Thursday, December 12, 2019


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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).

A theology of children

“…whoever welcomes in my name one such child as this, welcomes me” - Matthew 18:5

An open letter to the wife, family, and friends of Brandon Lee

AFP has the strongest motive. Years before the incident, Brandon and his colleagues were already in danger from frequent threats of the AFP. Threats directed against indigenous people's rights defenders that continue their advocacy for the rights of the people of Ifugao.

Celebrating Baguio’s 110th Charter Day Anniversary

By RUDY D. LIPORADA In spite of Baguio City now tagged to be in ‘urban decay,’ former residents of the City celebrated her 110th Charter...

A theology of miracles

“You ask me for a miracle?  No!  The only miracle you will be given is the miracle of Jonah”- Matthew 16:4

Duterte and Bato’s downfall are already set in ‘bato’

If Digong, Bato, and their cohorts want peace and the students to be disciplined, all they have to do is learn from the downfall of Diem. Easier that done and out of their character, Digong, with his henchmen, should fulfill his campaign promises: eradicate corruption, institute land reform, industrialize the nation, shoo foreign domination, stop the drug lords, remove contractualization or ENDO, protect the environment.

A theology of heroism and martyrdom

“The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy.  I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness.” - John 10:10

A second interlude with Queen Mary

Arriving in the late afternoon, I felt immediately the ship’s immensity. The rays of the sinking sun, spread over the port side of the ship, forebode, to me, stories of antiquity, of historical significance. As we traversed the lobby to register, the question rattled in my mind: Why is the Queen Mary, presumably British in origin, in Long Beach?

A theology of capital punishment

“Go, but do not sin again.” -  John 8:11b

A theology of God’s kingdom

“May your kingdom come; may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  - Matthew 6:10

Pacquiao’s killer instinct killed

Not only was the renowned boxer ridiculous in the presentation of his stand on pushing for the death penalty revival in the Philippines last August 6. He was also not equipped with the statistical data to support his stand. More ludicrous was his use of fallacious reasons to bolster his stand.




Church workers, farmers unite vs state attacks on HR day

Church and farmers organization led the educational discussion and protest action to commemorate the 71st Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Ilocos.


DPWH not part of planning for RTF-ELCAC road projects

The Cordillera regional office of the DPWH said they were not part of the planning for the road projects that the anti-insurgency task force is insisting on them to implement.


Groups demand accountability for rights violations in Cagayan Valley

Members of progressive groups in Cagayan Valley called for government accountability for its neglect of basic services and widespread rights violations on December 10, International Human Rights Day.