Category: At Ground Level

Duterte’s militaristic drift bodes dire consequences

Of course, during the presidential campaign last year he already talked in a favorable light about martial law and expressed sheer admiration for the deposed dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos. But did anyone anticipate that within his first six months in office, President Duterte would facilitate Marcos’ political rehabilitation by allowing the burial of his remains…

Door remains open for GRP-NDFP talks

President Duterte was more combative during his second state-of-the-nation address last Monday than was during his first SONA. Venting on his prime advocacy, the fight against illegal drugs, and against a wide range of perceived enemies and critics, he came out raising both fists. Last year, in contrast, he extended a hand of friendship and…

Inequity, iniquity amid rising income inequality

Acute income and economic inequality, the negative phenomenon spawned by neoliberal economics, continues to widen worldwide. Wealth gets concentrated, in scandalous scale, in the hands of the few super-rich, depriving billions of the poor all over the world sufficient means to survive. World Bank-International Monetary Fund designed policies/programs pursued by governments to achieve “sustainable and…

Voice of dissent assails ‘vague’ ML declaration

It’s one magistrate’s opinion against those of his 11, or 14, other colleagues. And it’s a much younger voice arguing with the many older ones who have presumably spent more years than him in thinking about the law. Yet Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen stood his ground as the lone full dissenter to…

Federalism plan affects Moro, NDFP peace talks

President Duterte’s oft-repeated avowal is to accomplish before the end of his six-year term, in 2022, a shift in the form of government from the present unitary to a federal system. That accomplished, he has declared, he will volunteer to resign as President. And he has kept saying that only such a shift to federalism…

Mindanao aerial bombings spawn humanitarian crisis

As the “war against terrorists” in Marawi City under martial law conditions in Mindanao enters its fifth week, a grave humanitarian crisis looms. Meantime, conflicting signals from President Duterte and the Armed Forces of the Philippines continue to baffle the public. On the one hand, the AFP claimed its troops have cornered the terrorists, consisting…

Snagged peace talks to continue in August

Yes…! The ball is rolling forward again, though slowly, for the GRP-NDFP peace talks. Both parties are moving cautiously but expressing determination to pursue and achieve their agreed-on targets, following the unprecedented progress racked up in the first three rounds of formal negotiations. As narrated in this space last week, the GRP panel interdicted the…

Deaf athletes need public encouragement

“You can have all the talent in the world, but it takes mental strength to be a champion.” “Work so hard that one day, your signature will be called an autograph.” These two motivational quotes have propelled a 19-year-old student-athlete to excel in singles table tennis interschool competitions – a district, provincial, and regional champion…