VFA back in ‘full force again’ as Duterte recalls termination

File photo. By LUISA SANDOVAL Bulatlat.com MANILA — The Visiting Forces Agreement is in “full force again” as President Rodrigo Duterte recalled his earlier order to terminate the lopsided military pact between the Philippine and US government. This decision was announced following the July 29 visit of US Defense Chief Lloyd Austin III to President… Continue reading VFA back in ‘full force again’ as Duterte recalls termination

‘Longest SONA in post-EDSA was empty’

By GABRYELLE DUMALAG Bulatlat.com MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte may have delivered the longest State of the Nation Address yet, but it was empty – particularly on how he would deal with what appears to be continuing maritime aggression by China in the West Philippine Sea. “In the five years of non-action and even defending… Continue reading ‘Longest SONA in post-EDSA was empty’

Rights groups condemn Duterte’s yet another kill order

Photo by Carlo Manalansan/Bulatlat “All these and more only make the calls to end Duterte’s murderous regime and to prosecute him for his atrocities even more urgent. One more year of Duterte is too long. We cannot let another dead body be added to this regime’s death toll.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA… Continue reading Rights groups condemn Duterte’s yet another kill order

2 activists gunned down while writing graffiti in Albay

Photo by Karren Canon/ Bicol.PH By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Two activists were shot by the police while they were painting words on Banao bridge in Guinobatan, Albay on June 26 at 1:00 a.m., just hours before President Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address. A photo by Bicol.PH shows an unfinished… Continue reading 2 activists gunned down while writing graffiti in Albay

Duterte’s #SONA silent on dealing with deadlier COVID-19 variant, workers’ woes

Photo by Carlo Manalansan / Bulatlat By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA – In his last State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte talked for nearly three hours and repeatedly went off script as he defended his administration, which is now down to its last months. “Beyond the bluster and deception peppered in… Continue reading Duterte’s #SONA silent on dealing with deadlier COVID-19 variant, workers’ woes

#UndoingDuterte | Five years of state terror

Relatives of victims of extrajudicial killings storm Camp Aguinaldo demanding accountability to the death of their loved ones. (Photo courtesy of Karapatan) Under the Duterte administration, Karapatan has noted a pattern of using search warrants issued by executive judges in Quezon City and Manila regional trial courts to conduct police and military raids on homes… Continue reading #UndoingDuterte | Five years of state terror

#UndoingDuterte | 25 massacres recorded

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Human rights alliance Karapatan documented 25 massacres with 120 individuals killed since Duterte assumed office 2016 until June 2021. Based on the group’s data, 36 percent of the victims were farmers fighting for their right to land. The rest of the victims are indigenous peoples and other… Continue reading #UndoingDuterte | 25 massacres recorded

#Tokyo2020 | Hidilyn Diaz wins PH first Olympic Gold

By JANNELA PALADIN Bulatlat.com MANILA – Filipino athlete Hidilyn Diaz made history after winning the country’s very first Olympic gold medal as she competed in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics weightlifting competition, July 26. Diaz won with a 97-kilogram in the snatch and an Olympic record of 127-kilogram in the clean and jerk, for a total… Continue reading #Tokyo2020 | Hidilyn Diaz wins PH first Olympic Gold

#UndoingDuterte| Five years of bloody drug war, kin of victims fight for justice

“We will not just cry, sit down and do nothing. We are victims who have learned to fight for justice not only for ourselves but for the other families as well.” By GABRYELLE DUMALAG Bulatlat.com MANILA— During the presidential campaign, Rodrigo Duterte promised to end drugs in three to six months. “Forget the laws on… Continue reading #UndoingDuterte| Five years of bloody drug war, kin of victims fight for justice