Martial Law and media repression, a collective memory

Memory alone cannot be purely truthful – this is how the collective memory was pervaded by Marcos myth and propaganda Co-written with Bernardine de Belen When we hear of Marcos Sr.’s Martial Law, we are haunted by the voices demanding to never forget. What happened must remain engraved in our collective memory so that we …

Never again, never forget: The violent memory of Martial Law

To remember is to memorialize those who sacrificed their safety and personal lives so that future generations would not suffer what they did. Co-written with Bernardine de Belen September marks the anniversary of a turbulent, violent, and painful memory in Philippine history – Ferdinand E. Marcos’ Martial Law. This year, in particular, denotes the 50th anniversary …

Ang unang SONA ni BBM vs People’s Agenda

‘Nangingingibabaw pa rin ang paghahanap kung nasaan ang mamamayang Pilipino sa gobyernong ito’ Co-written with Bernardine de Belen Noong nakaraan, inilista namin ang mga dapat abangan at bantayan sa unang SONA ni Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Ngayong tapos na ang SONA, nararapat namang ikumpara ito sa 9-point People’s Agenda for Change na naglalayong ipahayag ang mga dapat pagtuunan …

Will our hopes be addressed in Marcos’ 1st SONA?

‘How will Marcos’ plans address the people themselves, especially the poor and marginalized?’ Co-written with Bernardine de Belen Amidst all of opportunities we can take advantage of under the new presidency, the question remains: what does the President, Marcos Jr., have in store for the Filipinos? According to Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman, the following are …

A Marcos’ 1st SONA: Is there hope under all the mistruths?

‘Whether we like it or not, this SONA is important’ Co-written with Bernardine de Belen Newly inaugurated president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) will be delivered on the 25th of July. Everyone’s waiting with anticipation; whether that anticipation is with hope, anger, or grief, it is anticipation nonetheless. This …

The CHR Report: A Climate Justice Victory

‘It is a victory to witness human rights institutions acknowledge this important – and fundamental – truth’ Co-written with Joy Reyes and Yla Paras Seven years since its filing, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) finally released its report on the National Inquiry on Climate Change filed by petitioners to urge the Commission to look …

Dr. Naty Castro and the true EDSA spirit

For every arrest, every day of detention, and every case filed against these Filipinos, the true spirit of EDSA fades. Co-written with Jayvy Gamboa. For the nth time under this administration, human rights organizations and advocates are again on the defensive when Dr. Naty Castro, a medical doctor, was arrested in her residence in San …

Magic in Dean Merlin’s Classroom

To paraphrase the good Ambassador, Dean Merlin may ‘have confused us all in class, but as we learned later as we practiced our professions, all he did was sharpen our minds’ Dean Merlin Magallona, who died on New Year’s Day at 87 years of age, spoke in a monotone, a voice that was flat and …

Hakbangin sa kaguluhan: Ang ating mga pagpipilian sa halalan 2022

Isinulat ni Tony La Viña. Isinalin sa Filipino ni Jayvy Gamboa. Original; Bisaya Kagaya noong mga nakalipas na halalan, iniimbitahan ako ng iba-ibang mga organisasyon upang magbahagi ng aking pananaw sa kung ano ang totoong mahalaga, at ng pagtingin lagpas sa lahat ng ingay at kaguluhan na maaaring magpalabo ng ating pananaw bilang isang bansa. …

Pamaagi sa Katinonto: Ang atoang kapilian sa 2022 elections

Isinulat ni Tony La Viña. Isinalin sa Bisaya ni Dinah Faye Balleco. Original Article (Rappler); Pareha sa mga niagi nga mga eleksyon, giimbitahan ako sa lain-laing organisasyon aron magpaambit saakoang maingon sa kung unsa gyud ang adunay kapuslanan, pagtan-aw sa tunga sa mga saba ug aso nga nagtanggal sa pagbati sa atong nasud. Usa kini …