In all my pieces for Davao Today, I try my utmost to give a different take, or be able to say something new, about the issue at hand.
The 2016 elections usher a leap in both form and substance of the campaign trail. There had not been so intense and dynamic participation of people in the history of Philippine electoral exercises than these.
The pre-2016 elections period may be the most monitored in terms of controversies and black propaganda, and marred with malevolence and gendered discourses. Mind you the May 9, 2016 elections may turn to be the most awaited, legendary and historic.
The recent United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report shows that more and more children are not able to continue studying even in secondary level.
Let it be understood that unless the roots of poverty and oppression of people are addressed, genuine change is not within reach.
While an increasing number of women occupy higher positions in local public offices such as mayor and vice-mayor, governor and vice-governor, their orientation does not automatically mean advocating and defending women human rights nor taking up issues of discrimination and gender equity.
Battering, sexual harassment, sex trafficking, prostitution and dislocation due to land-use and crop conversions and other forms of deprivation continue to haunt local grassroots women.
In the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao, problems confronting families with members having unmet needs related to ageing are more pronounced today than ever due to further marginalization, deprivation and alienation brought about by chronic economic crisis in the country.
Just two days before New Year and two days after my own daughter’s Catholic church wedding rites, the CBCP President, Bishop Socrates Villegas, made a statement that the wedding liturgy stands as is.
Dissent is a requirement for a dynamic democracy to prevail. Yet recent developments in the social movements such as the Lumad struggle for their right to ancestral land and children’s education highlighted in the social and mass media bring us to a mode of reflection what these rights are in light of the historic needs of the indigenous peoples of Mindanao.