2 peasant organizers arrested in Laguna

Dana (left) with sister Ara (Bulatlat file photo) By JUSTIN UMALI Bulatlat.com CALAMBA, Laguna – Peasant organizers Dana Marie Marcellana and Christian Relao were arrested by elements of the police and military, June 25 in barangay San Gabriel, San Pablo, Laguna, according to human rights watchdog Karapatan Southern Tagalog. According to initial reports received by… Continue reading 2 peasant organizers arrested in Laguna

Bishop seeks clemency for mother-son political prisoners

“With his death, Jesus Alegre is now free at last from worldly greed, oppression and injustice. But his widow and son, both unjustly convicted and imprisoned for the last 16 years, continue to languish and suffer in separate jails.” — Bishop Gerardo Alminaza By RAYMUND B. VILLANUEVA Kodao Productions/ Bulatlat.com MANILA — A bishop asked… Continue reading Bishop seeks clemency for mother-son political prisoners

ILO help sought over gov’t crimes against Filipino agricultural workers

Agricultural workers seek ILO help over attacks (Photo courtesy of UMA) By DAWN CECILIA PEÑA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Agricultural workers filed complaints before the International Labor Organization on June 23 against what they deem as state-sanctioned union-busting, harassment, and political killings. Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) and National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW)… Continue reading ILO help sought over gov’t crimes against Filipino agricultural workers

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

Government still fails in COVID-19 mass testing

Restricting mobility is meant to give government the time to build its capacities to stop the spread of the virus. But what happens when a government only resorts to a lockdown and nothing else? By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Additional research from Dawn Peña, Amalyn Pascual, and Jon Ernst Pascual Graphics by Dawn Peña Bulatlat.com… Continue reading Government still fails in COVID-19 mass testing

2 Lumad farmers, 1 student killed in another Lianga massacre

Photo courtesy of Karapatan-Caraga Trigger warning: Rape, sexual violence, torture By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com Updated June 17, 2021, 12:42 p.m. MANILA – Two Lumad farmers and a 12-year old student were killed by soldiers in Lianga, Surigao del Sur, according to human rights group Karapatan-Caraga. The group said that on June 15, soldiers… Continue reading 2 Lumad farmers, 1 student killed in another Lianga massacre

‘Long wait for justice is finally coming to light’ – kin of drug-related killings

Purisima Dacumos and Llore Benedicto who lost their sons in the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, during the Confessio Peccati in Sampaloc, Manila, (Photo by A.M. Umil/Bulatlat) “I was so elated that I could barely sleep. I’m thinking that ‘this is it!’ Our long wait for justice is finally coming to light.” By ANNE MARXZE… Continue reading ‘Long wait for justice is finally coming to light’ – kin of drug-related killings

ICC prosecutor seeks authorization to start probe of drug-related killings in PH

Family members and relatives of victims of the war on drugs light candles as a sign of their continuous mourning for the death of their loved ones. (File photo) “…[t]here is a reasonable basis to believe that the crime against humanity of murder has been committed on the territory of the Philippines between 1 July… Continue reading ICC prosecutor seeks authorization to start probe of drug-related killings in PH

Kin of bedridden former OFW appeals for gov’t assistance

Estela and Francisco Caagbay (Photo courtesy of the Caagbay family) By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA – Francisco Caagbay could still remember how a ranking government official tapped his shoulder and said in Filipino, “I got your wife.” But it has been a year since his wife, now bedridden, has made it back to… Continue reading Kin of bedridden former OFW appeals for gov’t assistance