Category: Opinion/Analysis

Armoured Dove of Peace. Graffiti art by Banksy; photo by Pawel Ryszawa. Retrieved from English Wikipedia (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Banksy_-_Peace_Dove_-_2008-03_-_close-up.jpg), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode   Galileo de Guzman Castillo   Halina’t …

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Women’s rights advocates from different organizations converge on Rizal Park to demand respect for women’s rights and the recognition and resolution of their issues. International Women’s Day. 2019 March 8. Manila, Philippines. Photo by Galileo de Guzman Castillo. Bianca Martinez Even before Duterte …

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  Raphael Baladad   “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap” (If there is no corruption, there is no poverty) was the rallying call behind Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s Presidential campaign in 2010, with the promise of purging crooks from government ranks and leading the nation toward “tuwid …

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Where will the 2019 elections take us? A side street near a slum area in Quezon City is lined with election posters. April 2019. Photo by Joseph Purugganan   Joseph Purugganan   From his pulpit at the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Congress, Duterte once again rebuked human rights a …

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Tapat na solusyon, hindi tapal na solusyon sa problema sa tubig at tagtuyot!” (Real solutions, not band-aid solutions in addressing the water supply crisis and El Niño!) World Water Day Mobilization. 2019 March 22. Quezon City, Philippines. Photo by Galileo de Guzman Castillo.   Galileo de Guzm …

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A year after the Lumad (indigenous people’s) killings in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, and still no justice in sight, Task Force TAMASCO asks the Department of Environment and Natural Resources where its interests lie and whose agenda it serves. Quezon City, Philippines. 2018 December 3. Photo by Galil …

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Government responses to the recent crises on food have revealed one thing: uplifting the hands that feed the nation apparently rests at the bottom of Duterte’s list of development agendas. While the government resorts to importation to stabilize market prices and fill consumer demand for food, small …

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By Joseph Purugganan Chaos has been the brand of the Duterte presidency. His governance has been characterized as “instinctive, abrupt, and with a penchant for the dramatic,”[1] and his leadership style as “one based on the methodical use of the coercive power of the state in order to intimidate dis …

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Human rights defenders march from Plaza Miranda to Bonifacio Shrine to call on the public to defend human rights, resist dictatorship and oppose Duterte’s Charter Change. One banner reads: “Not this ChaCha, not this Federalism!” Human Rights Day. 2018 December 10. Manila, Philippines. Photo by Ana D …

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Papa Digong, A Fascist Original. International Workers’ Day Mobilization. 2017 May 1. Mural by Alex Uy. Photo by Galileo de Guzman Castillo. As the midterm elections near, three features of the electoral landscape have emerged. First, the administration slate, Hugpong ng Pagbabago, has projected as …

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