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Youthspeak: Who is the terrorist here?

Terrorism is now being used to justify foreign-sponsored ‘liberation’ movements in some war-ravaged middle east countries, to rationalize the building of military bases of a powerful country in the territories of its ‘friends’ and ‘allies’, and to vilify political opponents and democratic movements. It helped the spread of Islamophobia across many countries, feed much war-profits into the US military intelligence complex, and assisted the stay of US influence in the Philippines and other resource-rich countries.

Weekly Reflections: Threefold message of the risen Christ (1/3)

Jesus Christ our Lord is alive! Jesus was raised from death! This is what the Bible says. This is what the Apostle’s Creed says. This is what we usually sing on Easter Sunday: “Hallelujah! The Lord God Omnipotent reigneth… The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever.” This is what we Christians believe.

As The Bamboos Sway: Resurrection and Macliing’s spirit

All throughout the sessions at our Church last Easter Sunday, my mind was preoccupied not only with the mystery of the Christ’s resurrection but also with the forthcoming Cordillera Day celebrating the heroism of Dulag Macliing who was assassinated on April 24, 1980 by Marcos troops because of his leading the opposition against the construction of the Chico River Dam project.

Bandillo: Overcome the preconditions

The Hague Joint Declaration is a framework agreement which requires that no side shall impose on the other side preconditions that negate the character and purpose of peace negotiations.

Ilocandia Rumblings: Daranudor ti Ilocandia

Literary should be about the human condition. A mirror of society. Do not just talk about your pains and sadness, you should extend this to the pains and sadness of the people around you.

Women’s Front: Understanding discrimination and violence vs women (3/3)

Sadly, inspite of the fact that Philippines being a signatory to various UN declarations advancing women’s rights; where several laws have been passed to address the various forms of VAW (Anti-rape Law, Anti Sexual harassment Act, Anti VAWC Law) and the enactment of the Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710), said to be a landmark law that would supposedly address women’s multiple issues, these efforts have not really substantially resolved the unequal status of women vis-a-vis men in the Philippines. A lot is still wanting.

As The Bamboos Sway: When US Constitution ammendments clash

Reacting to a posted picture where a placard bore by one of the million student protestors in Washington D.C. questioning “Why is the NRA more powerful than congress, senate and our president,” my FB friend, Kalovski Itim, commented “You know why? Because it is one of the lobby group of the big military industrial complex promoting imperialist interventionist wars of destruction and plunder everywhere in the globe.”

Bandillo: We shall overcome

These are dangerous times. The atmosphere is intimidating. I have been included in the Depatment of Justice (DOJ) proscription list of alleged “terrorists.” Now, fellow peace advocates, rights defenders and progressive activists are arbitrarily tagged as “terrorists,” too.

Women’s Front: Understanding discrimination and violence vs women (2/3)

This historical process resulted in the creation of the image of the double faced Filipina — on one side, the meek, weak and subservient woman personified by Maria Clara and on the other side the prostitute and temptress embodied by Magdalena. On one hand, is the women sheltered inside the home whose role is to serve the husband and bring about children who would later become his heirs and on the other hand the “liberated” woman illustrated as a sex symbol whose body can be used to sell products or bought with a hefty price more so if she can stimulate and excite the imagination of the male onlookers.

Youthspeak: Patuloy ang kalbaryo ng mamamayan

Ang Semana Santa ay araw ng paggunita ng mamamayan sa mga paghihirap ni Hesukristo. Si Hesus, bilang isang propeta at mensahero ng Mabuting Balita sa kanyang panahon, ay niyurakan, pinahirapan, at pinaslang ng Imperyo ng Roma. Ipinapasan sa kanya ang krus at ipinako rito bilang kapalit ng kanyang walang pag-iimbot na paglilingkod at pagliligtas sa sambayanan.

Weekly Reflections: Politics of Jesus’ death

Religious and political leaders alike had been advising everyone to refrain from engaging in any political activity during the Holy Week as if this celebration is purely religious and has nothing to do with politics. But the truth is that Jesus’ death on the cross is perhaps the most violent political death in human history.