There is a progessives’ call for all freedom loving Filipinos to build a broad alliance against tyranny, or the “increasing fascist and militarist rule “of the present government”.
For decades now the national democratic (ND) movement in Mindanao doggedly pursued the campaign against development aggression and with the Lumads explained and raised with government that they do not want the government version of foreign investments, and brazen economic and military invasions into their ancestral domains with the sole purpose of taking away — by hook or by crook – their common resources and private homes and their communities.
Benedict Pecdasen Solang, a member and recently chosen to chair the Board of Trustees of Northern Media Information Network (NMIN), passed away early evening of January 26 after delivering a message on the Cordillera in the book launch of a friend held in Manila. BS as he is fondly called by his colleagues and friends, shall be sorely missed especially because above all he had to do as a grandfather, a brother, a caregiver, a father and a husband, he has been persevering and very patient working and studying with us to make sure we deliver your newspaper with factual relevant content, the best possible way. He is missed and remembered every minute while we worked on this issue.
Chacha, suggests lively dance music and fun but on the news jargon or in Philippine politics it means Charter change (Cha-cha) which is again raised by the current regime, as it was by almost every regime before it, and its House of Representatives (HOR) like it is a new and the best proposal to lift the widespread poverty in the Philippines. It is even being passed as the ‘same’ proposal for the change to a federal form of government or the quickest way to achieve regional autonomy.
The year 2017 ends today on a roller coaster of seemingly karmic events. The Davao mall inferno and a major vehicular accident in La Union with huge casualties followed the disastrous typhoons Urduja and Vinta with epic effects respectively in Biliran and in Lanao. The human life disastrous war on drugs has further divided the nation. And instability within government is marked by endless corruption charges now even involving the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year! This is the most common greetings at this time of the year, the most anticipated among all the Christian holidays. It is characterized with bright colorful lights, merry making and gift giving. But more than these, it is more of a promise of redemption and peace. As the Bible says, God sent his only son to save his people and give them life everlasting.
In the minds of the people who have known Sherwin as a person, his recent arrest on charges of rebellion, based on four alleged instances of crimes supposedly involving him is simply thrown out, dismissed, or condemned as lies or malicious fabrications. What was dealt him is easily construed as it is factual – the curtailment of the freedom of expression, the denial of his Bill of Rights not only for him as a writer but for other journalists, for activists and for all Filipino citizens especially in Northern Luzon.
Today, December 10, is the International Human Rights Day (IHRD). This is the day that the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 1948 adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ever since has been commemorated annually by countries the world over.
President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s termination of the Peace Talks denies the people’s aspiration for peace.