A Pandemic Year

“We need to inoculate ourselves with a generous dose of hope in humanity and faith in the Creator.” Throughout human history, there have been many calamitous events that have seen a multitude of deaths and widespread destruction. These may be caused by a variety of causes such as cataclysmic natural phenomena, armed conflict, or some …

Simple Gifts This Christmas

The Christmas season evokes a scene of an infant on a manger, with only the child’s parents, Mary and Joseph, and a few shepherds present. The coming of Christ into the world was so simple and unannounced that nobody living that time ever realized the significance of the momentous event. The Son of God was …

Fr. Tim’s Grand Welcome in Heaven

Last week’s Gospel reading calls on us to be alert and vigilant because we do not know when the Lord will come. But in the Second Sunday of this season, the Scripture calls on us to prepare the way for his coming. A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of …

A Wrong Approach to the Pandemic

I continue sharing the analysis by Senator Leila De Lima of how the Duterte administration has seriously bungled the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last Tuesday, I summarized Parts I and II of “Anatomy of a failed pandemic response.” Today, I share Parts III and IV of the De Lima analysis, entitled, “Duterte administration’s …

Anatomy of a Failed Pandemic Response

Being unjustly detained for trumped-up charges has not sidelined Senator Leila De Lima who continues to perform her duties as elected senator of the Republic within the four walls of her detention cell. Her analysis of the government’s response to the pandemic is a searing critique on how the government is mishandling the most serious …

Marathon Run in the Mud

“Reinvent resistance at this turning point” is the last and final letter in the trilogy compiled by two of our preeminent and dedicated peace advocates, former Senator Wigberto “Bobby” Tañada and Edmundo “Ed” Garcia. As in the first two letters, “Reinvent resistance at this turning point” is a call to fellow citizens to reinvent resistance …

Justice for Randy Echanis

“Reinvent the Pursuit of Peace” is the second installment in the trilogy of letters compiled by peace advocates former Senator Wigberto “Bobby” Tañada and Edmundo “Ed” Garcia. This short letter was written on 27 May 2020 by both Bobby Tañada and Ed Garcia in order to inspire and urge their fellow citizens to re-imagine the …

Advancing Peace During a Pandemic

The first letter in the trilogy of letters published by former senator Wigberto “Bobby” Tañada and Edmundo “Ed” Garcia in “Reinvent Resistance,” which I introduced in my last column, is entitled End Armed Hostilities in the Midst of the Pandemic. It is a statement by Tañada and my friend Judge Sol Santos, a longtime peace …

Reinventing Resistance in the COVID era

“Reinvent Resistance!” is a compilation of three letters authored by Wigberto “Bobby” Tañada and Edmundo “Ed” Garcia, two street parliamentarians who stood up against the Marcos dictatorship. In the next few columns, I quote from these letters. I always dedicate my writings in August and September to remember the fight against the Marcos dictatorship. Last …

Tokhang in Drugs War and Pandemic

The Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of human rights in the Philippines prepared by the Office of the United Nations Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR), which is the basis of this series of columns, concludes that although there is credible evidence that widespread and systematic extrajudicial killings …