A decade has indeed passed but the conditions that led to the Ampatuan massacre remain: political dynasties and patronage are still alive, paramilitary groups have not been dismantled, and the Ampatuans’ collusion with the administration — Arroyo then and Duterte now — still persists.
Paghimutad was formed after the Sagay 9 massacre in response to the growing human rights violations in the island. Despite the culture of fear in Negros, Paghimutad and its volunteer community journalists courageously filled the void of information, publishing audio-visual reports through social media.
May Day, today, we celebrate the progress hewn by the working class the world over, the collective lessons drawn from their history of struggle; and all those times these lessons remind us that the substantial gains of the working class; especially those in our midst who in their unity and progressive organizations win their battles for better working conditions and progress for the people of the nation and not for imperialism, not for a culture of greed and unconscionable private accumulation of wealth.
Baguio City is over developed as it had been locally and internationally pointed out by scientists especially immediately after the “killer earthquake”. Presently it needs a place to dispose its garbage, its sewage, its “overflowing migrant population”, it needs more water, more energy and power, more food, more market for its imported surplus, more land to sell, etc. Just everything more as a result of the fast creeping urbanization. But not at its neighbors’ expense(?)
It is high time that the media community come together and stand united to defend the right of the public to know, to information that especially may protect them from this economic crisis, and thieves misrepresenting themselves as government leaders. Defend your right to know and the freedom of speech, the freedom of assembly.
While most Filipinos, Christian or not, can agree and can unite on his urging that, “As we take part in this (Christmas) joyous occasion,” to “contemplate on the worth of the lessons that we can learn from the narrative of Christ’s birth...” there remains the question of whether the president understands the real meaning of “compassion, kindness, and reconciliation.”
By relationship, our country holds an ugly historical record in the Guinness Book of World Records for being where the Marcos regime is cited for committing the “Greatest Robbery of Government.”
Tomorrow is International Human Rights Day, that day 70 years ago, December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was originally ratified by 58 countries which included the Philippines.
How much lower can we allow lawbreakers and tyrants drag down what is left of our dignity as a Filipino? And a Nation?
Your newspaper continues to work for and hope that every journalist would grow and mature with the courage to pursue the Truth, to stand by the people’s individual and collective right to the Freedom of expression and information especially in these very trying times dominated by corruption, militarism and tyranny in government. Be among those Journalists who strive to ‘Serve The People.’
Concerned citizens also see the Sandigan Bayan’s recent ruling on the case vs. Madam Marcos, as described by Representative Antonio Tinio, “The decision is too little, too late, or that much of the massive ill-gotten wealth remains in the hands of the Marcoses. Nevertheless, a guilty verdict is a guilty verdict. . . . It gives us a taste of justice.