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Bandillo: Leonardo Manahan, banwar ti umili

In honor of a beloved friend, faithful revolutionary, and genuine servant of the Filipino people, I am accommodating in Bandillo this week the tribute of the NDFP to Leonardo “Ka Zola” Manahan. We were together in the youth and students movement, and at one time or another, as peace consultant, I have been in coordination with him relative to advancing the GRP-NDFP peace process.

Weekly Reflections: Indigeous peoples and the new evangelization

I was invited onetime to give a lecture presentation on evangelization in an international consultation workshop held in Geneva, Switzerland. Before my presentation, five case studies on the relationship of popular religion and the Gospel were shared from the various contexts of indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Youthspeak: Vilifying peoples orgs in the ROTC

Part of the military training given to cadets of the Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is being abreast to concerns to national security, and in turn knowing the enemies of the state. The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its respective political and armed wing – the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) – is an established adversary of the government’s Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The two parties has been at war for 48 years and counting, with neither camp showing signs of defeat.

As The Bamboos Sway: Easter, Christ, Christians, and the Commie Pope

The current supreme head of the Catholics, Pope Francis had said “It has been said many times and my response has always been that, if anything, it is the communists who think like Christians. Christ spoke of a society where the poor, the weak and the marginalized have the right to decide. Not demagogues, not Barabbas, but the people, the poor, whether they have faith in a transcendent God or not. It is they who must help to achieve equality and freedom”.

Weekly Reflections: Spirituality for mission (5/5)

Finally, spirituality for mission will also require us to realize God’s abiding presence. When Moses said to God, “I am nobody, how can I go to the King of Egypt and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” God answered him saying, “I will be with you “. When Jesus Christ our Lord gave the Great Commission to his disciples, he also concluded saying, “I will be with you always to the end of the age” (Mt.28: 16-20).

Bandillo: Successful Noordwijk Talks

The Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) have successfully concluded the fourth round of talks on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Radisson Blu Palace Hotel in Noordwijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands.

Weekly Reflections: Spirituality for mission (4/5)

Furthermore, spirituality for mission will also require us to participate actively in God’s work to bring people out of a land of captivity into a land of promise. The LORD said to Moses, “I have come down to bring my people out of Egypt into a land flowing with milk and honey… I am sending you to the King of Egypt so that you can lead my people out of his country.”

As The Bamboos Sway: Martial Law is “useless”

In December 29, 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte said that he is not keen on declaring martial law, declaring it “useless”. “No need really. If everything is in shambles, kung tonelada tonelada na (in tons already), all you have to do is declare a state of lawlessness. What’s the use of Martial Law? For what?” he added. Furthermore, he said that he would only declare martial law in case of foreign invasion.

Bandillo: On the second CPP Congress

There is one great event worthy of people’s celebration – the convening of the historic 2nd Congress of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

From Under This Hat: Ibaloys put together a history of Baguio

The last time I saw the Baguio Historical Society in action was a bit more than a decade ago. I only have come to know the task they have taken on – to document and write a history of the people of Baguio today, and I am glad. An initial meeting was called to find out what has been done and it was heartwarming to see more Ibaloys interested in doing or helping in the research and writing work together (with emphasis added).