How I became a social activist

“I believe in peace processes and that we must work for a peaceful settlement of all conflicts in this country” In this and in the next two columns, I will share excerpts of my commencement speech to the graduates of the Ateneo School of Government last December 18, 2022. The speech is titled “Imperatives of …

When Marawi Becomes a Frontline

“What better way to convey the complexity to us than through stories?” This is the first of several columns on the book Marawi Siege: Stories from the Front Lines by Carmela S. Fonbuena. It is a riveting and comprehensive account of the siege of Marawi in May 2017. I encourage my readers to get the …