Category: Streetwise

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…

Second round of peace talks on track

It is the third day of the second round of the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations here in Oslo, Norway. Since three weeks ago, autumn has been officially declared (defined as five days with an average daily temperature below 10 degrees centigrade). The weather is definitely colder than when the talks resumed in August but still pleasant…

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…

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…

Why peace talks still hang in the balance

And so it has come to this. After stoking such high expectations about the resumption of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and what the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) considers the top “security threat” in the country today — the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National…