Author Archives: DON J. PAGUSARA

6 years ago

Today’s View: The Roots of Democracy

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By DON PAGUSARA
Davao Today

Under the present setup, there’s no way a worker or a farmer or a fisherman or an urban poor can win an electoral seat, nationally or even locally. Let us therefore stop calling our elections a democratic process.

6 years ago

Today’s View: Props of a Dictatorship

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By DON J. PAGUSARA
Davao Today

The state machinery with all of its legal institutions, under normal conditions, works as a manageable apparatus for peace and stability. But in a dictatorship the ruler commands state authority with the nozzle of the gun. No matter its pretensions, its inward decay oozes out as a reign of blood and terror for the perpetual suppression of people’s rights and interests. At best, it is a “paper tiger.”

6 years ago

Today’s View: Pageants galore

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By DON J. PAGUSARA
Davao Today

The craze for the tinsel shine has successfully fed the vanities of our female population.  However it overlooks the more valuable concerns that should have spurred the imperative pursuits in our developing nation.

6 years ago

Today’s View: Education, a doubly irrelevant enterprise

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By DON J. PAGUSARA
Davao Today

The capitalist school-owner would not bother about who cannot enroll and be educated because there are always several others who can pay. In business the law of supply and demand always holds its sway. Sori ka na lang kung wala kang pang-tuition!

6 years ago

Today’s View: Showmanship or Statesmanship?

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By DON J. PAGUSARA
Davao Today

A person of political maturity should stake his (her) political career to make a stand and commitment to a higher cause than winning an electoral post.  This is the acid test of true statesmanship and political wisdom.

6 years ago

Today’s View: To the UP scholar who died in suicide

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By DON J. PAGUSARA
Davao Today

And the education we get is not even a suitable response to our dream. Neither is it ideally relevant to our doggoned reality. It is a goddamned colonial education rammed down into our throats by our erstwhile colonial masters!

6 years ago

Today’s View: Of tragedies and treacheries

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By DON J. PAGUSARA
Davao Today

It was tagged as the Jabidah Massacre, where several Muslim youths, mostly Tausog, were recruited and underwent military training.  They were promised a bright tomorrow.  But they were mercilessly murdered by the trainer-soldiers of Marcos.  It was alleged that they were trained for a “secret plan” which later came to be divulged as having to do with the Philippine claim to Sabah. 

6 years ago

Today’s View: A question of patriotic fealty

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By DON J. PAGUSARA
Davao Today

As a Filipino, it is our patriotic duty to abide by the Sultan who has pursued the claim not only for the Sultanate but ultimately for the Philippine State.  We cannot just leave him and our other Filipino compatriots at the mercy of a foreign government who has shown no respect for human rights, indiscriminately brutalizing Filipinos in the area.

6 years ago

Today’s View: Have faith in the people

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By DON J. PAGUSARA
Davao Today

The cliché “silay nauudyukan” is reflective of a pattern of thought invariably sung by people in authority.  It is an utterance proceeding from an attitude that sweepingly belittles the people, especially the impoverished sectors.