Category: Commentary

Life and survival under martial law

At this time of the year since 2011, I have written in this space a piece about martial law and the Marcos dictatorship. Mostly I have ruminated on the wrong decisions by the Cory Aquino government that have, since then, allowed the pernicious imprint of martial law – military and police abuses, extrajudicial killings, enforced…

Independence, not isolation

The “independent foreign policy” that President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants to adopt for the Philippines has for some reason been interpreted as either a policy of isolationor autarky in the sense of non-involvement with the rest of the world and a denial of the interdependence of nations, or as a total break with the…

National industrialization — change we want

To any objective, impartial observer, there is no denying that mass poverty, chronic joblessness and socioeconomic inequality constitute stark realities in the country today. Even the past Aquino government, while making extravagant claims about the “robust” state of the Philippine economy, has acknowledged the lack of “inclusive growth.” Plainly speaking, this only means the rich…

Opinion | Why I want Martial Law declared in the Philippines

I want martial law declared because I want corruption and greed to proliferate in the country. I want ten billion dollars in the hands of the dictator and his family and billions more in the pockets of cronies. I want the government to be the milking cow of corrupt politicians and military officers who want to enrich themselves by pocketing the taxes I and other ordinary people like me put in the public coffers. So what if they get rich stealing from me? I always loved that Robin Hood character, except under martial law it will be the rich stealing from the poor. What’s so wrong with that?

Earning credibility

Ferdinand E. Marcos, the Philippine government’s Official Gazette’s social media post finally said in its third revision of the caption accompanying the late dictator’s Sept. 11 birthday photo, was “the longest serving President of the country for almost 21 years.” After receiving a deluge of criticism for what many netizens saw as an attempt at…

The people’s stake in pushing the peace talks forward

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective In a forum at UP Diliman September 15, NDFP consultants Wilma Austria and Benito Tiamzon explained clearly the need for the national democratic revolution and the peace talks, which, at first glance, may appear contradictory. Wilma Austria traced the historical roots of the revolution, as well as the continuing basis…

Out of a quagmire

After more than half a decade of impasse, the resumption of formal peace talks between the Philippine government (GRP) and the revolutionary National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) last Aug. 22-26 in Oslo, Norway is without a doubt a major, major breakthrough. This historically significant development has taken place in the first 60 days…