On November 30, progressive youth organizations, student councils, and student publications under the College Editors’ Guild of Philippines gathered in the Metro-Baguio Youth Assembly to commemorate Andres Bonifacio and his heroic deeds.
Our Australian partners in mission recently issued a statement condemning the brutal killing of Fr. Marcelito “Tito” Paez on December 4, 2017, holding President Duterte responsible for the human rights violations in our country. Fr. Paez is the first Roman Catholic priest killed under President Duterte. He was the coordinator of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) in Central Luzon at the time of his death. His pastoral duties were carried out alongside his abiding commitment to social justice and human rights.
So the rally to support Duterte’s call for the establishment of a revolutionary government has fizzled out despite the huge resources spent by the government and its counterpart organisers. Save perhaps for Davao City that gathered an estimated 20,000 (far cry from Digong’s miting de avance of 200,000), there was no display of spontaneous support nationwide as projected
Corn production is one of the main livelihoods of Ifugao Farmers. Due to poor government irrigation services, unirrigated and idle lands are turned into corn production farms since it doesn’t need much water to maintain. However, a farmer must invest in high prices of farm inputs such as hybrid or GMO seeds, weedicides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers.
I can’t help but to compare how former University of Northern Philippines (UNP) Vice President and Campus Security Director Jimmy Soria relate with progressive youth groups with how the current Director, Nolito Ragunjan, relates with these groups.
On November 29, we celebrate the International Women Human Rights Defenders’ Day (IWHRD). This is an international campaign started in 2004, celebrated for the recognition and protection of women human rights defenders who are activists advocating human rights for all people.
November 30 is Bonifacio Day. It is a day to remember a man who offered his life in the pursuit of genuine freedom for our country and people. This man is no other than Andres Bonifacio, the Great Plebian, who was unfortunately betrayed by his own fellow Filipinos in the course of a shameful struggle for leadership in the revolutionary movement against the Spanish colonizers. Historians are saying that he was the first Asian to rise up against the tyranny of Western colonization.
Since last week, I had been mulling on how to write about the Kabataang Makabayan (KM) which celebrates its 53rd founding anniversary this November 30. Everything positive about it from the progressives’ point of view and the negatives from those against the organization appeared to have been written in varying tones. My article gelled in my mind this morning at church when our stake president harped on Matthew 22:36-40. As he went on with the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke10:25-37, my mind flew to former KM member, Jennifer “Jingjing” Cariño, who died in the mountains for her revolutionary beliefs; and to Pope Francis who said, “If anything, it is the communists who think like Christians.”
Now it can be told. Since August, GRP and NDFP Panel members, have been holding informal back-channel meetings to salvage the stalled peace talks. No media releases. No fanfare.
Iti napalabas a dua nga aldaw idi Lunes ken Martes, nakiatendarak iti Summit dagiti Mangngalap ti Region 1. Adu dagiti arungaingda. Adu dagiti kaya da nga idatag kadagiti otoridad tapno lumung-awda met koma iti kinakurapay.
So the regional director of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in the Cordillera has inhibited himself from an official function of issuing the certificate of affirmation to the selected Baguio Indigenous People’s Mandatory Representative to the City Council.
Dagiti nainsigudan nga umili iti intero a pagilian agraman ti Igorot, Lumad ken dadduma pay a naggapu iti nadumaduma nga organisasyon ti umili kas ti Cordillera Peoples Alliance(CPA), PIGSA Katribu, Anakbayan ken Kalumaran ket nakipaset iti dakkel a protesta a lumablaban iti imperyalista nga US-Duterte idi Nobyembre 9-14, 2017 idiay Manila.