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Bandillo: Makabayan 7

“Kinsa ang imong giboto sa katapusan nga eleksyon sa presidente (Whom did you vote in the last presidential election?)” I asked some Lumad youth who are staying at the Sandugo Kampuhan since August.

From Under This Hat: Unities must be respected

“Unjon” literally translated from the English word “union” was chosen to name an organization of Baguio-Benguet natives. Their convening elder then emphasized the importance of standing united or of being united as a people, “no one should be quarreling (angry arguing)” she said, “ayshi e menbakbakhal (pangkep ni bohday, ni pilak et nu ngaran e panbakbakhalenjo…)”.

Women’s Front: Defend the rights of the people, women and children

“If we stop defending our rights because of fear from the harassments and intimidation being perpetrated by state security forces upon us then we might as well be dead.” This was a statement by one of the women leaders who attended the Women Human Rights Defenders training workshop for Cordillera women held on September 9 to 10 in Diliman, Quezon City.

Weekly Reflections: Mary and human liberation

September 8 is celebrated by the Roman Catholic world as the birthday of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Mary’s birthday is not mentioned in the Bible, but nevertheless this is part of the Roman Catholic traditions. Obviously, different religious traditions have varied perceptions about Mary.

As The Bamboos Sway: Change not possible within government

If there is anything positive about President Rodrigo Duterte’s regime, it is that it is the most glaring proof that change emanating from within the government is not possible. It should now be more apparent that those who advocate for the complete overhaul of the system had been correct all through the past years of their struggle.

Weekly Reflections: Christian faith & white supremacy

(Following is an excerpt from the theological declaration on Christian faith and white supremacy prepared and signed by a diverse group of theologians, activists and ministers in the US in response to recent developments, like what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, wherein the city council decided to remove the Robert E. Lee memorial that ignited a scourge of white supremacy, terrorism, and nationalism that resulted in the violent death of Heather Heyer, and 33 other people were beaten and injured. I would like to share this declaration because I sense that there is also a similar discrimination in our society in terms of ideology, political affiliation, social class, gender, and ethnicity).

From Under This Hat: National minorities indignation march to the Capital

On the news, aside from the bickerings in the senate, is the contingent of marching indigenous peoples groups from southern and northern Philippines who have arrived and converged in the National Capital Region (NCR). It is the third of the yearly long march staged by organized national minority groups in the country to observe the month and International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

Weekly Reflections: Shout that brought walls down

A distinguish Chinese theologian, C.S. Song, has written a very fascinating booklet entitled, “The Tears of Lady Meng.” It is an attempt to formulate a people’s political theology using a folktale. The story of Lady Meng is one of the so many folktales about the Great Wall of China.

Bandillo: Rukuas!

Rukuas! (Rise!) This is Cagayan Valley’s rallying call in this year’s Lakbayan of national minorities that shall converge in the national capital at the onset of September to highlight the situation, issues and struggles of national minorities throughout the country. Rise is also a national battlecry.

Youthspeak: No more Kians, stop the killings

He missed school the next morning. He was given a failing grade. No special test. Not anymore. Kian Loyd Delos Santos, a 17-year-old Grade 11 student at the Our Lady of Lourdes College, dreaming of becoming a policeman, but instead was gunned down by the men whose shoes he may have one day filled.