It is not to take revenge, or to punish, or to try to recapture a sense of correctness, for divine violence need not be imbued with such meanings to be able to register the wretchedness of this world.
Author Archives: ANDREA MALAYA M. RAGRAGIO
A few days ago I readily accepted an invitation to serve as host of the special Davao screening of the independent film “Tu Pug Imatuy”, or “A Right to Kill” by Mindanawon director Arbi Barbosa. An entry in famed director Brillante Mendoza’s Sinag Pilipinas Film Festival, the story follows a Manobo family ripped apart by the sudden entrance of military forces into their community.
It was supposed to be a routine medical mission, so much so that we didn’t think twice about saying farewell to some our colleagues and students from UP Mindanao who were scheduled to leave the site a day later than we were.
Gombil, many will say that your death is as heavy as the Pantaron Mountains, but I will say that your life is like the Talomo: there is the quiet, there is the surge, there is the strength, and always the ceaseless flowing towards victory.
Many are understandably outraged at the recent Supreme Court decision allowing the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, with much ire being directed at Rodrigo Duterte and the justices who decided in the affirmative.
My goodness, I can only just roll my eyes. Alright, fine, anyone with a formal educational attainment lower than yours are automatically sheep who can be herded around at whim.
In all my pieces for Davao Today, I try my utmost to give a different take, or be able to say something new, about the issue at hand.
Nowadays, it isn’t just the challenges of topography and climate that place our teachers in peril – oh, if it were only that!
Duterte just shined a very bright spotlight on historical lessons that often get glossed over since, after all, the US is now such a great friend to us…
While anonymity, selflessness, and the notion of sacrifice for something greater than the single person is supposedly extolled, individuality and personal achievement is privileged for a distinct set of burials – those of members of the social, political, and economic elite. No such favor is given the common majority.