Duterte’s Mocha/Mocha’s Duterte

BLOOD RUSH By SARAH RAYMUNDO It is not the case that “fake news” erodes democracy. Fake democracy yields “faith in fakes”(1) Yet in what was manufactured as a defense of truth, accountability and democracy, the Philippine Senate held a hearing on fake news. Notable propagandists of the Duterte regime were summoned and questioned on their…

Duterte redux

By SARAH RAYMUNDO BLOOD RUSH In May of last year, one of the goals of this column was to take stock and advance bases for political analyses and solidarities with various sectors dealing with a new regime. I sought to deliver both activist and intellectual documents culled from my politicized organizational and academic engagements. More…

By SARAH RAYMUNDO Blood Rush The Lumad from different parts of Mindanao are still at the UP International Center (IC). Most of them are students from various Lumad schools. They take refuge here at the University after experiencing the horrifying impact of Martial Law in Mindanao. Lumad communities were once hopeful about the prospect of…

Cult Rev & Paragas

By SARAH RAYMUNDO Blood Rush Paragas is a testament to the praxis of cultural revolution standing its ground, matching profit accumulation with the accumulation of protest. This new release from Edge Uyanguren and Tubaw easily stands as one of the movement’s lushest cultural production to date. Its sonic tropes offer a wide variety of pop,…

Duterte, a sociopolitical outcome

By SARAH RAYMUNDO Blood Rush As early as the night of May 7, the presidential race no longer seemed an unintelligible, aimless exercise. Not for Rodrigo Duterte’s supporters and those who witnessed their huge numbers. Of course the “decent” ones complained, “how stupid, how crass, how unintelligent, how strange! You must not vote for him.”…