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'We should recognize that the #HijaAko Movement is not merely a Filipinized incarnation of the #MeToo Movement, because it is organically built upon the pioneering initiatives of early activists...the comfort women'
'The denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise application resonates with all of us: our job security, our freedom of information, expression, and the press and, our fundamental right to know and be happy'
'Appointing the service chiefs with a fixed three-year term is direly needed to ensure that their programs and policies could be implemented, as well as recalibrated should the need arise...'
The overnight move comes days after China imposed a sweeping new national security law on the financial hub after months of civil unrest last year
'When brands use feminism and its ideals of equality, it needs to go beyond cherry picking the easy and trendy aspects of it like empowerment'
How do visual artists feel about a law that could possibly stifle them from free expression?
'What has ABS-CBN done in the service of the Filipino? This is the accusing, if not sarcastic, question many administration allies ask...'
'[T]here are no initiatives yet to properly train teachers in indigenous history and heritage'
'Having a support system is not as powerful as it sounds if the structure it resides in is hesitant to change'
'Seminars are great morale boosters but fail to create lasting change. Participants are likely to remember how lackluster the speaker was, how many punchlines he delivered, or how picturesque the venue was, but not the goals of the program.'
'[China's] seizing control of the South China Sea is but the maritime step in a much larger strategic goal: dominating Asia by 2050'
'Jesus, in the Gospel, said that if a hand causes you to sin, it has to be cut off. This means that things that enable immorality have to be fought and abolished.'
'Duterte is now encountering hurdles in his authoritarian drive as perhaps never before'
'As I wait for our repatriation flight to the Philippines (after 7 ticket cancellations), I remain hopeful and try to remember that day I arrived as a scholar'
'The tragedy of those who fled is only part of a bigger story that COVID-19 is unraveling about the countryside'
'There’s something rather aberrant about Marcoleta: he just won’t stop flogging a dead horse, whether it be the Lopez citizenship or any other carcass, which is the precise lifeless state common to all the issues raised against ABS-CBN'
According to artist Neal Andrew Lim, 'The piece shows how the orders of the current admin kill; how everyday people are all linked with the killings and the ineptitude of the current admin'
'My classmate who told me that he voted for Duterte after a process of discernment was most likely influenced by regionalism rather than the Holy Spirit'
'[Judges] cannot just blame people for making negative outbursts regarding their decisions'
'Here, dear Brutus, is where the fault lies – the quality of politicians we elect to office'
'Duterte is the Lord Voldemort (he-who-must-not-be-named) of our institution. Nobody dares to discuss him, unless it is about something positive.'
Many persons with disabilities don’t physically look disabled. Sometimes, that makes it even harder for them to get the help they need.
'I dare do not discredit the happiness and pride people gain in finishing courses'
'Let’s include the Nanay Celias, Kuya Bons, and Manang Sols in our discussions. Let’s talk about a new reality where they are afforded the same benefits their counterparts in the formal economy enjoy.'
'For COVID-19, there is still a lot that we don’t know about the disease, but that doesn’t mean that our scientists are wrong'
'In the picture of how racial supremacy and environmental decay are put together, violence is front and center'
'Hindi tuluyang lalaya ang kaisipan ng taumbayan kung nakakubli ang agham sa wikang ginagamit lamang ng iilan'
[OPINION] Beyond legalities and technicalities: How the court decision challenges us to keep press freedom alive
'Fear is not what we need at this time, of all times. Especially if fear tricks us into seeing enemies where there are only fellow Filipinos and fellow human beings...'
'The webinar is eroticized by so-called experts as a necessary and legitimate qualification. The certificate becomes the cult-favorite signal of self-improvement.'
'Just because a space is supposed to be safe, it doesn't mean it is'
'Our tatay jeepney drivers have not only been stripped of their livelihood, they have also been stripped of their dignity. For the first time, we are seeing our jeepney drivers begging on the street.'
'The quintessential Philippine garden is a product of global connections that started more than a thousand years ago'
'If you are performatively hashtagging about the murders of Michael, Breonna, and Trayvon, you cannot congratulate the murders of Kian, Jefferson, Carl, and over 20,000 other Filipinos'
'How come Filipino postcolonial sensitivities side with the white colonizers rather than with the formerly colonized (such as ourselves) and enslaved peoples?'
'In congregations around the Philippines, women are enjoined to be submissive to their husbands. The Filipino translation is more forceful: magpasakop sa asawa.'
'There are no human races, there is only one human race. The concept of race reinforces the colonial structures that favors Eurocentric views.'
'We tend to think we are the crème de la crème of Southeast Asia mainly because of our high proficiency in [English]'
'Calling our aid charity posits a hierarchy between you and the ones you choose to help'
'Danding Cojuangco, together with the other architects, henchmen, and butchers of Martial Law, was politically accommodated, reintegrated, and allowed to partake in one way or another, in the restored democracy of the Philippines'
'The pandemic lays itself open to official exploitation for the fear and the hunger and joblessness and the other distractions it has brought; the government could also use some covering up for its shortcomings in dealing with the emergency'
'I did this piece because a lot of my fellow LGBTQ+ have been struggling to come out,' says the artist
'A democracy needs media-literate citizens who can hold their media institutions accountable, as much as we need these media institutions to do their jobs of holding the government accountable'
'They were already able to red-tag us without the bill, how much more so if it's passed?'
'Had I known this pandemic would occur, would I still have pursued the 4 grueling years of medical school, only to be put on the front lines?'
'Without having to go through the process of competitive public bidding, the dangers of corruption, overpricing, and counterfeit goods will just be a door knock away'
'Come July 1, 2020, voter registration will finally resume. That opens up another avenue where we could put our privilege to good use.'
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