The queen and I: remembering Maita
by Rodne Galicha
July 14, 2012
That was the last text message I received from Maita.
Yes, I did not know her at first.
The first time I heard her name was when I was still a volunteer for a mining policy reform campaign in 2008. She was interested to work for the campaign.
After two years, I met her in a cozy office of Action for Economic Reforms (AER), the home of a transparency in extractive industries campaign called Bantay Kita. I was tasked to assist her in a series of fora and focused group discussions on the economics and transparency in the mining industry.
I wanted to know more about her. I admit, before going to the office of Bantay Kita, I googled her name online and explored the web to learn more about this woman – the ordinariness of her extraordinary life.
I asked Fr. Archie Casey, a Scottish missionary, and my superior Jaybee Garganera about this ‘queen reformist turned economist’ and how to deal with her. They just smiled and at least I felt relieved.
Intimidating. That was my first impression. But when she stared back at me and called me by my first name with her husky voice coupled with a real smile, I know our work would be full of adventures.
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