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 …

What must the Philippines do about climate change

Co-Authored with Dr. Manny Solis ‘Fortunately, there is still a window to examine and revisit the existing NDC prior to the global stocktake in 2023 to fill in the gaps, make it as clear and progressive as possible, and attract the international support being sought for implementation’ The following is Part 2 of a two-part …

What the world must do about climate change

Co-Authored with Dr. Manny Solis ‘The sustainable development mechanism needs to be designed properly, with the right safeguards so there is no greenwashing or shifting of responsibilities to developing countries’ The following is Part 1 of a two-part series. You can read Part 2 here. Combating climate change can be compared to a tug of war …

Mga Pilipino, maghiusa kita sa pagdepensa sa mga community pantry!

Isinulat ni Tony La Viña at Joy Reyes. Isinalin sa Bisaya ni Dinah Faye Balleco Original Article (Rappler); Filipino Translation Ang usa ka buhat nga nagsugod sa minantinil nga kawayang kariton nga adunay alcohol, crackers, ug mga preskong gulay ug prutas, ug maskin unsang mga gibutang nga panginahanglan, karon giila nga Maginhawa Community Pantry, karon …

Mga Pilipino, magkaisa upang protektahan ang ating mga community pantry!

Isinulat ni Tony La Viña at Joy Reyes. Isinalin sa Filipino ni Jayvy Gamboa Original Article (Rappler); Bisaya Translation Nagsimula lamang noon bilang gawa-gawang karitong gawa sa kawayan na may nakahaing mga alkohol, biskwit, gulay at prutas, at iba pang kagamitan, ngayon ay kilala na bilang Maginhawa Community Pantry, at naging napakalaking pahayag – at …

One COVID Death too many

“We must not lose sight of the big picture where death is just a moment, a terrible and sad one, but not the final one in God’s plan for us.” These days, many posts in my social media threads and communication groups have been about sickness and death. One reads about friends and colleagues who …

The Vine and the Branches

“Christ calls on us to nurture this relationship and reciprocate his unbounded love.” “I am the vine and you are the branches. As long as you remain in me and I in you, you bear much fruit; but apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not remain in me is thrown away as …

Catechesis on Community Pantries

“What we are seeing in action is this political love.” The gospel on the Sixth Sunday of Easter is familiar. Jesus, speaking to his disciples, issues a clear command:  “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.  If you keep my commands, you will remain in my …