic investigation published in its website reveals that the attacks have been traced to the Philippine military with the identity “acepcionecjr@army.mil.ph Taguig Red Server.” Globally, the “mil” top-level domain is reserved… Continue reading State forces apparently behind the cyber-attacks against PH alternative media

Trese: Beyond folklore and monsters

The conditions under which Alexandra lived, grew up and struggled have molded her character but it is also in this context that mythical creatures are enabled to rouse the viewer’s consciousness about the current state of Philippine society. Undeniably, Trese is rich in contemporary social realities that resonate with ordinary Filipinos. By YANNI ROXAS Bulatlat.com… Continue reading Trese: Beyond folklore and monsters

A country to win

The ongoing theatrics between President Rodrigo Duterte and his PDP-Laban underlings is most probably scripted and directed by the same public relations operators who advised Mr. Duterte from 2014 to 2016 to pretend to be uninterested in running for President and to announce his candidacy almost at the very last minute. It’s a replay of… Continue reading A country to win

ICC probe on ‘drug war’ must be pursued

It was only a preliminary examination. It essentially focused on documented complaints and information received from various sources – including from families of victims – pertaining to alleged extrajudicial killings of civilians, carried out in pursuance of the Duterte administration’s “war on drugs” during its first nine months in office (July 1, 2016 to March… Continue reading ICC probe on ‘drug war’ must be pursued

Saudi-based OFWs stranded for 5 years seek legal assistance

Screenshot of Bulatlat’s online interview with stranded OFWs in Saudi Arabia. By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA – “We try to laugh it off.” This is how overseas Filipino worker Rolando Matias described their situation now in a housing facility owned by their previous employer in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. They have been living there… Continue reading Saudi-based OFWs stranded for 5 years seek legal assistance

Asian hate is nothing new, Covid-19 made it worse

Filipino nurse and activist Jhonry dela Cruz (center) speaking in a protest in front of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. countering Ambassador Jose Romualdez’s reception dinner celebrating 75 years of “thriving” United States-Philippine relations. Photo from BAYAN USA DC-MD-VA. Filipinos ranked the third largest ethnic group who reported to have experienced discrimination and harassment,… Continue reading Asian hate is nothing new, Covid-19 made it worse

Stinking realities: Unsafely disposed diapers undermine sanitation programs, cause diseases

A World Bank study found that children’s feces are potentially riskier than adult feces due to higher prevalence of diarrhea and pathogens. By RHENZEL RAYMOND CALING  Bulatlat.com Every morning, Menchie Leona is greeted by the same scene. Trash bags outside their Bulacan apartment, torn apart by stray dogs that rummage scattered garbage, including used diapers… Continue reading Stinking realities: Unsafely disposed diapers undermine sanitation programs, cause diseases

Wife of political prisoner allowed to visit wake of husband

(Photo courtesy of Kapatid) MANILA – After 16 years of separation, political prisoner Morita Alegre has finally seen her husband Jesus – only that he is already in a coffin. Kapatid, a support group of families and friends of political prisoners, has appealed to the Department of Justice to allow Morita and their son Selman… Continue reading Wife of political prisoner allowed to visit wake of husband

Death of political prisoners alarms families

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – It’s been a year since Erlinda Perez, 51, was able to visit her daughter Gee-Ann in prison. Restrictions due to the novel coronavirus has denied her of this privilege. Erlinda is worried because her daughter had leprosy, making her prone to contracting the deadly virus in the… Continue reading Death of political prisoners alarms families