Ang Kahulugan ng Pagkakaisa

Ano bang sinasabi mong hinahati ni Duterte ang bansang ito? Nang mag-umpisa siyang mamuno, hindi pa naman tayo naging buo. Kasi, magmula noon, hindi ka pa rin sumusuko. Nalimutan mo na bang nanalo siya sa demokratikong eleksyon? Kaya makatwiran lang at legal ang aming pagsuporta sa kanyang administrasyon. Ayaw mong …

A Prayer for Duterte

While we ask the government for redress of our grievances, we the people (including Church leaders) must not join the partisanship of those whose obvious aim is to topple either the elected leadership or the government, and replace it with their own beast they can control. When I chose to support President Duterte, who came to power not by a people power revolution, nor by ousting an incumbent leader (or trying a coup like you know who), I began to realize that people must work with their leaders, desiring not their downfall but their success (yes, even if you dislike them). There are many occasions that our voices will not be heard, our problems unresolved, but the law provides for the only peaceful means to change our leaders, which is through election (also through impeachment and maybe, through “prayer”). That’s why it’s very important that we take our right of suffrage seriously. Don’t sell it–it’s priceless! The way democracy works isn’t perfect like Duterte, but no, not true at all that we are led by a tyrant (c’mon, you can still rally and shout insults; as US Sen. Gardner said, “This is not North Korea”), and like many ordinary Filipinos, as misinformed as we are to you, other worlds come to mind and I’m not convinced of a better alternative. At least in this realm, it is not a crime to fancy about higher beings and pray. Always pray and do not lose heart (Luke 18:1). Pray for the President. Pray for the nation.

Masa Laban sa Institusyon: Si Antonio Trillanes

Si Antonio Trillanes mismo ang nagsabi sa isang panayam na ang maghapong kudeta na tinaguriang “Oakwood mutiny” noong Hulyo 27, 2003 (kasama ang Manila Peninsula siege noong 2007) ang natatangi at pinakamahalaga niyang nagawa sa kanyang buhay. Kahit pa nga tinawag itong “pathetic” ng host ng BBC Hardtalk, Stephen Sackur, …

Masa Laban sa Institusyon: Bastos Versus Disente

Nakatutuwang nakaiinis ang nangyayari ngayon sa bansa. Nakatutuwa dahil malinaw nating nakikita ngayon na ang dating dominanteng grupo na naghari-harian noon sa ating mga institusyon ay isa na lamang maingay na minorya. Maingay, dahil sila pa rin naman ang mga kinikilalang “awtoridad” sa larangan ng politika, edukasyon, sining at kultura, …