The poet as agitator for social justice

“Artists love deeply, and so when they find themselves amongst the masses, the masses inevitably become their muse” November 30, the birthday of revolutionary Andres Bonifacio, has always been a day of both celebration and grievance. It is joyful as we commemorate the meaning of resistance, and angry as we still struggle against oppression. This…

Mad about fake news

“MAD released a statement in support of Nobel laureates Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov’s 10- point plan to address the information crisis in the country.” In the latest Pulse Asia Survey, conducted September 17 to 21, 90 percent of Filipinos are exposed to fake political news while 86 percent believe false or fake news is…

De Lima’s safety is Marcos’ responsibility

“The least the government can do now is to take steps to ensure her safety, conduct a thorough investigation on the matter, and expedite the resolution of the remaining cases.” Filipinos got a big scare yesterday when news came out that former senator Leila de Lima was held hostage inside her detention cell at camp…

Fighting Badoy’s contempt of the judiciary

“Red-tagging equates to a very dangerous threat. And so, it is only right to take it seriously and respond accordingly” Lorraine Badoy, former spokesperson for NTF-ELCAC, will face the court after red-tagging Judge Marlo Magdoza-Malagar. Badoy is notorious, together with NTF-ELCAC, for continuously and loudly red-tagging progressives, marginalized groups, as well as ordinary citizens. In…

Children of Mindanao’s endless wars

“Development aggression pertains to development projects that exclude and oppress the indigenous peoples and other marginalized sectors even further.” Last Friday, I spoke at the Youth for Climate Justice for Mindanao’s (YCJM) webinar, “ML @ 50: The Impact of Martial Law on the Environment and the People in Mindanao.” YCJM is convened and led by…

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