It does not hurt to dream and look forward to the new year with high hopes but it does when we have to mourn the loss of a loved one or a friend. My late mother’s youngest sister, Rebecca or Ebek has decided to go last Friday evening, and it broke my heart because I knew very well I already missed her very much that angst may last a lifetime.
Cordillera Peoples Alliance strongly condemns the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its ploy to yet again inflict human rights violations among indigenous peoples (IPs) by planning to tap IPs versus the New Peoples Army (NPA), as stated in a news article published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on December 19, 2017. The article specifically mentions that “300 lumad or IPs would be sent to their communities in Southern Mindanao to guard their ancestral domains from communist insurgents”. This move will only heighten the fascist attacks to the people, indigenous peoples especially. There is already a nationwide mass murder of indigenous peoples with the reign of terror of this US-Duterte regime, and the AFP is highly accountable.
Every December 31, our country commemorates the death anniversary of a Filipino martyr, Dr. Jose Rizal, who was mercilessly executed for courageously exposing and opposing with his pen the barbaric powers of the Spanish crown. His blood and those of other Filipino martyrs who came before and after him had nourished our struggles for genuine freedom and independence.
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.
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.
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.
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.