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Walk for life

The WALK FOR LIFE organized last year in February was the first big gathering of faith based groups in the time of Duterte to denounce the extra judicial killings that were happening in the name of War on Drugs. Thousands of people gathered in Luneta from many faith based groups to stand for life. It was not only against the EJKs but against all the other proceedings that see death as the solution for our problems, thus spreading the CULTURE OF DEATH. There was death penalty being dangled as the solution to criminality. There were the brazen words coming from public officials threatening people who oppose the administration’s policies. This year the WALK FOR LIFE, organized by the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, is slated for February 24 - again in the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta. Everybody is invited to join and show their stand for life. There are more reasons to make this WALK FOR LIFE this year because the list of issues against life has lengthened. Still EJKs are happening in …

The boy who cries wolf!

Many of us are familiar with the story of a shepherd boy who got bored being all alone in the fields taking care of his sheep. One day a bright idea popped up how to get people to come to him. He ran around at the edge of the town crying: “Wolf! Wolf!” Immediately people came to him wanting to help, only to find out there was no wolf. The boy was pleased to suddenly have a big company. He gave excuses how the wolf ran away.  Another day he again cried out louder: “Wolf! Wolf! Wolf!” Again the good people rushed out to be of help. Again they found out that there was no wolf. Again excuses from the boy. A third time, the boy did the same and again the people came, to their dismay. One day, a wolf did really appear. The boy was frantic. He cried his heart out; “Wolf! Wolf! Wolf!” Nobody came. The boy stood helpless as the wolf ravaged his flock.
The lesson is: one cannot always fool the people. People are wise. Excuses will not always stand. When the real need comes, nobody will believe …

Why? Why? Why?

THERE is a lot of talk among government politicians ( i.e., politicians aligning themselves with the government) about federalism. They are even go so bold as to rush the change of the constitution in a month or two. Why is there no talk at all about political dynasties? Why?  It is still debatable whether federalism is good for us or not, whether it can bring about progress or failure to our country. Even our former chief justices have different views on it. And these are brilliant legal minds. But it is a no-brainer to see that federalism with political dynasty is a sure formula for failure. It will surely divide our country. Federalism will surely lead to feudalism and our country will be turned into fiefdoms by various political families.
The abolition of political dynasties has been a mandate of our 1987 constitution but it has never been a reality for us. It has never been acted upon and legislated by our lawmakers. Why? Because more than 80% of our congress people belong to po…

Can this Congress be trusted with the Constitution?

Can we trust this present congress with our Constitution? The Constitution is the Basic Law of the land. All the other subsequent laws to be passed by congress for many years to come will be based on the Constitution. Is this present congress up to the task of coming up with a New Constitution? The answer is a BIG NO!
First of all this congress is not a representative of the people. It is a misnomer to continue to call it as the House of Representatives because the majority of the persons there belong to political dynasties and they got elected not because they represent the will of the people but because of political machinations. Furthermore, the way congress as a whole behaves during the past year show that they not only represent their own families and political ambitions but they mostly kowtow to the wishes of Duterte. First of all, they jumped to the ship of PDP-Laban when Duterte became president. Then they prove to be a rubber stamp of what Duterte and his minions want. This…

Power never says enough

WE have experienced once more the intoxicating effect of power. Martial law was declared in Mindanao last May 23 in Mindanao due to the Marawi debacle. It was extended by congress till December 31 on July 22, now with the excuse that the situation cannot be controlled without extraordinary powers.

Today December 14, it is again extended by the same subservient congress for one full year. Once one has tasted power, it is hard to say it is enough. This is true for Duterte, this is true for the police and this is true for the armed forces. Even if congress has extended it – does this make it right? Martial law is supposedly an answer to an extraordinary situation, like the case of rebellion. With this extension – and for one year! – are we making the extraordinary situation ordinary? Can the police and the AFP not address the situation with the ordinary powers that they have? Or is martial law now being used as a tool to oppress dissent, and not even dissent – just divergent views?

It ca…