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By RANDY FELIX MALAYAO I have always yearned to see the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or North Korea. Not for …

Youthspeak: Ang Disaster bilang pulitikal na usapin

Mayaman na ang karanasan ng Pilipinas at mamamayang Pilipino pagdating sa usaping kalamidad, sakuna o disaster. Maraming ulit nang binayo ng napakalakas na bagyo, lindol, pagragasa ng baha, storm surge, at iba pang tipo ng trahedya at mga panganib na gawa mismo ng tao ang Pilipinas. Itinuring na nga natin itong bahagi ng pang-araw-araw na buhay. Ngunit sa kabila nito, nananatiling hindi handa ang mga mamamayan. Palaging may banta ng panganib at kaswalti sa bawat trahedyang nangyayari. Ang gubyerno na may tungkuling pamunuan ang paghahanda at pagtugon ay nananatiling nagkukulang sa kapasidad na kumilos upang tumugon sa mga sakuna. Madalas pa ngang nagiging inutil ang ito sa mismong panahon ng pagtama ng trahedya.

Weekly Reflections: Martial law as a Theological issue

On September 21, 1972, then Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos declared martial law in our country in the guise “to save the republic and reform society.” However, what happened in more than a decade of Marcos Rule was the very opposite of what the regime had claimed to do. Our country was plunged into long dark nights of fascist rule, where crying and weeping of widows and orphans were heard all over the land amidst the sarcastic laughter and merriment of the powers-that-be, feasting lavishly on the riches and beauty of our motherland.

As The Bamboos Sway: BBM and the rebels Corpuz, Honasan

Should former New People’s Army rebel Victor Corpuz and EDSA poster rebel Gringo Honasan be concerned if, by any political magic maneuvering, the Political Electoral Tribunal (PET) backslides to declare Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. the duly elected vice-president in the 2016 Philippine elections, where if President Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte resigns or dies, Bongbong becomes president? If not through the PET but through the use of a massive campaign chest and battalions of trolls, Bongbong runs for the presidency and wins in 2022, should the former rebels still be concerned? That is if President Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte succeeds in silencing his fiercest critic, Senator Antonio ‘Sonny’ Trillanes IV.

Weekly Reflections: Bishop Juan A. Marigza, a good pastor and a true prophet of God

Many of his children in the faith would fondly call him “Papa Bishop”, but I would like to remember him as a good pastor and a true prophet of God. The entire ecumenical world is deeply mourning the passing on of Bishop Emeritus Juan A. Marigza last September 6, 2018 at the age of 89. He had been in the Christian ministry for the past 61 years! But it is not just the long years he had been in the ministry that matters, but the kind of life that he lived to the full as a faithful servant of God.

Youthspeak: Move on? Mga buhay na karansan ng Martial Law (2/3)

Ayon sa kaniya, kaya marahil naahita ang mga sundalo ay dulot ng malakihang pagprotesta ng mga taga-San Antonio at Santa Isabel laban sa mga panginoong maylupa. Noong 1976, malala na ang mga pangangamkam ng lupa sa lugar. Ang mga tagaroon ay binabantaang umalis, sinisingil ng matataas na upa sa lupa at mababa ang pasahod sa mga manggagawang bukid. Gamit ang mga sundalo, nananakot ang mga hasyendero sa mga magsasaka na sila ay papaslangin at ikukulong kung ayaw magbayad o ibigay ang lupain nila.

All That Fits: Narratives of encouragement and hope

What keeps you going? I think this was among the constant questions asked from on Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders (IPHRD) Network to another during Defending the Defenders: New Alliances for Protecting Indigenous Peoples Rights that happened this week here in Copenhagen. Congratulations to our friends at the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) for successfully organising and hosting the affair, the timing was never better.

As The Bamboos Sway: Putang-Burgis

Wow! I am able to use the word ‘puta’ without hesitation as I write this column, courtesy of President Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte who has culturized the Filipino language to have the word acceptable in speeches. Deng! Those who believe in him or his captive audiences even applaud him whenever he utters the word. If they could, at every opportune time, they would even give him a standing ovulation or a standing ejaculation.

Choiced Cuts: Where to with alternative medicine

A medical center practicing alternative medicine was enacted with a closure order by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), on the premise of prescribing and selling concoctions/medicines that are not FDA approved. The said concoctions are in the market since the early 1980’s and it has run into three generations of development, Bostons A thru C. Its efficacy is claimed to come from the coconut oil which is the primary base of the concoction. Acetic Acid as claimed acts as a detoxifying agent and teaches the immune system to battle cancer cells. From their website, they published an article from St. Luke’s Medical Center attesting its therapeutic claims in vitro. Laboratory outcomes are yet to be corroborated by in vivo or live subject studies or research, lest the testimonies of course are from their social media page and website.