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 …

Method in the madness: Our 2022 electoral options

‘Lacson, Sotto, and Gordon are all in their seventies…. Frankly, it is difficult to imagine that these gentlemen will be able to excite the young electorate that we now have.’ The following is the first part of a two-part essay. You may read the second part here. As in previous elections, I have been invited by …

The Languishing State of the Nation

‘Despite my bluntness, I have always wanted the President to succeed from Day One — but again, not on his terms, but on the terms the Philippines truly needs and deserves’ The President’s next State of the Nation address is expected to be his last, barring an unconstitutional extension of his term, and he would …

Duterte, Aquino, and the ICC

“Contrary to official claims, many of the killings by law enforcement were not justified.” One of the best foreign policy decisions that former President Benigno S. Aquino III did was to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) ten years ago, in 2011. The Senate subsequently concurred with that ratification, thus putting …

Sa Pagdepensa sa mga eskwelahan sa mga Lumad

Isinulat nina Tony La Viña at Vanessa Vergara. Isinalin sa Bisaya ni Dinah Faye Balleco. Original Article (Rappler); Tagalog Translation Kadtong ika-26 sa Mayo, ang House of Representatives Committee on Human Rights naghimo ug pagpangutana mahitungod sa raid ug pag-aresto nga nahitabo sa mga bakwit nga Lumad sa Cebu kadtong ika-15 sa Pebrero.  Sa panahon sa hearing, …

Pagtarong sa mga inhustisya batok sa mga eskwelahan sa mga Lumad

Isinulat ni Tony La Viña at Vanessa Vergara. Isinalin sa Bisaya ni Dinah Faye Balleco Original Article (Rappler);  Ang ika-15 sa Pebrero usa lamang sa mga tinuyoan nga mga atake batok sa mga eskwelahan sa mga Lumad, nga adunay makakabalaka nga pagdaghan sa mga niaging upat ka tuig. Kini nagahimo ug mga kalapasan sa human rights …