Author Archives: DON J. PAGUSARA

3 years ago

Empowerment: From passivity to resistance

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Empowerment: From passivity to resistance

There’s no denying the fact that for a long period the Lumad peoples in the hinterlands were in a state of passivity or apparent apathy in the midst of the misfortunes that have befallen them as a forsaken segment of the Philippine body politic.

3 years ago

A Viable Alternative [Part 2]

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A Viable Alternative  [Part 2]

Let us continue to listen to the critical observations of Roland Simbulan in his book “The World Is My Classroom”. Latin America is one of the many countries he has visited as a student of world politics.

3 years ago

Injustice beyond reason

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Injustice beyond reason

Verily, the lowland Filipinos have only replaced the foreign colonizers in colonizing the racial and blood brothers and sisters—the Lumads in the countryside.

3 years ago

One pre-Christmas evening

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One pre-Christmas evening

Around a long-neck bottle of Emperador we gathered and happily exchanged holiday greetings and peered on each other’s radiant faces and exhibited our dirty-white teeth to one another and hummed or sang the jingle bells and silver bells the way we wanted our uneasy joy to manifest on this bright evening twodays before Christmas Day.

3 years ago

You! What Does Sovereignty Mean To You?

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You! What Does Sovereignty Mean To You?

Reading Roland Simbulan’s book The World is a Classroom — and this time about Vietnam— I couldn’t help but breath a mute cry of deep, deep, deep admiration. My heart skipped and pumped into my eyes a teardrop.

3 years ago

A viable alternative

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A viable alternative

A continuing discourse on Neoliberalism is needed in order to awaken all and sundry and address the perennial issue of poverty and underdevelopment that has plagued the Filipino nation for so long.

3 years ago

[Part Two] Neoliberalism and Human Rights: AFP as “Sekyu”

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[Part Two] Neoliberalism and Human Rights: AFP as “Sekyu”

In Mindanao, especially in its southern regions, more than 29 battalions of the AFP’s forces are being deployed in the name of counter-insurgency, but ostensibly they serve as the “Sekyu” (security force) of the big foreign companies that are conducting large-scale mining activities operating in these mineral-rich areas.

3 years ago

Under all circumstances

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Under all circumstances

One day he asked me, having developed a kind of deference to my educational attainment as a college dropout and was therefore a kind of leader among us ’all equals’ in the barkada hierarchy:

3 years ago

Culture of impunity enshrined

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Culture of impunity enshrined

There is no hope that President Noynoy Aquino can redeem himself. He has sunk deep into a state of addiction much more serious than the prevalent drug addiction.