Rappler's latest stories on activism in the Philippines
'It is easy for anyone to call on protest if he has the social safety nets when social unrest arises. But what about the poor?'
'[Peasant organizations] do not teach 'anti-government propaganda;' they organize seminars, workshops, and discussions about issues that not a lot of institutions dare think about
'To be an activist does not require one to be physically present in rallies and street protests. It can be done through the formidable power of the written word.'
'It was disturbing how the army made the extreme argument that when you criticize your government, you are against it'
'I realized that activism does not always need to be performed publicly, that some kinds of activism are not obvious'
Activists want to be reassured that their physical, emotional, and mental well-being also matters
'I realized being an activist never really dies even when you leave the movement'
'I remember rolling my eyes every time I'd hear protesters chanting. I hated all of it. I was so annoyed.'
'You know it’s right to junk rice liberalization when you've encountered a farmer who won't eat with you, for fear that she might get used to eating 3 times a day'
'Yes, the road to freedom will be filled with inconveniences and sacrifices, but the rewards that lie ahead are still worth fighting for'
'I used to hate protests. I used to ride that high horse without any regard for the facts on the ground.'
'The attempt on my life did not succeed, nor has it scared me off, as was the intention'
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