Tyranny, oppression, and the struggle for justice, freedom and democracy have a strange way of turning people into fighters.
Indeed, why would she abandon a comfortable bourgeois life to live among poor peasants in some faraway barrio? Why the choice for the road less traveled?
The Boracay closure follows the familiar pattern of Duterte’s approach to addressing complex crisis situations. The approach relies heavily on police and military action, and projects Duterte as a tough, no-nonsense leader.
Duterte’s Cha-Cha will in fact create a new dictatorship even as it strengthens and expands the political dynasties’ monopoly on power.
At the very least, these proposed amendments grant immense powers to Duterte and effectively dismantle whatever system of checks and balances there is
There were significantly fewer people who trooped to the cemetery. Was it because for the past year-and-a-half, our people had seen so much death courtesy of Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war, that remembering the dead on November 1 seemed superfluous?
Today the dream is gone. The marriage is ended.
The CHR and human rights groups in general have traditionally functioned as watchdogs of state-perpetrated human rights violations for good reason. It’s because the state and state agents, vested with vast political and police powers, are in the most likely position to violate the rights of ordinary people and get away with it.