Pag-atake sa Paaralang Lumad

Isinulat ni Tony La Viña. Isinalin sa Filipino ni Jayvy Gamboa. Original Article (Manila Standard); Noong ika-26 ng Mayo, nagpatawag ng pagdinig ang Committee on Human Rights ng House of Representatives upang imbestigahan ang raid at mass arrest ng kapulisan at militar laban sa mga Lumad-bakwit na pansamantalang naninirahan sa Talamban, Cebu. Hiniling ni Deputy …

Ang Katotohanan ukol sa mga Paaralang Lumad

Isinulat ni Tony La Viña. Isinalin sa Tagalog ni Jayvy Gamboa Original Article (Manila Standard); Miyerkules, ika-26 ng May, ay isang mabuting araw. Sa wakas, lumabas na ang katotohanan ukol sa mga paaralang Lumad – at saan pa ito mas angkop mangyari kundi sa bulwagan ng Kongreso kung saan nagsagawa ng pagdinig ang House of Representatives …

Pagdedepensa sa mga paaralang Lumad

Isinulat nina Tony La Viña at Vanessa Vergara. Isinalin sa Filipino ni Jayvy Gamboa. Original Article (Rappler) Noong ika-26 ng Mayo, nagsagawa ng pagdinig ang Committee on Human Rights ng House of Representatives ukol sa raid at mass arrest ng mga Lumad bakwit noong ika-15 ng Pebrero sa Talamban, Cebu. Sa kahabaan ng pagdinig, maraming …

The Truth about the Lumad Schools

“There was no need for a rescue.” Wednesday, May 26, was a good day. Finally, the truth about the lumad schools came out – and what better place for that to happen but in the hallowed halls of Congress where the House of Representatives Committee on Human Rights conducted a hearing via Zoom on the …

In Defense of the Lumad Schools

Co-Authored with Vanessa Vergara ‘[Students of Lumad schools] are taught to be intelligent, independent, peace-loving, and productive members of society’ The following piece is Part 1 of a two-part series. You may read Part 2 here. On May 26, the House of Representatives’ Committee on Human Rights conducted an inquiry into the February 15 raid and mass …

Attacks on Lumad Schools

“The ‘bakwit’ schools have been a way for lumad students to continue their education in places of peace and sanctuary.” May 26, the Committee on Human Rights of the House of Representatives has called a hearing to investigate “the raid and mass arrest against lumad evacuees seeking sanctuary in Talamban, Cebu by elements of police and …

Will the Philippines go the way of Myanmar and Cambodia?

Co-Authored with Christian Laluna ‘Not for nothing do we bear the honor of being Asia’s oldest modern democracy’ The following is Part 2 of a two-part series. Read Part 1 here. The Philippine tradition of democracy is older than ASEAN’s founding, its tradition of human rights deeper than the State’s cynical promise of non-interference. Not for …

Myanmar, Cambodia, and the Philippines: Quo Vadis?

Co-Authored with Christian Laluna ‘Myanmar is long held as ASEAN’s weak spot, a lightning rod for human rights critics of the grouping, the region’s bugaboo of the West, while at the same time laid bare to Chinese overtures’ The following is Part 1 of a two-part series. Read Part 2 here. In the weeks since the …

Criminalizing red-tagging

Last Tuesday, I was a resource person of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, Peace, Unification and Reconciliation. Senator Panfilo Lacson presided over a hearing on Senate Resolution No. 559, which directed the Senate Committee to exercise its oversight authority over the defense sector on the issue of red-tagging/ red-baiting of certain celebrities, …

Imperfect Justice in Ampatuan Massacre

Yesterday was the 11th anniversary of the Ampatuan massacre. With the guilty verdicts imposed on many of the accused —most of the masterminds and many of the perpetuators—last December 2019, this year’s milestone is not as depressing as in previous years. At the same time, we must remember that what we achieved with the guilty …