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Is it time to move on?
The resiliency myth

June 29, 2022

The Philippines recently ranked as one of the five worst places to be as the ripples of COVID-19 continue. This is contrary to the outgoing Duterte administration’s repeatedly built narrative – that it did well on the pandemic and is leaving behind an economy that is on a quick rebound.

Pressure point

May 30, 2022

The government’s trademark has been to obscure the truth, peddle its own version of reality, and go on ahead with its most-often carefully thought-out programs that make the local and foreign super-rich happy. The newly-proclaimed leaders of the land made it clear that they’re not changing that.

Is memory the enemy?

May 29, 2022

Filipinos are known for being ‘resilient’ that once we ‘move on’ from bad experiences we also forgive and forget over time. Or do we just tend to do this as defense mechanism in order to survive as a people who have gone through really bad times?

PH isn’t Sri Lanka… yet

May 25, 2022

The Philippines isn’t going the way of Sri Lanka yet in defaulting on its foreign debt payments anytime soon. Which is not to say that there are no lessons to be learned from the first canary to die in the coal mine of growing global debt distress.

A legacy of killing farmers?

May 24, 2022

Before Rodrigo Duterte concludes his presidency and paints a rosy legacy, let us not forget his bloody record as a relentless attacker of people’s rights to land, food security and social justice even amid a pandemic and crisis exacerbated by worship of neoliberal policies.

31 million

May 19, 2022

We are seeing so-called writers being paid to weave lies, peddle a revised version of history, and shape a generation of mindless and uncritical citizens who shall forget their history lessons and shall have a distorted sense of democracy. And there is no solidarity between these so-called writers and the basic masses – there is only treachery.

Hindi si Loren ang nanay ko

May 7, 2022

Kung ako ang anak ni Loren, parehas malamang kami ng sasabihin. Parehas ng magiging tanong ng mapag-usisang isip: Bakit? Sa isang banda iisipin ko ano nga ba ang isinusulong ng aking ina at kinakailangan niyang sumama sa hanay ng mga magnanakaw? Ganoon na lamang ba talaga karumi ang eleksyon, makuha lang ang posisyon at kapangyarihan […]

A vegan’s musings on Earth Day

April 22, 2022

There exists a complexity to achieving sustainability and harmony with nature. I shall remain vegan, but the next time I say Itadakimasu, I shall put the farmers, peasants and workers right at the heart of my gratitude.

In solidarity with the farmers of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan

March 25, 2022

The land sustains their lives, therefore it is just to fight for it. They struggle not only for themselves but also for our sake. No one can deny the fact that farmers are essential to our lives. They have long been taking good care of us by providing our food — now it is time to do our part in upholding and protecting them.