Promoting impunity

The campaign by President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies in Congress for the restoration of the death penalty is replete with irony. Capital punishment is supposed to discourage criminality while at the same time insuring that those who commit certain crimes get what they deserve. But what’s likely is that rather than deter crime and…

Babae, Hawak mo ang Kalahati ng Kalangitan

Ni KRISELLE CARTALLA Babae ka. Pero hindi lang isang ordinaryong babae. Isa ka ring manunulat, makata, mangingibig at madirigma. Sumusulat ka hindi lang para sa mag-ingay Dahil sa bawat paglathala mo’y kalakip nito ang mga kwento at sanaysay mong may saysay. Tumutula ka hindi lang para magpasikat Dahil ang boses mo ang iyong puhunan sa…

Land is love | Previously disqualified Luisita farmers get land ownership certificates

“The long and arduous struggle and sacrifices of Hacienda Luisita farmers for the land are slowly being repaid. The CLOA distribution to Luisita farmers is just the start.” By CERES BUSY Bulatlat HACIENDA LUISITA, Tarlac — The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) chose this day to grant Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to some…

Fixation on ceasefire trumps peace talks gains

President Duterte’s four-day blustering last week – withdrawing the government’s unilateral ceasefire, “cancelling” the GRP-NDFP peace talks, ordering the re-arrest of 17 NDFP consultants released in August to join the peace negotiations, and tagging as “terrorists” the CPP-NPA and NDFP – has upended his previous stance (in the first six months of his term) of…

Self-fulfilling prophecy

The unfortunately named Magdalo group — the Magdalo was the Katipunan faction that murdered Andres Bonifacio and Antonio Luna — identified with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has a point. It doesn’t do anyone any good for the Philippine government (GPH), particularly the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and President Rodrigo Duterte on the one…