In a strong show of force, 59 global, regional, and national organizations from across Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Europe issued a joint statement demanding the immediate release of the 57 peasant leaders and human rights advocates, including minors, arrested by local authorities in Negros Occidental (around 710 kilometers south of Manila) in the central Philippines last October 31.Continue reading
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:19)
In the weeks before the scheduled execution of Mary Jane Veloso in April of 2015, Church people came to understand that a poor Filipina mother of two small boys had been duped into unknowingly carrying a suitcase lined with heroin. As the data unfolded, many were flabbergasted at all of the unfortunate twists, complicated with both major and minor injustices and indifference. Mary Jane Veloso’s experiences reveal that she — like many hopeful migrant workers — was made vulnerable to being trafficked, due to joblessness and inadequate opportunities to provide for her children.Continue reading
“I fear that one of the enduring legacies of martial law is its own repeatability. Authoritarian rule, including the undeclared kind, can happen again because too many Filipinos still don’t know what happened from 1972 to 1986, let alone why it happened. About the martial law period they have nothing to remember, and they won’t know it when they see it.”
Matapos ibaba ng Korte Suprema ang desisyong pumapabor sa utos ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na ipalibing na sa Libingan ng mga Bayani ang dating pangulo at yumaong diktador na si Ferdinand Marcos, kaniya-kaniyang post ng mga reaksiyon sa Twitter ang mga Pinoy.
Nanawagan ang pamilya ni Marcos na mag-move on at magkaisa na ang bansa. Pero may mga nagsasabi namang paano tayo makakausad kung hindi naman sila humihingi ng tawad. ‘Ika nga, there can be no reconciliation without justice.
Dahil dito, kaniya-kaniyang hugot ang ilang tweep tungkol sa pagmo-move on at paglilibing kay Marcos. Narito ang ilan sa pinakanakakaaliw na hugot tweets.
Halos bawat uwi ko sa amin sa Marinduque, dinadalaw at kinukunan ko ng larawan ang aming simbahan sa bayan.
Kahapon, kinunan ko ito ng panoramic photo gamit ang aking cellphone.
Narito ang simbahan ng Parokya ng Banal na Krus sa Santa Cruz, Marinduque.
Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation announces the election of Senator Wigberto E. Tañada as the new chairperson of its Board of Trustees, effective September 29, 2016.
Senator Tañada replaces Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco, who has been elevated to chair emeritus since August this year.
The 82-year-old former senator, popularly called Ka Bobby, comes to the Foundation with sterling qualifications. He is the son of the late former senator Lorenzo M. Tañada, often tagged as Philippine politics’ “grand old man.”
Ka Bobby often stood arm-in-arm with his father in many protest rallies staged in opposition to the Marcos dictatorship, suffering hosed water or tear-gas dispersal operations.
He served both as senator and congressman in the Philippine Congress. In 1991, he was with the group of senators under the leadership of then Senate President Jovito R. Salonga when the Senate rejected the renewal of the PHL-U.S. treaty on military bases.
Ka Bobby graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University, Manuel L. Quezon University, and Harvard Law School.
He is lead convenor of the Fair Trade Alliance.
He is also the chairman of the Philippine Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, and the Lagawe Rural Bank in Ifugao. He is also the Chairman of Universal Motors Corporation, and is an Independent Director for Republic Cement & Building Materials, Inc., and Republic Cement Mindanao Inc.
Ka Bobby hails from Gumaca, Quezon.
The current members of the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Board of Trustees also include:
Vice-chairperson, Mr. Jose de Jesus; Treasurer, Atty. Felipe L. Gozon; Ms. Mayose Bautista; Ms. Edith T. Burgos; Atty. Manuel Jose Diokno; Mr. Edicio dela Torre; Ms.Ester Isberto; Ms. Myrna Jimenez; Ms. Carolina S. Malay; Mr. Rafael M. Paredes; Ms. Marie J. Plopinio; Dr. Jose Perez III; Dr. Alan T. Ortiz; and Mr. Solomon Y. Yuyitung.Board secretary and concurrently executive director is Ms. Ma. Cristina V. Rodriguez.
For more information please contact (02)434-8343 or 985-1126.
Bukod sa pagiging talented, compassionate rin si James McVey, ang lead guitarist ng bandang The Vamps, ayon sa People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Lumabas kamakailan si McVey sa pangalawa niyang patalastas para sa PETA para i-promote ang kabaitan sa mga hayop sa pamamagitan ng ‘di pagkain ng kanilang karne.
Sa patalastas, sinabi ni McVey na “Chicks dig vegetarians.” Aniya, ang pagiging vegetarian o pagkain ng mga halaman lamang ay isang mahalaga at madaling paraan para mabawasan ang paghihirap ng mga hayop.
Is the Philippines ready for a drama that tackles issues such as corruption, bureaucracy, malnutrition, illegal logging, and political dynasties?
We find out this March, when GMA News TV launches its first original series and most ambitious project to date — Bayan Ko.
Inspired by the life of Jesse Robredo as well as the social realist films of director Lino Brocka, Bayan Ko tells the story of newly elected Mayor Joseph Santiago — who sets out to make a difference in the fictional town of Lagros.
The idealistic mayor, played by Rocco Nacino, faces roadblocks at every turn. He discovers a bunch of wayward employees have turned the municipal hall into a boarding house and, worse, have been making under the table deals at every turn. He must learn to lead lazy and uncooperative municipal employees and change the mindset of a mendicant populace.
But his efforts to fight corruption — both petty and large scale — are blocked by a political dynasty led by Governor Antonio Rubio and Congressman Anton Rubio, played by father-and-son tandem Pen and Ping Medina.
Indie film princess Mercedes Cabral the powerful contractor, LJ Reyes the mayor’s chief of staff, while Betong Sumaya and Love Anover take on roles as slacker municipal employees.
Nasa newsroom ako nang makita ng isang kasamahan ko ang balita tungkol sa pagbibitiw ni Pope Benedict XVI o Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger bilang pinuno ng Simbahang Katoliko. Gaya ng marami, nagulat ako at ‘di agad nakapaniwala.
Naging sunud-sunod na ang pagbabalita nito ng iba’t ibang major international news organizations. Maya-maya pa, nabasa ko sa website ng Vatican Radio ang buong pahayag ng Santo Papa.
Ang kanyang katandaan at humihinang pangangatawan ang nagtulak kay Pope Benedict XVI para magbitiw.
Dahil sa bagong pausong salitang “noynoying,” naalala ko ang album na “Wag Kang Mang-Go-Gloria.”
Kapwa anyo ng protesta laban sa mga pangulo ng bansa ang dalawang ito at ipinakilala sa magkaibang panahon ng dalawang magkakumpetensyang samahang aktibista. Pero sa tingin ko, mas angkop ang pausong “Wag Kang Mang-Go-Gloria.”