Duterte should reconsider ICC strategy

“He must change course if he is to have a chance of averting arrest.” In this column, part of a series on ICC Prosecutor Ms. Fatou Bensouda’s Request for authorization filed before the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the situation in the Philippines between 1 November 2011 and 16 March 2019 in connection with …

To Build Better, we need Inclusive Capitalism

Co-written with Jayvy Gamboa. ‘Is inclusive capitalism not the same as vicious capitalism, now only couched in a more PR-friendly way?’ Trusted. Fair. Responsible. Dynamic. Sustainable. This is how the Council for Inclusive Capitalism with the Vatican envisions a reimagined capitalist economic system for the world. Launched in December 2020, the Council, under the moral …

The Imminent Attack on Lumad Bakwit Schools

Co-written with Meggie Nolasco ‘[T]here are threats that the Cebu raid will be replicated in Diliman and in Davao. It would be foolish for the NTF-ELCAC to proceed with this plan.’ In a few weeks, the Lumad bakwit school hosted by the University of the Philippines (UP) will hold its graduation and moving up ceremony. …

Ang mga eskwelahan sa Lumad ug ang katungod sa edukasyon

Isinulat ni Tony La Viña at Meggie Nolasco. Isinalin sa Bisaya ni Dinah Faye Balleco Original Article (Philippine Daily Inquirer); Kadtong ika-26 sa Mayo, ang committee on human rights sa House of Representatives nagdumala ug hearing sa nahitabo nga raid sa bakwit na eskwelahan sa Cebu kadtong ika-15 sa Pebrero. Sa ilalom sa panguna ni …

Extrajudicial Killings as official policy

“Here is the unassailable conclusion.” In the Request for Judicial Investigation filed before the International Criminal Court on the situation in the Philippines in the context of the Duterte Administration’s war on drugs campaign (WoD), Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda gives an exhaustive narration of the factual and jurisdictional bases to justify the grant of such Request. …

The joy of conforming to the will of God

“Why is loving God a source of contentment and happiness?” Last week, I examined the writings of St. Alphonsus Ligouri on the importance of the virtue of living in conformity with the will of God. To the holy man, living according to one’s will and not of God’s is the same as idolatry, since in …

Praising God for our Suffering

“To those who love God, all things work unto good.” This is the last of my series of columns on the will of God, my attempt to try to make sense of the sickness and death around us. I wrote these reflections during a difficult time for my hometown, Cagayan de Oro, Davao City, and …

The Will of God

“Faith gives us all the courage to embrace our grief and continue to love.” In times of extreme adversity and calamity, such as during this pandemic, many of us are asking these questions: Why do bad things happen to good people? If God is loving and compassionate, then why would that all powerful Being allow …

What the Philippines can contribute to win against Climate Change

“We must not contribute to our own destruction.” I have written many times that the global climate emergency is upon us. We are already experiencing its impact and it will only get worse. But are we helpless against climate change? Are the worst scenarios inevitable? Should we just give up and do what we can …

Not a good time for Charter Change

“The administration, given its track record for the past five years, has lost any credibility to push for something as drastic as charter change.” Once again, the House of Representatives has voted in plenary session to amend the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution. In essence, the amendments will add the phrase “as provided by …