Author Archives: DON J. PAGUSARA

6 years ago

Today’s View: Pageants galore

by

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

by

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?

by

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

by

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

by

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

by

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

by

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. 

6 years ago

Today’s View: Bias Begets Arrogance Begets Irrationality

by

By DON PAGUSARA
Davao Today

And when the real facts as they happened did not conform with the exactitude of his plans, his fascistic nature as a patronizing authority figure surfaced. He was afraid the media was bound to gather the real facts from the ground. And this gave vent to his arrogant posturing and unreasonable utterances.

6 years ago

Today’s View: What needs to be done

by

By DON PAGUSARA
Davao Today

The tenacious alignment and adherence to a political entity should have been premised on a set of ideals and principles that provide firm basis for the party platform and concrete plans of action.  Each of the candidates in such group subscribes to these ideals and principles as his (her) personal commitment and as his (her) standard of conduct in governance.  It is the only enduring beacon that the party and its candidate must hold on to in steering their campaign to victory. 

6 years ago

Today’s View: A Case of Molesting a Precious Jewel

by

by DON PAGUSARA
Davao Today

It is regrettable that the US commits this show of disregard to our sovereign rights — a treatment that ill-deserves the little brown brother’s loyal deference to the Big Brother.  To be sure, it is another act of insensitivity — or is it a willful disrespect? — that smears the colors of the emblem of equality among nations and races around the globe. At worst, it smacks of superpower arrogance.