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As The Bamboos Sway: Digong Dichotomized

In every dichotomy, one component is always dominant or primary. This component will prevail when said dichotomy will dissolve. This brings to fore the question I have asked in one of my earlier articles: Will the real Rodrigo Duterte, please, stand up.

Bandillo: The 5th round of Peace Talks

I will be attending the 5th Round of GRP-NDFP Peace Talks at Noordwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands on May 27-June 1, 2017. I just received my international plane ticket and insurance courtesy of the Royal Norwegian Government, the third party facilitator in the ongoing GRP-NDF Peace Talks. The venue of talks is a charming beach town on the north coast of The Netherlands. The place offers picturesque vistas of the North Sea from large in-room windows.

Youthspeak: Ano ba ang Peace Talks na ‘yan?

Tinanong ko na din yan sa sarili ko noong una kong narinig ang salitang yan sa hayskul. Hindi pa nakiliti ang isip ko noon kaya pinalipas ko ang pagpapalalim at nag-DOTA muna hanggang sa namulat na ako sa mga mahahalagang isyu ng bayan at isa na nga doon ang peacetalks. Sa kabila napakabilis na akses ng kabataan sa multimedia, tila nahuhuli pa rin ang malaking seksyon ng kabataan sa kaalaman dito. Kaya subukan natin alamin sa artikulong ito ang mga kadalasang tanong ng karaniwang kabataan hinggil sa usapin ng peacetalks.

As The Bamboos Sway: Digong does a Pontio Pilato big time

My sister-in-law, Salud, recently posted in Facebook: “‘Wala akong magagawa to stop China’ and ‘wala akong magagawa para kay Gina’ are two kinds of ‘wala’ by Duterte – although they rhyme. The former is a sin of omission, the latter is a sin of commission. Pun intended. Yan ang tatak Duterte.”

Bandillo: The October Revolution

The Russian October Revolution ranks among the determining seminal events of the 20th century. The victory of the Bolshevik Party and the establishment of the Soviet Union not only abolished capitalism in the largest country on earth, it also politically radicalized the working class throughout the world, inspiring the masses with the possibility of an alternative to the parasitic and moribund capitalism/imperialism.

Weekly Reflections: Roles mothers play

Every second Sunday of May is designated as Mother’s Day. This is one of the many beautiful traditions we inherited from our American Protestant Christianity.

As The Bamboos Sway: On the Philippine Peace Talks, foreign domination and Gina Lopez

In the push for wanting to achieve peace in the Philippines through the ongoing revived peace talks between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government Republic of the Philippines (GRP), Filipino immigrants and Filipino-Americans trooped to the Philippine Consulate on Los Angeles, California last April 28, 2017.

Bandillo: Maverick Gina

Gina Lopez, interim secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DENR). In so short a time, she proved to be not just an ordinary secretary – she is a rebel, non-conformist and a maverick.

Crossroads: Na-ano lang

Downright wrong! Kahit saang anggulo mo tingnan, mali. Maling-mali! Lalo pa at sinabi pang joke lang yon. Hindi biro ang magpalaki ng anak na mag-isa. Hindi biro ang mag-aruga ng anak na mag-isa. Hindi biro kailanman.

Weekly Reflections: The Prosperity Gospel

Dr. Benjamin L. Corey wrote recently an article stating categorically that the so-called “Prosperity Gospel” is a non-Christian religion. The Prosperity Gospel is a modern brand of Christianity claiming that a good and faithful Christian results in good health, a long life, having an abundance of possessions, and material wealth. This is sometimes called “Success Gospel.”

Bandillo: Surface Jonas Burgos!

April 28, marks the 10th year since the abduction of activist Jonas Burgos in 2004. In broad daylight, in a busy Hapag Kainan restaurant inside Ever Gotesco mall along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, he was reportedly taken by a group of armed men then taken to a maroon Toyota Revo (later traced to the 56th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army) waiting in the parking lot.