All throughout, watching the movie Star Wars, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, I could not help but relate metaphors to the Philippine unfinished resistance started by Andres Bonifacio and his Katipuneros in 1896 against foreign First Order dominations.
Duterte in his audaciously humbug stance, delivered double whammy blows against the peace process. Proclamation No. 360 terminates the peace process between the government and the CPP-NPA-NDF and Proclamation 370 declares the revolutionary belligerent forces as identified terrorist organization under Republic Act No. 10168 or the Act Defining the Crime of Financing Terrorism.
The season to be jolly, it is not. That would be what Yoda would say for the Philippines today. With the maneuvering of security laws and manipulation of tax directives and most of all the deprivation of socio – economic support for the greater majority of the Filipino majority. Majority means something like 80% majority.
The story of Jesus’ birth recorded in Matthew 1:18-25 is one of the most controversial texts in the Scriptures. But I do not intend to deal with its controversial aspects and much more its mystical elements. What I would like to stress in the writer’s assertion that Jesus’ birth and the things that happened surrounding his birth and growing years have something to do with his becoming the savior of his people.
Instead of being in line to be as great as Ho-Chi-Minh, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, or Kim Il-Sung; who were and are maligned by the imperialists but who truly served and are loved by their constituents; President Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte has fizzled to a childish fentanyl addict degenerate that transformed him into a swindling murdering dictator.
There have been numerous acts of burning lately.
I participated in numerous fact-finding missions to many communities of Northern Luzon that were attacked in military operations that disregarded the lives of the community people. Restricting people in hamlets, encamping in their residences and schools, harassment and sowing terror among the people were the cases that we would document each time. Red-tagging, illegal arrests and fake or forcible surrender would also follow.
Ina Dolores, at age 76, has proven that age need not be a limit to becoming a woman human rights defender. She has proven that an Igorot woman of Hungduan Ifugao, a mother, a grandmother can have the courage to fight against state oppression not just for the benefit of her own children but for others as well.
Of all the Gospel writers, Luke is apparently the most down-to-earth in terms of describing the events and narrating the whole story of Jesus’ birth (cf. Luke 2:1-21). It begins with the journey of a poor couple, Mary and Joseph, who, according to the Biblical records, were not officially married at that time. They were on their way to Bethlehem from their own hometown of Nazareth to fulfill an imperial decree that all people should register not for election purposes (election at that time were not necessary), but for taxation purposes.
Dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos pales in comparison to President Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte as recruiter for the New People’s Army (NPA).
“Bad signs of the times when a priest and a pastor are killed one after the other,” posted Coni Ledesma, Member NDF Peace Panel, on her FB account December 5.
On this issue, we accommodate Sherry Mae Soledad’s article, a first person account of the widespread reality under the 16 month old dispensation of the present president of the Philippines.