Crisis of Faith During a Pandemic

“How can a merciful and loving God exist when there is so much evil and suffering around?” Most of us are familiar with the story of the apostle Thomas also called Didymus who doubted the accounts of the other disciples about their encounter with the Risen Lord. The story, which is the Gospel tomorrow, the …

Good Friday and Easter Sunday

“We need a God that gives us hope even in times of defeat.” One can only wonder if there is reason for us to celebrate Easter in a world that is more like a Good Friday. Gripped with fear and uncertainties, we ask what lesson this blessed feast could have in these tragic days. Apparently, …

Kapag ang Utos ng Hukom ay naging Warrant upang Pumatay

Isinulat ni Tony La Viña; Isinalin sa Filipino ni Jayvy Gamboa Original Article (Rappler); Bisaya Translation Bilang isang abogado at isang tagapagsulong ng karapatang pantao, doble ang pagluluksa ko sa Bloody Sunday, ang pagpatay sa siyam na aktibistang pangkarapatang pantao at manggagawa sa Calabarzon ng mga pulis na nagpapatupad ng search warrant para diumano sa …

Kung ang mga Judicial Orders nahimong death warrants

Isinulat ni Tony La Viña; Isinalin sa Bisaya ni Dinah Faye Balleco Original Article (Rappler); Tagalog Translation Gasulti isip usa ka human rights advcocate, naguol gayod ako sa nahitabo sa Bloody Sunday, ang pagmasaker sa nwebe ka human rights nga mga aktibista ug mga trabahante sa rehiyon sa Calabarzon nga gihimo sa mga pulis gamit …

Paschal Triduum in the Pandemic

“It is only when we allow our Savior to accompany us in this difficult journey that the cross becomes life-giving and not an instrument of suffering and death.” The raging global pandemic is causing a very heavy toll on the well-being of billions worldwide. The pandemic is not only making people sick but is also …

Entering Jerusalem as the Pandemic Worsens

“When will this suffering end? Where is this heading? Is there hope?” The sudden serious surge of COVID-19 infections has caught us all unaware. Most of us can hardly wrap our minds around the record-setting numbers of new infections the country is now facing. It is a punch in the gut considering that we have …

Standing with Bishops Pabillo and David

Co-authored with Christian Laluna ‘All [the Church] asks for is the ability to worship within reasonable boundaries and restrictions, for the sake of those who need a light when the darkness descends’ One would think that, by Christian standards, Manila Archdiocese Bishop Broderick Pabillo’s riposte to the Inter-Agency Task Force’s (IATF) ban on religious congregational …

Why I support 1Sambayan

‘[A] unity platform must be adopted. It is not enough to criticize the failings of the Duterte government – even if they are many and serious.’ There are five reasons why I support 1Sambayan, the coalition of democratic forces launched last week in Makati City. I also have four suggestions for the coalition so it …

Fidel V. Ramos and Red-Tagging

“It makes sense that the one who would want peace the most for the country is the soldier who became our greatest president.” Last March 18, Fidel V. Ramos (FVR as he is affectionately called), former president of the Philippines, turned 93 years old. According to a story in this newspaper, he celebrated this milestone …

Sa Pagdepensa sa mga Isog nga mga Abogado

Isinulat ni Tony La Viña; Isinalin sa Bisaya ni Dinah Faye Balleco Original Article (Rappler); Tagalog Translation Ang National Union of People’s Lawyers, o ang NUPL, nabuhat kadtong 2007 ug ginabuo sa mga human rights lawyers, mga estudyante sa pagka-abogado, paralegals, legal workers, gikan sa lain-lain nga parte sa nasud, nga giusa sa paghandom nga depensahan, …