State of Accountability

“For one more time, we call on this administration to stop the killings and violence.” In his State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Duterte was expected to once again defend his failed war against illegal drugs. He was expected, again, to be defiant of the International Criminal Court as it decides to investigate the …

The Languishing State of the Nation

‘Despite my bluntness, I have always wanted the President to succeed from Day One — but again, not on his terms, but on the terms the Philippines truly needs and deserves’ The President’s next State of the Nation address is expected to be his last, barring an unconstitutional extension of his term, and he would …

What a (Vice) President Duterte reveals on the State of the Nation

Co-written with Jayvy Gamboa. The talks of President Duterte’s candidacy as vice president does not only draw attention to the possibility of a continued hold onto power, but also to the question of whether this is a symptom of a more fundamental problem in Philippine politics On July 26, 2021, Monday, the country is set …

Ang nalapit na atake sa mga bakwit na eskwelahan sa mga Lumad

Isinulat ni Tony La Viña at Meggie Nolasco. Isinalin sa Bisaya ni Dinah Faye Balleco Original Article (Rappler); Sa mga sunod nga semana, ang eskwelahan sa nagbakwit nga mga Lumad nga gidumala sa University of the Philippines (UP) magbuhat ug graduation ug moving up nga seremonyas. Mag usa na ka tuig sa mga pagsulay, apan …

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 Unfinished Legacy of Noynoy Aquino

Co-Written with Christian Laluna ‘The worst thing the opposition can do is to claim PNoy solely as their own and to use his death as a rallying cry against fellow Filipinos of goodwill’ President Benigno Aquino III left the country a mixed, surely imperfect, but overall good legacy. We saw that he tried his best, …