Stand Point

REFLECTION | Crossing borders

REFLECTION | Crossing borders

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Mar 30, 2018

Year after year, the rituals of Holy Week will come and go. But how have they transform us? Perhaps this year, as we go about the rituals and liturgies, we could make a difference if we try to listen to the voices of those crying for justice, to cross the borders of difference and animosity, and to walk the paths of the people closest to Jesus heart: the poor and the sinner.

Is ignorance the new sexy?

Is ignorance the new sexy?

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Mar 18, 2018

To express one’s dissent is of course not the ultimate solution to everything, but it is incorrect to dismiss it as useless. It is only when we talk that we generate better ideas; it is only when we generate better ideas that we create better policies; it is only when better policies are created that we, our actions are better directed.

FULL TEXT | ‘We are running out of time, seize the day!’

FULL TEXT | ‘We are running out of time, seize the day!’

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Mar 13, 2018

Speech of Bro. Carlito “Karl” Gaspar, Ph.D., one of this years’ Datu Bago Awardees, during the conferment ceremony on March 13, 2018 held at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City. The award is the highest honor given by the local government of Davao City to its outstanding constituents.

STANDPOINT | Kodao, Rappler, Vera Files and the ongoing assault on the media

STANDPOINT | Kodao, Rappler, Vera Files and the ongoing assault on the media

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Feb 12, 2018

It isn’t just Kodao Productions, Rappler, VeraFiles, NUJP or the Catholic Media Center that are under siege, but press freedom, free expression, and the entire Philippine media and press community as well—and with it, the rights and liberties and future of the Filipino people. The Philippine press and media must transcend their narrow interests, and expand their awareness enough to come together for the nation’s sake.

STATEMENT | Resume peace negotiations

STATEMENT | Resume peace negotiations

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Jan 17, 2018

The cancellation of the peace negotiations let loose the floodgates of bloodshed, human rights violations against unarmed peasant communities and indigenous peoples, avarice and arrogance among top government officials.

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.