Author Archives: Roma Estrada

7 months ago

Of Books, Information, and Duterte’s Cultural Agenda

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Of Books, Information, and Duterte’s Cultural Agenda

True to his cultural agenda, the Duterte regime doesn’t and won’t go all the way like Marcos did—except for the edifices—so he could still maintain an illusion of democracy. How could this government be accused of curtailing press freedom when it shut just one network down as it trolls another?

10 months ago

Work/Study-from-Home and the Politics of Space

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Work/Study-from-Home and the Politics of Space

Unless your place already has a study, which is highly doubtful if you belong to low-to-average-income earners in the Philippines, working from home must have felt like, at some point, preparing for a play production.

1 year ago

Who’s afraid of critical students?

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Who’s afraid of critical students?

But there can be no further wondering why government feels threatened by progressive education. State forces insist that they “rescued” Lumad students—they rescued them from further learning how government assists in the corporate plunder of their ancestral lands, from realizing the potential of their collective strength as our young heroes then realized their collective strength.

1 year ago

Isang bukas na liham sa nais maging pulis

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Isang bukas na liham sa nais maging pulis

Batid kong hangad mong mapabuti ang mundo. Simula pagkabata, sa tuwing tinatanong ka kung anong gusto mong maging, palaging sagot mo ay ang manghuli ng masasamang tao. At tila dumarami nga sila, sapagkat gabi-gabi na lang, laman ng mga balita ang iba’t ibang kaso ng pagnanakaw, panggagahasa, pagpatay.

1 year ago

Why ‘Magtulungan na lang tayo’ isn’t enough

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Why ‘Magtulungan na lang tayo’ isn’t enough

There’s a higher plane where seeking for accountability can take us to, such as contemplating about socio-political systems which allow such adverse projects to perpetuate, about who really benefits from them. This saves us from the simplistic, ignorant, and cliché narrative of citizen-blaming.