State of Accountability

“For one more time, we call on this administration to stop the killings and violence.” In his State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Duterte was expected to once again defend his failed war against illegal drugs. He was expected, again, to be defiant of the International Criminal Court as it decides to investigate the …

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 …

What a (Vice) President Duterte reveals on the State of the Nation

Co-written with Jayvy Gamboa. The talks of President Duterte’s candidacy as vice president does not only draw attention to the possibility of a continued hold onto power, but also to the question of whether this is a symptom of a more fundamental problem in Philippine politics On July 26, 2021, Monday, the country is set …

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 …

Ang mga eskwelahan sa Lumad ug ang katungod sa edukasyon

Isinulat ni Tony La Viña at Meggie Nolasco. Isinalin sa Bisaya ni Dinah Faye Balleco Original Article (Philippine Daily Inquirer); Kadtong ika-26 sa Mayo, ang committee on human rights sa House of Representatives nagdumala ug hearing sa nahitabo nga raid sa bakwit na eskwelahan sa Cebu kadtong ika-15 sa Pebrero. Sa ilalom sa panguna ni …

Extrajudicial Killings as official policy

“Here is the unassailable conclusion.” In the Request for Judicial Investigation filed before the International Criminal Court on the situation in the Philippines in the context of the Duterte Administration’s war on drugs campaign (WoD), Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda gives an exhaustive narration of the factual and jurisdictional bases to justify the grant of such Request. …

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 …