‘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

Union groups give Duterte’s performance a grade of ‘poor, poor, poor’

By LUISA SANDOVAL Bulatlat.com MANILA— A local advertisement here in the Philippines once asked – where can your P20 bring you? For government workers here, it meant a measly salary increase in the last five years of President Rodrigo Duterte. “(President Duterte’s) performance is very poor among our ranks, especially on our calls for salary… Continue reading Union groups give Duterte’s performance a grade of ‘poor, poor, poor’

#UndoingDuterte | Poor contact tracing amid deadly Delta variant

To identify close contacts up to third or fourth degree, community health advocates said that contact tracing has to rely on an already robust public health system which the Philippines does not have in the first place. By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO With additional research from Kelly Marie Moraleda, Rein Tarinay, and Alex Suarez Graphics… Continue reading #UndoingDuterte | Poor contact tracing amid deadly Delta variant

#UndoingDuterte | Public health’s sorry state under an unapologetic regime

Graphics by Alex Suarez / Bulatlat With President Duterte down to his last months in office, community health advocates say health spending is an election issue that must be addressed – a first step in undoing the sorry state of the country’s public health care under an administration that won with a promise of tapang… Continue reading #UndoingDuterte | Public health’s sorry state under an unapologetic regime

WakaSONA: Progressives call to end Duterte presidency as his last SONA nears

Artists prepare for Monday SONA protest (Photo by Kodao Productions) By LUISA SANDOVAL Bulatlat.com MANILA — “WakaSONA.” This is the theme of the protest on Monday as progressives gather to call for an end to the Duterte presidency as he delivers his last State of the Nation Address amid endless talks on his plans to… Continue reading WakaSONA: Progressives call to end Duterte presidency as his last SONA nears

#UndoingDuterte | World Bank educ report proves government abandonment

(Photo by Mark Henry / Bulatlat). By LUISA SANDOVAL Additional research by Gabryelle Dumalag Graphics by Dawn Peña Bulatlat.com MANILA – Grade 7 student Carmela Garcia often runs out of internet load or data for her online classes. And on days that she has internet load, a stable connection is another story. “It is still… Continue reading #UndoingDuterte | World Bank educ report proves government abandonment