“Tora, tora,” a term used and made popular from 2nd World War stories that translates to “Tiger, tiger” and is said to have been a Japanese miltary call code then for “attack”. World War II ended more than half a century ago but the term is still used by many Filipinos especially in the countryside where they are targets of airstrikes or airplane bomb attacks of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).
True to his request to be just called mayor during the early days after his election as the 16th president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte had the mentality of a mayor to which he had been used to for almost three decades in running the Government of the Philippines as the Island’s chief executive.
Today, March 16, 2017, 4 fighter jets of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) indiscriminately bombed Malibcong, Abra as part of the military combat operations of the 24th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army under the 7th Infantry Division otherwise known as the notorious “Palparan Division”. The bombs razed the forested part of Barangay Lat-ey in Bangilo and affected the uma or swidden farms, grazelands and rice fields of the Tingguians belonging to the Mabaka, Banao and Gubang tribes. Since this morning, around 14 huge explosions were reported by residents in the area.
In commemoration of the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Large Dams this March 14, Katribu Kalipunan ng Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KATRIBU) extends its warm greetings of solidarity to all communities, organizations, and advocates who are defending our rivers and water resources from destructive profiteering schemes and are struggling against all destructive projects attacking the people’s inherent right to water.
Our Biblical text for reflection is about the call of Moses at Mt. Horeb, the so-called mountain of God. Moses was keeping the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, when God appeared to him through a “burning bush”. And there he heard the voice of God calling him to do God’s mission among his fellow Israelites who were slaves in Egypt.
Unnumbered Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) on death row, thousands raped, tens of thousands fall victims of human trafficking, massive unpaid salaries, discriminated, thousands terminated, charged of crimes and incapable of defending themselves. These slave-like conditions continue 22 years after the execution of Flor Contemplacion and the passage of the Migrants Act of 1995.
Allow the land and environment to recover also. Allow the local economy to support its people better.
On March 8, the International Day for the Working Women, Filipino progressives celebrated the woman, the (equal) partner in the struggle (and in the victories) for the wider community (of family, friends, neighbors, men, children…) and on this day they also reiterated urgent attention and solutions that can be given to women’s issues.
The president’s rhetoric sounded like he observes no rules of war. He went on further to say “collateral damage, pasensya na lang.” International humanitarian laws govern the conduct of war among belligerents.
Tatak ng kasaysayan ng Marso 8 ang militanteng pagtindig ng kababaihan laban sa pagsasamantala. Iniluwal ito ng paglaban ng manggagawang kababaihan para sa karapatan sa walong (8) oras na trabaho, maayos na kalagayan sa paggawa, sapat na sahod at laban sa child labor.