Stand Point

STATEMENT | The media and the Duterte presidency

STATEMENT | The media and the Duterte presidency

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Nov 23, 2017

THE PRESS in the Philippines has been described to be among the freest in Asia if not in the world, robust, almost rambunctious in its practice. But in the first 16 months of the Duterte administration, its status and practice have been diminished, shaken down by supporters and trolls of the President who would not tolerate critical coverage.

STATEMENT | Reject warmongering, struggle for a just peace

STATEMENT | Reject warmongering, struggle for a just peace

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Nov 23, 2017

We of Kapayapaan, an alliance of advocates for a just peace, are disheartened by President Rodrigo Duterte’s rash and harsh statements cancelling/terminating the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), ordering the re-arrest of NDFP consultants and tagging the CPP/NPA as “terrorist”. These constitute a complete turnaround from his avowed policy of talking peace with the CPP/NPA/NDFP by negotiating much-needed socio-economic and political reforms to end close to five decades of armed conflict with the revolutionary movement.

POETRY| Maghanda ka Juan

POETRY| Maghanda ka Juan

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Sep 22, 2017

The poem “Maghanda ka Juan” is written by Bro. Ronald Balgado C.Ss.R of the Redemptorists Church. He read the poem during the 45th anniversary commemoration of Martial Law in Roxas Avenue, Davao City on September 21, 2017

Un-forgetting the brutality of Martial Law

Un-forgetting the brutality of Martial Law

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Sep 21, 2017

My grandparents’ house has an underground hole. It has been there since before I was born. For this reason, I was never bothered about its existence; I thought it was originally part of the house – like a basement where Lolo could store his farm equipment. Besides, the oldest houses in their neighborhood also have small underground holes, so it was never unusual for us.