FOP’s last issue for 2009 covers the intertwined issues of elections, political violence and clan politics. While most of the articles found here discuss the shocking massacre that took place in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, Focus on the Philippines insists that this horrible atrocity can only be understood in relation to the many contradictions that beset Philippine politics and its dysfunctional democracy.
Here, Carmina Flores-Obanil shares with us her first FOP piece. Reflecting on what she calls ‘pedigree politics,’ she probes Noynoy Aquino’s candidacy against the backdrop of the many socio-political ills exemplified by the Ampatuan massacre. In ‘Clan Wars’, I also discuss the Ampatuan massacre as a manifestation of the ‘anarchy of families’ in the Philippines, which I consider a key factor that continues to warp our institutions and an important challenge for those struggling to deepen democracy in the Philippines. Walden Bello’s commentary, The Blood of Martyrs, is also included in this issue, along with think pieces from our friends Pancho Lara, Eric Gutierrez, Ramon Casiple, and Randy David. Mary Ann Manahan also gathered important statistics on Maguindanao for the socio-econ monitor.
FOP condemns the Ampatuan atrocity and joins the call for justice. With this issue, we offer our small contribution to the struggle for justice and peace; the quest for meaningful, participatory democracy; and thorough going, systemic political transformation.
2010 is just around the corner. May the coming year bring us less of the ‘same-old’ and ‘business as usual; and provide us with renewed energy and significant spaces to push on through.
PERSPECTIVE: Pedigree Politics/ Carmina Flores-Obanil
POLITICAL ROUND UP: The Blood of Martyrs/ Walden Bello
POLITICAL ROUND UP: Clan Wars: Initial Reflections on the Ampatuan Massacre and the ‘Anarchy of Families’ in the Philippines/ Aya Fabros
FOCUS ON THE AMPATUAN MASSACRE:
THE RUTHLESS POLITICAL ENTREPRENEURS OF MAGUINDANAO/ Pancho Lara
MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE: Crime Against Humanity/ Mon Casiple
NOTES ON THE MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE/ Eric Gutierrez
SOCIO ECONOMIC MONITOR: MAGUINDANAO IN FOCUS/ Mary Ann Manahan
HOPES FOR MODERN POLITICS/ Randy David
FOP shares with you more articles that seek to contribute to climate justice debates. In the run up to Copenhagen, Joseph Purugganan writes about his recent interview with Ms. Ditas Muller, the country’s foremost expert on climate negotiations. Also in this issue, Walden Bello relates climate issues with the DOHA round, in his piece ‘Derail Doha, Save the Climate.’
Towards Copenhagen: Traversing a Road of Unfulfilled Commitments: Interview with Ms. Bernaditas Müller by Joseph Purugganan
Derail DOHA, Save the Climate* by Walden Bello
SNR Statement on Doha Negotiations and the WTO Ministerial by Stop the New Round Coalition
Larry Lohmann Papers: Summaries
THIS month’s FOP builds on last month’s climate justice issue, looking at it in relation to recent disasters that have hit the country. This issue includes the second part of Herbert Docena’s special report on the Clean Development Mechanism, as well as commentaries from Prof. Randy David and Kenneth Cardenas written in the wake of Typhoon Ondoy.
THE CDM IN THE PHILIPPINES: REWARDING POLLUTERS (Special Report) / Herbert Docena
THE GIFT OF DISASTERS/ Prof. Randy S. David
WHO DO WE BLAME FOR UNTRAMELLED URBANIZATION IN MANILA? / Kenneth Cardenas
STATEMENT: ASIAN PEOPLES SOLIDARITY FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE
SAPAGKAT HINDI DELUBYO ANG KANYANG PANGALAN (Sa mga sinalanta ng Bagyong Ondoy)/ Emmanuel V. Dumlao
ONE TRIBE / Filomeno S. Sta Ana III
This month, FOP underscores the clamor for climate justice, as world leaders gear up for climate change talks at the United Nations in Bangkok. The issue includes Herbert Docena’s special report on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) money trail in the Philippines, which demonstrates the contradictions and failures of market-based solutions to address the climate crisis. The first part of Docena’s research uncovers a web of large conglomerates and “dirty” businesses controlled by a handful of Philippine elites, with the CDM feeding into mining, logging and power interests, rather than changing business and production practices that are detrimental to the climate. This month’s FOP also includes Isagani Serrano’s ‘Justice to Cool the Planet’ and a statement from Our World is Not For Sale, which sums up the key points in a forthcoming study on Trade and Climate Change that will be launched on October 2.
The CDM in the Philippines: Rewarding Polluters by Herbert Docena
Change Trade, Not Our Climate: Statement from the OWINFS Trade and Climate Working Group
Justice to Cool the Planet by Isagani Serrano
This month, Focus on the Philippines delves deeper into the Cory moment. Here, we gather pieces that do not stop at describing the sense of loss, grief, awe and gratitude that Cory’s passing has evoked in many of us. Going beyond mere eulogies, these commentaries show us that honoring the departed entails both recounting what has been achieved and remembering what still needs to be done. There is Edsa and there is Mendiola; the restoration of liberal democracy and the return of the oligarchs; People power, the death of dictatorship and the persistence of debt. Our contributors share how Cory has inspired us, but at the same time spell out where she has disappointed and failed us; Perhaps, to remind us of the limited legacy a single person can leave behind; the folly of pinning all our hopes on individual heroes; and the difficult and chronic challenges that only sustained collective intervention can surmount. Moreover, this period of contemplating Cory stresses the striking similarities between 1986 and 2010 as critical, historic junctures in the Philippines. Noting how Cory’s passing resulted in a ‘reawakening’, we also highlight how parallel conditions compel us to get out of our comfort zones and take action today, much like the grieving widow did in her time.
Cory Aquino can be regarded as a confounding contradiction, a symbol that captures our conflicted state as a people, an icon representing the many concerns and issues we still need to successfully confront, reconcile and resolve. Clearly, the struggles Cory Aquino waged, the movements she led, the causes she inspired were never hers alone.
Read on and reassess what Cory Aquino has left behind for you.
CORY AFTER DEATH by Herbert Docena
CORY AND THE CREDITORS by Akbayan! Representative Walden Bello
A LEGACY OF UNFINISHED TASKS by Prof. Randy David
CELEBRATE WHAT CORY TRULY REPRESENTS by Emmanuel Hizon
THINKING ABOUT CORY AQUINO by Carolina Malay
FAREWELL TO THE MOTHER OF ‘PEOPLE POWER’ by Shiela Coronel
A NEW CORY by Men Sta Ana
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