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Pagpapalalim sa Pagtutol sa Tiranya

“Ang desperadong hakbangin ng administrasyon ni Duterte ay patunay na sila ay nangangamba sa mga taong marunong magsalita at lumaban. Nasa tamang katuwiran ang pagsalungat at paglaban lalo na kapag ang gobyerno ay hindi na kumakatawan sa interes ng mamamayang kanyang dapat pagsilbihan.”

Aladdin, Jafar, Duterte and Freedom

“Aladdin, to me, became the face of all street rats in the Philippines who now endure the sufferings of the unfulfilled promises of Digong during his presidential campaign. Unable to thwart corruption with his minions at the helm, he has buried the Filipinos underneath trillions of pesos in debt without significant structures for progress.”

A meeting with Mona Pasquil Rogers

Naming more of her accomplishments, Rogers emphasized that she roots her journey from her parents and manongs and manangs mentoring on Filipino values as weaved into the mainstream American mix. “We should never forget where we came from and be proud of our heritage.”

October, Indigenous Peoples’ Month

In Baguio, that historical injustice committed particularly against an Igorot was heard and condemned by the US Supreme Court some 110 years ago. Check out the Doctrine of Native Title, a Supreme Court decision that has yet to see execution.

Rip Van Winkle and Filipinos’ Epochs

Most Filipinos are asleep just letting those in the government enrich themselves, never in the service of the Filipinos but just for themselves. And the last three years and ongoing, Filipinos are asleep to the prevailing situation under President Rodrigo Duterte’s regime.

Trolls and Duterte’s Promise of bringing OFWs Home

With the GDP of the Philippines steadily plummeting but the remittances increasing every year, one wonders who else the OFWs are providing for. One has to wonder how Digong could afford a jet that is worth billions – without any visible improvement in income generating industries in the Philippines.

Englishized Dal-lit Moments

In this issue, I’ll try Dal-lit
Ilocano kind of writing,
four lines, each with eight syllables
to convey matters worth saying.

Wordsmithing as a Hobby and Lending a Voice

I don’t really recall when exactly my embryonic tendency to write started to develop. I just know that I believe I was in Grade III, when a teacher named Miss Lasquite praised my opening lines for an essay we had to write on How I spent my Summer Vacation. While most of my classmates started with different shades of ‘Last Summer…,’ mine was ‘The sand was burning under my feet but the lapping waves mercifully drenched them for comfort…’ This lady teacher did not know how that praise still reverberates in my mind till today.

Shades of Martial Law’s naked truth

The Marcoses were never tired or lazy and have always defended themselves. They also, unfortunately, still have a considerable following, and, with the fortune, they still have not returned to the coffers, still are able to oil political machinery that could corrupt officials to make decisions favorable for their whims and caprices.

Repinking my toes and snuffing smoking

Then two months ago, I woke up with an inch-long open wound on the top side of my right foot. I don’t remember having bumped on anything and the tongue of my shoe did not show any sharpness that could cause any abrasions. The wound was just there, gaping at me. When I showed it to my wife, she tried to be calm, but I could feel the horror she was having. I got scared.

The Tortoise, Hare and Monkey – A Tot’s version

Most of us are familiar with the stories of The Hare and the Tortoise; and The Monkey, Turtle and the Banana Tree. From each, in their simplicity, we draw lessons against laziness and its consequences, of being slow but deliberate and its rewards, and being critical in making decisions where the obvious is not always the correct way to go (where ‘Tuso man daw ang matsing, napaglalangan din’ – A monkey maybe shrewd but could also be outsmarted).