National Unity After the Elections

“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. Love one another as I have loved you”. This is Jesus’s final message to his disciples. Love is the central theme of God’s relationship to man. It is this infinite love why God sent …

Turbulent Days Ahead for the Country

“The poor and the basic sectors above all must be represented in that coalition of the willing.“ I submitted this column not knowing the results yet of yesterday’s elections. Perhaps by the time the Manila Standard print edition comes out, there is already a clear winner. Given the consistency of the surveys from November to April, …

Conspiracy to commit crimes against humanity

“The evidence is abundant.” Quoting from International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Ms Fatou Bensouda’s “Request for authorisation to open an investigation into the situation in the Republic of the Philippines in connection with President Duterte’s war on drugs (WoD) campaign,” I feature in this column the findings and observations of the prosecutor to support her …

The joy of conforming to the will of God

“Why is loving God a source of contentment and happiness?” Last week, I examined the writings of St. Alphonsus Ligouri on the importance of the virtue of living in conformity with the will of God. To the holy man, living according to one’s will and not of God’s is the same as idolatry, since in …

Praising God for our Suffering

“To those who love God, all things work unto good.” This is the last of my series of columns on the will of God, my attempt to try to make sense of the sickness and death around us. I wrote these reflections during a difficult time for my hometown, Cagayan de Oro, Davao City, and …

The Will of God

“Faith gives us all the courage to embrace our grief and continue to love.” In times of extreme adversity and calamity, such as during this pandemic, many of us are asking these questions: Why do bad things happen to good people? If God is loving and compassionate, then why would that all powerful Being allow …

What the Philippines can contribute to win against Climate Change

“We must not contribute to our own destruction.” I have written many times that the global climate emergency is upon us. We are already experiencing its impact and it will only get worse. But are we helpless against climate change? Are the worst scenarios inevitable? Should we just give up and do what we can …

Not a good time for Charter Change

“The administration, given its track record for the past five years, has lost any credibility to push for something as drastic as charter change.” Once again, the House of Representatives has voted in plenary session to amend the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution. In essence, the amendments will add the phrase “as provided by …

World Environment Day and the ongoing virtual climate talks

“To defeat this threat, the world must come together and cooperate based on common interests and shared values.” In the next weeks, with colleagues from the Manila Observatory and the Ateneo de Manila University, I will be attending the historic, first-ever purely virtual negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Our team …

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 …