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An Afternoon with Zenaida Pawid and the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project

The fact that the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples is run by a commission composed of political appointees casts doubts to its independence from the influence of the appointing official or the one having the oversight. In the case of the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project, its decision to give the Certification Precondition despite the violations committed heightened the pre-existing misgivings to the impartiality of the office, especially on government-initiated projects.

WEEKLY REFLECTION | God of freedom

“I have seen how cruelly my people are being treated in Egypt; I have heard them cry out to be rescued from their slave drivers.  I know their sufferings, and so I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians and to bring them out of Egypt to a spacious land…” – Exodus 3:7-8

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | On activist awardee Joanna Cariño

Joanna Patricia K. Cariño, an Igorot activist, red-tagged as a terrorist by President Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte’s regime, is the first Filipino to be awarded the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights defense and democracy promotion from the Korean May 18 Memorial Foundation.

WEEKLY REFLECTIONS | Spirit of unity

“Do your best to preserve the unity which the Spirit gives by means of the peace that binds you together. There is one body and one Spirit, just as there is one hope to which God has called you.” – Ephesians 4:3-4

MAKAN A LA PINOY | Kontekstualisasion iti taraon

“No agsurat maipanggep iti taraon, saantayo nga agbuteng a ramanan ti aniaman a maidasar kadatayo (If you write about food, don’t be afraid to taste whatever food is before you),” kinuna ni Prof. Anna Christie Torres

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | Duterte’s ‘legacy’ for the revolutionaries

It would seem obvious but has to be emphasized and asked: Who could be able to control the surveys; the manipulation of PCOS machines; pay for TV ads, tarpaulins, and the like; and enforcers like the military? Only those with money or those sponsored by those with money can do that.

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | Smartmatic has spoken

In the end, the only legacy of the Smartmatic voice is to voice out the fact the current systems in the Philippines do not work for the sake of the majority of the Filipino people. As a friend has pointed out in her Facebook post: Who said that the elections will solve the woes of the Filipino people anyway.

WEEKLY REFLECTIONS | A theology of work

“You have six days in which to do your work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me…In six days I, the LORD made the earth, the sky, the seas, and everything in them, but on the seventh day I rested.” – Exodus 20:9-11