Showing posts with the label Social Justice & Human Rights

The Terrors of Anti-Terror Law

Terrorism must be condemned. That's becoming our fundamental duty as a lawful citizen of the Republic.With the rising occurrence of terrorist attacks killing hundreds to several thousands of people, there's no mercy, but to face its consequence with fairness and justice. That's the power of the Anti-Terrorism Law signed by President Duterte. Its primary intention is to identify, arrest and to penalize an individual or a group perceived to be an enemy of the state.With false perception and wrongful judgment, anyone can be unjustly accused before the jury of the  9-member Anti-Terror Council acting like a judicial court.  How is that constitutional?You'll be served a warrantless arrest with detention in jail for up to 14 days and a possible extension of 10 days for a total  and maximum of 24 days in jail without filing a single case in court.How terrorising is that? Now, you are supporting a certain social and political movement and calling for a positive and meaningful …

ABS-CBN and the Power of A2Z

After several months of ABS-CBN shutdown on free TV, finally we're surprised by the most powerful TV network deal of the decade.
That was a clever move ever! We didn't expect it! And now you've given hope and revived our Filipino spirit. 

Our prayers materialized and it's a Divine gift of bringing back our voices... Of bringing back our enthusiasm... Our smiles... Our hopes and dreams...
Yes, you've made it happen to bring back what was lost and deprived of the majority of the Filipino people. The times when we lost our smiles and replaced with sadness. The times when we lost our energy and replaced with fears. The times when we lost our resilience and replaced with doubts and uncertainty.
Yes, we were left uncertain of what's gonna happen next when ABS-CBN was denied of a much deserved Congressional franchise renewal.
And this is for you dear Congressmen who never listened and continued with your vested interest. You never represented the voices of your constituent…

Duterte, Pulse Asia, and the False Rating

Record high trust rating at 91% by none other than, President Duterte. The most popular ever. Incomparable and unbeatable. He won again! This time the trust and confidence of the Filipino people.They survey was done by whom? Was it by Facebook commentaries? Naah!Done deal survey by Pulse Asia. Sad to say, but majority can't comprehend how they came up with an all-time high rating of 91% with all these blunders and bloopers in Covid-19 response... With the survey conducted in mid-September 2020.There's a lot of mismatch on the survey result and the real-life happening -- the present Covid-19 reality.Top 1 Covid-19 cases in South East AsiaFirst, we broke the record of Singapore, and then by Indonesia. We're now the fist place in South East Asia.It's clear that the respondents of the survey doesn't care about the Government's response to the present health crisis; the pandemic.Anyway, there are other countries worst than the Philippines. With the USA on the lead ha…

DepEd's Mission and the Struggles of Distance Education

How does it feel like to have graduated or finished a school year without marching on a school stage; with parents cheering and teary-eyed on their children's academic success and victory. That was supposed to be the final moment of academic fulfillment, and the commencement to a higher level of learning.For college graduates, that's supposed to be a preparation time for board exam, and for others, a welcome to an entry-level work.  Instead of a formal moving up and graduation events in school, what we've witnessed are virtual ceremonies. No sweet smiles... No crying moments. Just a virtual reality.The Covid-19 pandemic had stolen such precious and memorable moments of the learners, instead it was replaced with fears, anxieties and uncertainties of what lies ahead.After several months of academic freeze and delays of school year opening, the Philippine Department of Education is now ready for the official opening of school year 2020-2021, with 24.72 million enrolled public …

The UN and in Defense of President Duterte

Finally! We've seen and heard about President Duterte on his first appearance on the 75th United Nations General Assembly.That was the most presidential gesture I've seen of the President on the world stage of revered leaders on the community of nations -- the UN.That was a recorded speech, but he showed confidence, courage and humility to speak to the great world leaders and to the Filipino people.The West Philippine SeaAt last, we've heard him speak about the UN Arbitration ruling of 2016 in favor of the Philippines for the coveted West Philippine Sea; Philippine territorial waters - Exclusive Economic Zone.After all, we're not fully in allegiance with China. We can be just friends purely for economic partnership and cooperation.Yes, the President may have weighed in about his policies towards China, that despite of the bullying on the Philippine waters by the Chinese intruders, still President Duterte seem not to care about it, until he made a grandstand before the …

The New Manila Bay Sands

Miami beach, Copacabana Beach, Marina Bay Sands and... Manila Bay Sands?

Wow! The Philippines is becoming one of the coolest beach cities in the world.

Truly a world-class and ambitious urban coastline development by turning the natural black sand into an attractive, but artificial white sand, which is a crushed Dolomite rocks from the Mountains of the Island-Province of Cebu.

And so, after all, it's not really a natural white sand like the world famous Boracay Island beach that the Philippine government envisioned of the Manila Bay.

Some environmental groups including the Department of Health have expressed their sentiments about various health hazards that the project will potentially cause.

Some of our Government leaders, environmental activists and concerned citizens have also expressed their strong opposition about the White sand project, which they say is untimely and insensitive since we are currently facing our toughest battle of Covid-19.

Are we for the beautification of ou…

Philhealth Corruption and the New Chief

Never get sick. That's the best wish we could give to the newly appointed President and CEO of Philhealth; the State health insurance company of the Philippines.

Dante Gierran, the former Director of the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is the new face of Philhealth, who is trusted by President Duterte; his great fellow from Davao.

Dante Gierran is highly optimistic that he could make a difference in solving the current and controversial issues faced by Philhealth. Issues like illegal and questionable release of Philhealth funds during this time of Pandemic.

Just a whistle blow away and boom! Everything is exposed about the alleged anomalies.

Who is the most affected by the issues after all?  Will it be resigned and former Philhealth President and CEO Ricardo Morales, who is suffering from health condition? Will it be the other high ranking Philhealth officials? 

Surely not them! but none other than the ordinary Filipinos -- the working class.

The working Filipinos have…

Converting Farmland into Subdivision

Farmland conversions. This is becoming a game for the rich and the Oligarchs in the Philippines.

Those who have vested interests, the power, and the massive wealth can always make it happen.

And so today, once again we hear from our Philippine Senator, Cynthia Villar, on her opening statement for the Senate hearing on the state of dairy industry that "farmlands converted into housing and factories are not that bad, but in fact can be good in our economy."

Senator Cynthia Villar is the Senate Committee Chairman on Agriculture and at the same time has business interests in real estate development in the entire Philippines. Her company, Vista Land is into property development and retail industries that's a conflict of interest in her current Senate chairmanship.

We can't forget the 'Rice Tariffication' law which she sponsored and authored that killed the livelihood of our rice farmers considering the low market price of rice produce due to the massive importation…

Terrors of the Bangsamoro People

I have never visited the Island of Mindanao, but I always look forward to see and explore its beauty and hidden gems. I believe that the entire Island has so many beautiful wonders to offer to visitors amidst the chaos and wars that tainted the reputation of the place.

Since the 'Battle of Marawi' in 2017 where hundreds died and thousands left wounded and homeless, I am one of those who condemn the barbaric act and inhuman activities of the terrorist groups responsible for the attacks. The battle may be a result of a challenge from the country's most powerful man who showed no restraint in his words, but the collateral damage were the thousands of people who are victims of the war.

The peace process in Mindanao may be endless due to the conflicts resulting to bombings in many places in Mindanao, from Zamboanga City to Davao City and just recently the twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu when a Roman Catholic Cathedral was blasted with an improvised explosives that killed more than 20…

The Tulfo Justice

When people's advise is "Ipa-Tulfo mo" or someone utters "Ipapa-Tulfo kita" that would mean instant justice or the 'Tulfo Justice'  that people think they deserve.

That would be the case for many Filipinos who would bypass the due process to seek the help of an instant justice on-air; a radio-show trial by publicity hosted by an influential Anchorman which has been a household name for helping thousands of oppressed Filipinos deprived of social justice and human rights.

The recent judgment of a radio-show, 'Raffy Tulfo in Action' which has gone viral and gained online outrage from Netizens is one of the negative side of seeking instant justice on this popular TV show.

That episode of Tulfo's show may have gone far and have caused damage to the reputation of the accused through false justice with the absence of judicial process on his call to action or outright judgment.

The teacher who was judged by Tulfo and favored the call of the parents fo…

Universal Health Care For All Filipinos

It was in August 2018 that I experienced to queue to pay for the annual Philhealth contribution of my sister and her family and I was glad to see hundreds of people who were there to invest for health insurance in exchange for a good Healthcare benefits offered by the agency.  
As a Healthcare worker, I have pledged not only for the healing of the sick people but also to become an advocate for health promotion and prevention. That time as I was seated on a chair to wait for my priority number to flash on the screen, I had a realization that people no matter their economic status are now becoming more aware of the advantages of having a healthy family that is free of illnesses and diseases and becoming a productive contributor in the society. 
But how about those individual or families who have no access to basic healthcare due to economic hardship? They may feel ineligible and intimidated for their Healthcare rights and they remain to be vulnerable to health crisis and health threat. 

The Voice of the Filipino Farmers

The Philippine Agriculture was once a very promising sector in its excellence in providing sufficient agricultural products to every Filipinos through active and strategic partnership between our farmers and the Government. 
We were an agricultural leader in Asia back then and our Agricultural Scientists used to share their expertise in rice farming to other Asian countries like Vietnam and Thailand.

I remember back in the late 80's when we used to play by throwing muds in the newly plowed rice field just after the harvest season; the time when rice farming was the major source of livelihood of most families in our town. Whenever we visit other barangays from the town center, we get to breathe in fresher air passing through the green field of newly planted rice during the planting season, while during dry season just before the harvest in March or April, the field turns into a beautiful golden brown grains of rice.

Those were the days when rice farming was a robust industry and highl…