Pagdedepensa sa mga paaralang Lumad

Isinulat nina Tony La Viña at Vanessa Vergara. Isinalin sa Filipino ni Jayvy Gamboa. Original Article (Rappler); Bisaya Translation Noong ika-26 ng Mayo, nagsagawa ng pagdinig ang Committee on Human Rights ng House of Representatives ukol sa raid at mass arrest ng mga Lumad bakwit noong ika-15 ng Pebrero sa Talamban, Cebu. Sa kahabaan ng …

The Truth about the Lumad Schools

“There was no need for a rescue.” Wednesday, May 26, was a good day. Finally, the truth about the lumad schools came out – and what better place for that to happen but in the hallowed halls of Congress where the House of Representatives Committee on Human Rights conducted a hearing via Zoom on the …

Correcting the Injustices Against the Lumad Schools

Co-Authored with Vanessa Vergara ‘In light of all the issues plaguing the Lumad and Lumad schools, we have prepared the following recommendations for the consideration of the House of Representatives and other government agencies’ The following is Part 2 of a two-part series. You may read Part 1 here. The February 15 incident is just one among …

In Defense of the Lumad Schools

Co-Authored with Vanessa Vergara ‘[Students of Lumad schools] are taught to be intelligent, independent, peace-loving, and productive members of society’ The following piece is Part 1 of a two-part series. You may read Part 2 here. On May 26, the House of Representatives’ Committee on Human Rights conducted an inquiry into the February 15 raid and mass …

Attacks on Lumad Schools

“The ‘bakwit’ schools have been a way for lumad students to continue their education in places of peace and sanctuary.” May 26, the Committee on Human Rights of the House of Representatives has called a hearing to investigate “the raid and mass arrest against lumad evacuees seeking sanctuary in Talamban, Cebu by elements of police and …

What the Holy Spirit makes us proclaim

“God is good!  God is great! God loves us all!” This Sunday is the Solemnity of the Pentecost, which commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Virgin Mary and the Apostles in Jerusalem, as narrated in the Acts of the Apostles, and is regarded as the birth of the Church.  This happens ten …

Toward a COVID-proof and safe 2022 elections

“This study suggests it is possible to hold successful elections even under pandemic conditions.” In this column, I borrow from an excellent study conducted and released by the PARTICIPATE coalition, led by the Ateneo School of Government. In that paper, the authors point out what is obvious, that the 2022 Philippine national elections, to be …

Gaslighting in the Nayong Pilipino Controversy

‘[A]s a lifetime advocate of environmental protection and the preservation of green spaces in cities, I could not see any possibility of such advocacies being incompatible with public health’ That is why I could not understand at first what the controversy over building a mega-vaccination site in Nayong Pilipino was all about. After all, as …

The Great Commission for the pandemic

“Now is not the time to be selfish, to be cruel and to retreat inside our cocoons of comfort.” The reading for this Sunday – Ascension Sunday – is the presentation of what is known as the Great Commission of the Faith. In the Gospel narrative, Jesus commands his disciples to “Go, therefore, and make …

May 9, 2022

“It is foolhardy to think that we can predict what will happen.” A year from now, there is a strong likelihood that on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, the country would already know the results of the May 9, 2022 elections. This was the case in 2010 and 2016 when by midnight or early morning the …