Martial Law and media repression, a collective memory

Memory alone cannot be purely truthful – this is how the collective memory was pervaded by Marcos myth and propaganda Co-written with Bernardine de Belen When we hear of Marcos Sr.’s Martial Law, we are haunted by the voices demanding to never forget. What happened must remain engraved in our collective memory so that we …

The wisdom of Senator Loren Legarda

“The way to go…is to restart the peace process with the Communist rebels, to encourage and entice them to return to the fold of the law, throw away their arms and become partners with the civil government and the society at large in addressing social inequality and social injustice” In a privilege speech a week …

Never again, never forget: The violent memory of Martial Law

To remember is to memorialize those who sacrificed their safety and personal lives so that future generations would not suffer what they did. Co-written with Bernardine de Belen September marks the anniversary of a turbulent, violent, and painful memory in Philippine history – Ferdinand E. Marcos’ Martial Law. This year, in particular, denotes the 50th anniversary …

Heroes through the centuries until today

We normally associate National Heroes Day to commemorate the extraordinary virtues of Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Antonio Luna, and scores of revolutionaries who gave up their lives or made extraordinary contributions to the struggle against Spain and liberate our people from the yoke of foreign oppressors. But in all phases of our national existence, whenever …

De Lima, a continuing injustice

Last August 17, 2022 marked 2000 days in detention of former Senator Leila De Lima at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. She was arrested five years ago when the Duterte Department of Justice filed trumped up criminal complaints—one conspiracy and two related to drugs—against her after she took steps, as Chair …

How the Marcoses can vindicate themselves

The movie Maid in Malacañang by Darryl Yap shares an ‘untold story’ of the Marcoses before they fled to Hawaii during the first People Power Revolution in 1986—the last 72 hours of the family in Malacañang Palace to be exact. Unfortunately, its narrative appears as a blatant attempt to distort history and restore the ‘Marcos …

Two heroes, two widows

This month of August we celebrate the death anniversaries of two of the most illustrious fellows who graced the local political landscape. Their extraordinary lives and legacies have left indelible marks in our history, leaving a profound mark on our people, not even the passage of time can dim. On August 18, 10 years ago, …

Sagot sa SONA ni Marcos: Umasa, Lumaban, Magpatuloy Tayo

Sa kabila ng mga oportunidad na tinalakay natin sa kolum na ito noong nakaraan, nakalambitin pa rin ang tanong—ano ang plano ng bagong pangulo na si Marcos Jr. para sa mga Pilipino? Ayon sa Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman, ang mga sumusunod ang priority ng pangulo: agricultural at food security, climate change adaptation, economic recovery, improved …

Ang unang SONA ni BBM vs People’s Agenda

‘Nangingingibabaw pa rin ang paghahanap kung nasaan ang mamamayang Pilipino sa gobyernong ito’ Co-written with Bernardine de Belen Noong nakaraan, inilista namin ang mga dapat abangan at bantayan sa unang SONA ni Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Ngayong tapos na ang SONA, nararapat namang ikumpara ito sa 9-point People’s Agenda for Change na naglalayong ipahayag ang mga dapat pagtuunan …