Finding consensus on the climate crisis

“Despite the differences in circumstances and representations, one overarching goal remains – one that will benefit all the Parties involved” The first week of the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP 27) of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change has now passed. The world awaits the decisions that will be made here. The challenge …

Death and Judgement

“Indeed, Our Lord has measured out our years and of those years that have resolved to leave us on this earth he has marked out one which shall be our last one” As we celebrate All Saints Day today and All Souls Day tomorrow, let us take time to reflect on the words of St. …

Anti-Terror Law’s slippier slope

“Fortunately, the Supreme Court did declare unconstitutional a provision in a Section of the ATA for being overbroad and violative of freedom of expression, in essence agreeing with the proposition that activism is not terrorism” In my last column, I summarized Judge Maldoza-Malagar’s decision on the proscription case against the Communist Party of the Philippines …

A ‘brilliant, correct decision’

“The Court has to answer not only the purpose behind the creation of the CPP-NPA, but whether the acts committed by its members as alleged by the petitioner would qualify as ‘terrorist’ acts.” A few weeks ago, we saw the resolution of the petition seeking the proscription of the Communist Party of the Philippines and …

A ‘brilliant, correct decision’

“The Court has to answer not only the purpose behind the creation of the CPP-NPA, but whether the acts committed by its members as alleged by the petitioner would qualify as ‘terrorist’ acts.” A few weeks ago, we saw the resolution of the petition seeking the proscription of the Communist Party of the Philippines and …

Mad about fake news

“MAD released a statement in support of Nobel laureates Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov’s 10- point plan to address the information crisis in the country.” In the latest Pulse Asia Survey, conducted September 17 to 21, 90 percent of Filipinos are exposed to fake political news while 86 percent believe false or fake news is …

De Lima’s safety is Marcos’ responsibility

“The least the government can do now is to take steps to ensure her safety, conduct a thorough investigation on the matter, and expedite the resolution of the remaining cases.” Filipinos got a big scare yesterday when news came out that former senator Leila de Lima was held hostage inside her detention cell at camp …

Fighting Badoy’s contempt of the judiciary

“Red-tagging equates to a very dangerous threat. And so, it is only right to take it seriously and respond accordingly” Lorraine Badoy, former spokesperson for NTF-ELCAC, will face the court after red-tagging Judge Marlo Magdoza-Malagar. Badoy is notorious, together with NTF-ELCAC, for continuously and loudly red-tagging progressives, marginalized groups, as well as ordinary citizens. In …

Children of Mindanao’s endless wars

“Development aggression pertains to development projects that exclude and oppress the indigenous peoples and other marginalized sectors even further.” Last Friday, I spoke at the Youth for Climate Justice for Mindanao’s (YCJM) webinar, “ML @ 50: The Impact of Martial Law on the Environment and the People in Mindanao.” YCJM is convened and led by …

The Masungi Crisis

“The Masungi Georeserve is not just one of the international leaders in sustainable tourism and home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna, it has also been fundamental in ensuring the reforestation of the southern Sierra Madre range…“ “This is how the DENR should do it.” Then Environment Secretary Gina Lopez declared these words …