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AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | Red scare vis-à-vis red tagging

Whether it is red scare or red tagging in the Philippines, they mean be afraid of communists. However, one of them is scarier for one who is being tagged. While to be scared means just that, be scared; to be tagged could virtually mean be sentenced to death not only as being red but also being a terrorist defined out of context of a real terrorist.


“If one of you wants to be great, you must be the servant of the rest; and if one of you wants to be first, you must be the slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served; he came to serve and to give his life to redeem many people.” – Mark 10:43-45

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | A grieving episode

On a bunk in a boat bound for Romblon, I woke up sobbing. At first, I didn’t really know why. When I closed my eyes again, the face of my late only brother, Ces, floated in my mind. He was smiling.

WEEKLY REFLECTION | Romantic love is part of God’s concern

“Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.” – I Corinthians 13:4-7

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | The Betan Paddle

Established in the late 1960s, recruitment of new Betans stopped years shortly after deposed President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in September 1972. It is hoped that the Beta Gamma Phi will reestablish itself with the new members, the scholars, carrying on with the fire.

WEEKLY REFLECTIONS | Jesus’ ethics of love

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your friends; hate your enemies.’ But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” – Matthew 5:43-44

ALL THAT FITS | Justice for Randy Felix Malayao

Last night under the biting chill and purple sky, we joined the condemnation of Randy’s extrajudicial killing at UP Baguio, part of the nationwide action in the different UP units. Young activists, fraternity brothers, fellow writers in the Northern Dispatch and some fellow alumni from CEGP and UP. We are mourning now. We express our deepest condolences to Randy’s family and kin and the communities he served.

AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY | Joma Sison can do the Cha-Cha

Joma could have opted to live a ‘normal’ life after being released from prison when Ferdinand E. Marcos was toppled from his dictatorship. Joma chose to continue hitting the status quo and was invited to lecture in other countries until his Philippine passport was revoked and he had, not really to his liking, to seek asylum in the Netherlands. He had been invited to return home several times by past administrations and President Rodrigo Duterte but CPP comrades had advised for him not to come due to strongly assumed danger to his life.

MAKAN A LA PINOY | Zucchini-mangga-letsugas ensalada

Ti zucchini (American) wenno courgette (British) wenno summer squash ket maysa a klase ti karabasa a mabalin a dumanon iti maysa a metro iti kaatiddogna no matangkenan. Ngem kadawyan a maburasen no naganus pay a kasla kadakkel ti pipino.