Green

Luntian daw ang kulay ko, ayon sa What’s Your True Color? test ng Tickle.com

You’re green, the color of growth and vigor. Good-hearted and giving, you have a knack for finding and bringing out the best in people. Green is the most down-to-earth color in the spectrum — reliable and trustworthy. People know they can count on you to be around in times of need, since your concern for people is genuine and sincere. You take pride in being a good friend. For you, success is measured in terms of personal achievement and growth, not by status or position. Rare as emeralds, greens are wonderful, natural people. It truly is your color!

Marinduquenos continue to cry for justice

10 YEARS AFTER MARCOPPER: MARINDUQUEÑOS CONTINUE TO CRY FOR JUSTICE

Boac, Marinduque – March 24 is Black Friday in this part of the country. Thousands of Marinduqueños wearing black shirts, sporting black armbands and carrying black banderitas flocked to the capital town through a circumferential caravan coming from all the municipalities of the island.

It is a day of mourning, unity and prayer in the entire province to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the infamous Boac River Mining Disaster of 1996 that wreaked havoc to their environment and livelihood. This year also marks the 30th Anniversary of the dumping of mine wastes in Calancan Bay in Sta. Cruz and the 13th year of the collapse of Maguila-guila Siltation Dam in Mogpog.

Bells tolled in every Parish as early as 5AM, followed by solemn mass celebrations as people mourn for all the losses the entire province incurred due to tragedies resulting from 30 years of irresponsible mining. People lament that despite these disasters –- which generally affected the social, economic, environmental and health spheres of the individual victims and the entire province -– the national government through the DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) responded by including the San Antonio Copper Project in the list of 23 mining priority areas in the country. Continue reading

Marinduque Declaration

Noong bata pa ako at nabubuhay ang aking inang si Evelyn Eder, nakita ko kung paano siya at ang kanyang mga kasamahang manggagawa sa Simbahan lumaban sa patuloy na pagtatapon ng Marcopper ng dumi mula sa kanilang minahan sa aming dagat. Pagkalipas ng ilang panahon, muli na namang bumabalik ang mapaminsalang minahan sa aming lalawigan.

Buo ang aking suporta sa Marinduque Declaration, na naka-post sa ibaba:

MARINDUQUE DECLARATION
adopted on January 31, 2006 during the Second Church-Local Government Leaders’ Roundtable Discussion on Social Concerns in Boac, Marinduque.”As long as Marinduque’s mountains remain rich in desirable metals, Marinduqueños will have to remain eternally vigilant to protect the island from further mining”
(+Rafael M. Lim, D.D., First Bishop of Boac)

We, Church leaders, government officials, and civil society organization representatives, after reflecting on and scrutinizing the realities in our island-province of Marinduque specifically our collective experiences for the past 30 years of hosting large-scale mining projects, do hereby declare:

1. That series of disasters due to large scale-mining operations blighted our once culturally peaceful island and for the same period, we, as a people, through various institutions and people’s collective actions, have demonstrated our collective struggle for environmental justice as can be gleaned from petitions, resolutions, manifestos, and cases filed in the various executive, legislative and judicial institutions in the country but justice has been so elusive. Continue reading

LFS leader sa Bikol, pinaslang

Inayos na teskto ng mensaheng natanggap ko sa aking cellphone kaninang umaga:

“Cris Hugo, student activist, LFS (League of Filipino Students) national council member and Bicol regional coordinator, was shot dead around 10:30pm, 19 March in Legazpi City. Justice to all victims of political repression! OUST GMA! Pakipasa.”

The Middle Class Eklat: Isa Pang Sagot

Sumakay kayo sa Jeepney ni Jet upang mabasa ninyo ang isa pang sagot sa liham ng isang middle class kuno. May punto ang ilang mga argumento niya gaya nito:

Nako… the usual arguement… walang ipapalit. Walang choice daw. Bullshit na idea. Maraming mas matinong tao sa Pinas kaysa kay gloria. Pero that’s not the point of argument. Hindi sinong papalit. We have an electoral process… merong mga kandidato… merong iboboto. Let the people choose once she steps down. Ano ka hilo? Nandaya nga e… dapat tadyakan at ibiging patiwarik habang pinipitik ang ilong para tumangos…

Medyo mabibigat ang mga katagang ginamit niya sa kanyang sagot. Marahil ay uminit ang ulo niya sa mga nasa unang liham. Pero sigurado naman akong nakaka-relate kayo. Di ba’t nararamdaman din ninyo ito sa tuwing napapanood sa telebisyon sina Mike Defensor at Raul Gonzalez?

Basahin dito ang buong sagot ni Jet sa liham ng middle class daw.

Sagot sa Open Letter ng Isang Middle Class

Nabasa mo ba ‘yung kumakalat na open letter ng isang middle class Pinoy raw? Ilang beses kong nakuha ‘yun at iritado ako sa tuwing matatanggap ‘yun. Bad trip ako sa kabobohan ng argumento at sa walang prenong panglalait sa mahihirap. P–a, tawagin ba namang bayaran ang mga mahihirap, at kami raw sa media ay parang laging naka-shabu!

May sumagot na sa sulat niya. Nakuha ko ang sagot na ito ni Nor Domingo sa Plaridel Papers e-group ni Pete Lacaba. Ikalat din natin. Naka-italics ang orihinal na liham, at kasunod ang mga sagot ni Nor:

Ako ay isang middle class pinoy, isang officer sa isang malaking korporasyon at may asawa…dalawa anak. Di na importante pangalan ko kasi parepareho naman tayong mga middle-class…. trabaho 9-5, inom konti tapos uwi sa pamilya, laruin si baby, itutor si ate/kuya tapos tulog na, pag wala na pera intay nala ng ng sweldo.

Ako rin ay isang middle class pinoy, isang freelance artist at may asawa at dalawang anak. Trabaho pag meron, hindi 9-5. Minsan 9am-9am. Hindi ako umiinom. Umuuwi na lang ako sa pamilya ko kasi sabik ako makita sila. Nuod TV, check ng e-mail. Paminsan-minsan nakakapaglibang ako at naglalaro ako ng ultimate Frisbee o kaya ng softball. Super middle-class pero feeling ko talaga, lower-middle. Continue reading