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[From the web] Gutom o Pakikiisa? -The GUILDS

Kung masakit na ang mamatay sa epidemyang wala pang lunas hanggang sa ngayon, mas masakit ang makitang mamatay sa gutom ang sariling pamilya dahil kailangang “sumunod na lang.”

Sa gitna ng lumalala at dumarami pang kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa, masasalamin ang tunay na kalagayan ng bawat mamamayang Pilipinong nakikipagsapalaran sa labas ng kanilang mga tahanan. Sa ganitong sitwasyon, maituturing bang katigasan ng ulo ang paghahanap-buhay upang may maipanglaman sa kumakalam na sikmura?

Ang pagpapaigting ng ‘quarantine’ sa buong Luzon ay mananatiling para sa mga nasa itaas kung hindi aamyendahan at pagplaplanuhang mabuti ng pamahalaan ang kanilang mga hakbang. Itutulak lamang nito sa bangin ng kagutuman ang mga nasa laylayan.

Matatandaang inihayag sa press conference ni Pangulong Rodrigo R. Duterte noong Martes, Marso 18 ang nasabing pagpapaigting na may direktibang nagbabawal sa pagbiyahe ng mga public transportation, at operasyon ng mga kumpanyang hindi saklaw ng nasabing utos mula sa Pangulo —mga kumpanyang may libu-libong manggagawa na kung hindi kakayod ay walang maiuuwi sa kani-kanilang mga pamilya.

Kung hihimayin sa mas detalyadong larawan, hindi lamang ang mga manggagawang Pilipino kung tutuusin ang higit na pumapasan sa epekto ng krisis pangkalusugan. Tandaang hindi lamang tayo ang mamamayan at Pilipinong naninirahan sa bansa. Nariyan din ang mga kababayan nating walang mauwiang tahanan —silang tinabingan ng naglalakihang gusali ng kalakhang Metro Manila at iba pang panig ng bansa. Silang halos hindi na nakikita ng mga nasa itaas.

Hindi rin naman lingid sa atin ang daing ng mga kababayan nating naiipit sa mga checkpoint nang maging ganap na epektibo ang naging mandatong nakapaloob sa ‘enhanced community quarantine’ —muli, hindi naging malinaw ang pagbababa ng mga polisiya gayong mayroong naunang direktiba ukol sa pagpapasok ng mga residente na may maipapakitang ID bilang patunay na sila nga ay lehitimong residente o kaya’y manggagawa ng mga kumpanyang nakabase sa loob ng Metro Manila.

Oo nga’t may aksyon ngunit hindi tiyak kung ang tinatahak bang daan ay patungo sa mas progresibo at epektibong pamamaraan.

Walang mali sa pagpapaulan ng papuri sa mga bayaning walang pagdadalawang isip na sinusuong ang panganib na hatid ng COVID-19. Nararapat lamang ito bilang pagkilala sa kanilang mga sakripisyo maibigay lamang ang kalidad na serbisyo para sa kapwa nating mga Pilipino.

Ngunit, hindi rin siguro mali na kilalanin natin ang sakripisyo ng mga manggagawa at mga kababayan nating pilit itinatago ng gobyerno sa mapagbalat-kayong mukha ng pag-unlad dahil gaya ng ating mga frontliners, buhay rin ang itinataya nila mapunan lamang ang kumakalam na sikmura ng kanilang mga pamilya. Bukod sa mga bayani nating healthworkers, maituturing din silang bayani ng kanilang mga pamilya.

Kung kaya’t marapat lamang na gawin ng mga lokal na pamahalaan nang mabilis at wasto ang kanilang mga hakbang upang tugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga Pilipinong walang kakayahang mabuhay nang hindi nagbabanat ng buto sa loob sa isang buwan, o ‘di kaya’y maski sa isang araw.

Nararapat lamang na kung mananatili ang mga polisiya ng nasabing quarantine ay malapatan ng sapat na solusyon ang mga taong direktang apektado nito. Nararapat na maigayak sa lalong madaling panahon ang mga dapat na ipantugon upang hindi na ito magdulot ng mas lalong kapahamakan.

Totoong pagkakaisa ang kailangan sa panahon ng krisis. Ngunit para sa mga mamamayan nating maralita at walang kakayahang mag-imbak ng makakain na sasapat hanggang sa pagtatapos ng nasabing quarantine, at bagaman naroon ang matinding pagnanais na makiisa, hindi rin nila masisikmurang panoorin ang pamilyang mamatay kung hindi man sa epidemya, ay sa kumakalam naman na sikmura.

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[From the web] Confidence building -PhilStar.com

EDITORIAL – Confidence building
The Philippine Star
March 02, 2012


What happens when a member of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front is “suspended” by its leadership? Does it include being temporarily disarmed? Will the suspended member follow the lead of MILF commander Ameril Umbra Kato and simply form a breakaway group? And who can verify if the suspension has truly been carried out?

The government, which continues to explore long-term peace with the MILF, will just have to take the word of the group for it. The other day, the MILF leadership announced that three of the group’s commanders based in Basilan had been suspended for three months for their direct participation in the ambush of Army Special Forces and Scout Rangers in the town of Al-Barka on Oct. 18 last year. Nineteen soldiers were killed. The MILF’s chief peace negotiator said the three would undergo an education seminar on the peace process.

Read full article @ www.philstar.com

[In the news] EDITORIAL – Priority for the year – www.philstar.com

EDITORIAL – Priority for the year
(The Philippine Star) January 02, 2012

 The year ended with holiday merriment tempered by the continuing misery of thousands of people in the flood-stricken areas of Mindanao. The devastation caused by the flashfloods spawned by tropical storm “Sendong” capped a year that saw rare natural catastrophes, including a storm surge in Manila Bay that destroyed the sea wall and submerged Roxas Boulevard in several feet of water.

Rare, extreme weather was not unique to the Philippines in 2011. Japan suffered its worst tsunami following a powerful earthquake in March, while Thailand still has to recover from over a month of flooding that inundated even the capital Bangkok. Tens of thousands died from the worst drought in 60 years in southeastern Africa.

The year opened with a landslide triggered by incessant rains outside Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, which left 800 dead and 400 missing. In the same month, the northeastern United States saw up to 20 inches of snow in what was dubbed as the “snowpocalypse.”

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EDITORIAL – Impunity | The Philippine Star News Opinion

editorial cartoon by Philstar.com

EDITORIAL – Impunity | The Philippine Star News Opinion.

Source: Philstar.com (The Philippine Star)

On the sixth anniversary of the murder of a crusading journalist, a radio broadcaster was shot dead in Malabon City. Investigators believe the murder of Marlina Sumera had something to do with her role in a homeowners’ association rather than her work as host of a public service program on radio station dzME. But the only way to find out is to catch her killers. And as of yesterday – over a week after she was gunned down in the morning of March 24 – no suspect had been arrested.

Six years ago on March 24, newspaper columnist Marlene Garcia Esperat was shot dead near her home in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat. Three men were convicted of the murder, but two government officials accused of ordering the killing have escaped prosecution and no mastermind has been punished. This is typical of many of the murder cases involving journalists. The failure to punish perpetrators made the Philippines rank third in the 2010 global impunity index prepared by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.

Only last January, another radio broadcaster was shot dead in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan. Gerardo Ortega was a vocal critic of mining operations in the province. Former provincial governor Joel Reyes has been implicated in the murder; he has denied the charges. The alleged gunman, arrested shortly after the killing, said he was paid to assassinate Ortega. Whether this case will prosper and Ortega will get justice remains to be seen.

Sumera, president of the Silonian Homeowners Association in the Malabon barangay of Maysilo, was reportedly involved in a dispute over property development with a rival homeowners’ group. Police have tagged a woman as Sumera’s likely killer. The woman, believed to be a hired gun, is also wanted for the murder of a barangay captain in Navotas on March 15.

Whether or not Sumera’s killing was related to her broadcasting work, every murder must be solved. So far, too many murders targeting journalists are still waiting to be solved nationwide. This failure breeds the impunity that encourages more attacks.