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Editorial: Free education is not a dream

The Philippines has since been under the worst economic and social conditions. It is under these dire conditions that education has become the “greatest gift” a parent can pass on to their children. A college diploma is seen as a “gate pass” to the dream of escaping poverty. For years, families endure all kinds of sacrifice to access the much-sought out education, as the family’s valued “investment”.

Bandillo: Terminated for the nth time

The president has declared anew that he could not deal with the revolutionary left citing the spate of tactical offensives and the alleged demand for coalition government.
Quoting the president, “I have terminated the talks with the Reds – Communist Party of the Philippines, with Sison because in the series of agreements before, even the time of Aquino, they entered into so many things that scattered the privileges and power which they wanted.” He said this during the launch of the “Pilipinas Angat Lahat Alliance” in Malacanang last Tuesday.

Choiced Cuts: Health and migration

“Sumugal po ako doc,” says Delfin (not his real name) in his early 40’s, father of three, an Overseas Filipino Worker in a US territory for more than 20 years. For three years now, Delfin would not sit down. Even if he wanted to, he just could not. All he could do was either stand or lie on his bed.

Weekly Reflections: Incarnational model of doing mission

August is designated as Mission Month. It is a time for us to reflect on the nature of the church as God’s mission in the world. In an age of fast developing globalized culture, native peoples’ way of life are threatened to be dominated and assimilated by the culture of the global community, particularly by those who control the instruments of culture, especially the mass media. Nowadays, the mass media is perhaps one of the strongest, if not the strongest instrument of cultural formation in our contemporary life. Religion used to be the strongest molder of cultural values in ancient times. But time has greatly changed.

Makan a la Pinoy: Kabkab

Saan a kas ti pampanunotenyo, daytoy a kabkab ket saramsam a sitsaron a balanghoy (cassava crackers) dagiti Leyteño. Sitsaritsit wenno saritsit ti awagda idiay Davao del Sur, kiping idiay Camiguin, Misamis; burikit iti Zamboanga del Sur ken piking iti Palawan.

All That Fits: Identity and resistance

August 9, 2018. So we are standing under the rain in the middle of Malcolm Square, Baguio City. My feet and knees are starting to ache from the cold (kasi saanak nga naglana iti kadadaras ko a rumuar idi agsapa—sign of aging, no doubt) and I underestimated the rainfall, thus I neglected to bring my rubber boots. I try to be still under my umbrella to prevent more exposure to the rain, but it is inevitable when I applaud the speakers. Speakers whose messages and songs made me forget the cold and rain for a while by the urgency of their messages.

Bandillo: Test of sincerity

GRP-NDFP Peace Talks have bogged down indefinitely. Duterte and his generals would rant ad infinitum that the left is not sincere in entering into a peace agreement with the regime, ergo, it must be scuttled.

Women’s Front: The embodiment of a frenzied Misogynist

MISOGYNY is defined by the Oxford dictionary as “dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women”. It is a word that aptly describes the persona of today’s president PRRD. President Duterte since his ascension to power never hid his hatred for women. Two years from the time he took over the presidency of this country, we are able to compile a number of his infamous statements, inexcusable behaviour and actions that undeniably characterizes him as a “bona fide” misogynist.

Weekly Reflections: Ate Henie: a servant of God and of the People

Many would call her Ate Henie, but she is more than an Ate to my wife Pearl and I; she is a mother to us in many ways than one. I was still a young seminary student at Union Theological Seminary (UTS) when I first met her. She was then serving as a Kindergarten Teacher in an early childhood school on campus.

All That Fits: No recourse but struggle for self-determination

What is the most precious thing to man? Life! If life is threatened, what ought a man do?Fight! This he must do, otherwise he is dishonored. That will be worse than death. If we do not fight and the dams push through, we die anyway. If we fight, we die honorably. Thus I exhort you all, kayaw (struggle)! –Macliing Dulag, Kalinga
37 years ago since the successful opposition of the Bontoc and Kalinga peoples to the World Bank-funded Chico Dams, this challenge penned in the words of Macliing Dulag, one of the many elders who led our people in asserting right to land and life, remains true, current, and inspirational as we join fellow indigenous peoples in celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on August 9. Indeed, the story of the Chico struggle is a timeless example of self-determining indigenous communities. It is remarkable how much this struggle is rather reknown to indigenous peoples and advocates in other countries. It should mean much more to us here in the Cordillera and in the Philippines.