Category: Streetwise

High stakes confirmation hearing

On Wednesday, three progressive Cabinet members — Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez, Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, and Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano — will be up for confirmation by the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA). They have been twice bypassed by the CA and subsequently twice reappointed in the interim by President…

The people say ‘Enough’

President Duterte had it coming. Yes, Virginia, in a country rife with continuing human rights violations, the annual International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10 is invariably marked with protests and mass demonstrations. Public anger over the secret burial of the remains of the Dictator Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and all that…

Restoring a people’s dignity

I watched the cultural show Hugpungan (“encounter”) mounted by the national minorities — Moro and indigenous peoples — together with UP students at the Diliman Theater last week and was at one point moved to tears. A powerful choreography performed by youngsters, lumad from different tribes in Mindanao, depicted their pride in their culture, forces…