[From the web] Rebalancing privatization: Keeping public services public -by Rene Ofreneo

Rebalancing privatization: Keeping public services public by Rene Ofreneo The approval by the House of Representatives of House Bill 7437 prohibiting the privatization of government hospitals is a welcome development. As explained by the bill’s principal author, Angelina Tan, public health institutions “should remain public and should continue to serve the poor.” There are more…

[Tula] Fire Tree -ni Rene Boy Abiva

Fire Tree ni Rene Boy Abiva Patapos na ang taglagas at tag-init at pasibol na ang sunod na siklo’t kabanata ng mundo nang ako’y ‘yong batiin ‘sang masalimuot na hapon sa Kalye Dungon gamit ang mapula’ t manipis mong talulot na ‘alang pag-aatubiling pinitas ng hanging mula Zaragosa sa dikta ng magkasiping n’yong katwiran at…

[From the web] The Coal Death March: Limay, Bataan’s Case for Climate Justice -by Beatrice Tulagan, ClimateStories.ph

The Coal Death March: Limay, Bataan’s Case for Climate Justice by Beatrice Tulagan, ClimateStories.ph Once upon a time, there was a fifty-seven-year-old grandmother with kind eyes. She was loved dearly in her community for leading the charge against a coal stockpile in her neighborhood. In her spare time, she manned her family’s karaoke bar and…

[Tula] Live Show -ni Rene Boy Abiva

Live Show ni Rene Boy Abiva ” ‘Wag lalaki, may bayad ‘to halik. Handa ka bang makipaghalikan?” – Presidente Duterte “ Ganito na lang, halika, halika ‘di ka ba pwede? alam mo…wala na bang iba?” ‘ika ni Kanor habang nandudumilat ang kanyang mata sa kumpol ng mga tao sa kanyang harapan. Maingay. Sumulpot sa kanyang…

[Right-up] #BabaeAko: Ang Pagsilang -ni Jean Enriquez

#BabaeAko: Ang Pagsilang ni Jean Enriquez, Rappler.com Ilang buwan din kaming nangarap ng mga kabataang babae sa Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-Asia Pacific (CATW-AP) na magkaroon ng kilusang katulad ng #MeToo sa Pilipinas. Nang magsampa kami ng kaso laban kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte noong Abril 21, 2016, laban sa kanyang pagnonormalisa ng kultura ng panggagahasa,…

[Tula] T’YAN-SA -ni VIC OBINA

T’YAN-SA ni VIC OBINA Hayun ang tambak! May tyansa na bka may pagpag. Tuwang-tuwa ang bitukang agad sumalampak Hinalukay,kinamay, sa tyansang may makain at sa tiya’y mailagay. WALA! WALA! WALA! Walang tyansang tira-tira na sa bituka’y ibabara, basura ng lipunan ni pispis ng isda’y hindi man lang nagtira… Humpak na mukha,impis na sikmura, hindi na…

[From the web] Philippine City Passes Law Against LGBT Discrimination -HRW

Philippine City Passes Law Against LGBT Discrimination Ordinance Should Prod Passage of National Anti-Discrimination Legislation By Carlos H. Conde The Philippine city of Mandaluyong has approved an ordinance to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from discrimination, the latest in a slew of local laws passed across the country. Mandaluyong’s anti-discrimination…

[From the web] South Korea’s Blind Eye to Philippine ‘Drug War’ Abuses, Assistance for Police Disregards Role in Summary Killings -HRW

South Korea’s Blind Eye to Philippine ‘Drug War’ Abuses Assistance for Police Disregards Role in Summary Killings By Phelim Kine You would think that the kidnapping and murder in 2016 of a South Koreanbusinessman by a Philippine National Police (PNP) anti-drug squad would put the brakes on South Korean government support for the PNP. Think…

[Statement] Peace in Mindanao within our grasp with BBL -Balay

Peace in Mindanao within our grasp with BBL Balay Rehabilitation Center expressed its hopes for processes of healing, peace and justice in Mindanao at it joins Moro, indigenous peoples and settlers of Mindanao in monitoring Congress deliberations for the targeted passage of a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Congress this week. “Peace has been elusive…

[From the web] Duterte Threatens Summary Execution of Drug Suspects. Again – HRW

Duterte Threatens Summary Execution of Drug Suspects. Again. Philippine President Warns Cebu Detainees to ‘Stay in Jail’ By Deputy Director, Asia Division Human Rights Watch @PhelimKine Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a fresh reminder as to why his murderous “drug war” has earned United Nations and International Criminal Court scrutiny. Duterte issued a televised…