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[Right-Up] Teachers as Believers of Marcos Lies | by Norman Novio

Teachers as Believers of Marcos Lies

I cannot imagine as I truly lament teachers being Marcos apologists. They are the kind of human beings who first taught us the evils of cheating, lying, and any form of academic, behavioral, and disciplinary misconduct, but continue to defend a cheater and a liar joining the Philippine presidential race.

The biggest “scholastic dishonesty” that Marcos Jr. and his minions of teachers-apologist is when he lied about his educational achievements. I was surrounded by teachers at home and relatives and friends beyond it, both real and virtual. I cannot remember any of them lying about their educational status. Much more they are condoning those who lie about it or any other lies related to the pursuit of education, teaching in particular.

But some mentors are fighting nail and tooth for the truth about the evils of the Marcos dictatorship just like the teachers from all over the world condemning Hitler’s Nazi regime.

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[Right-Up] All Souls’ Day and the Petition for Disqualification of BBM | by Norman Novio

#HumanRights #NeverAgaintoTheMarcoses

All Souls’ Day and the Petition for Disqualification of BBM

Yesterday, All Souls’ Day, which was declared by President Rodrigo Duterte as a Special Working Public Holiday, a group of petitioners from the ranks of political detainees, human rights, and medical organizations that opposed the Marcos dictatorship filed a petition to disqualify Ferdinand Marcos Jr. from running as president in the May 2022 elections.

The Petition to Cancel or Deny Due Course the Certificate of Candidacy of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. under Section 78 concerning Section 74, Article IX of the Omnibus Election Code was filed with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), the country’s supreme poll body.

Fr. Christian “Toots” Buenafe, O.Carm. was one of the petitioners and said that Marcos’ Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) is full of false material representations claiming he was eligible to be a candidate for the upcoming national polls when in fact he is not. They claim that BBM is a convicted criminal, ergo, cannot be a candidate. For the record, Marcos was convicted by the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City in a July 27, 1995 Decision for his multiple failures to file income tax returns. Apparently, BBM did not pay his taxes for 4 years so it could be classified as tinted with moral turpitude.

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[Right-Up] Digong and Johnny, Classic Leviathans | Norman Novio

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Digong and Johnny, Classic Leviathans

Juan Ponce Enrile was Rodrigo Duterte’s special guest in the latter’s regular public address on May 17, 2021 and they spent a one hour and 10-minute of scratching each other’s back, flattering each other like toddlers.

President Duterte, who vowed to eradicate corruption until the end of his term, designated as his honorable guest last Wednesday former Marcos architect Enrile who is still facing one plunder and 15 graft charges because of the reported misuse of his priority development assistance fund (PDAF). Allegedly, Enrile endorsed the phony NGO owned by Janet Lim Napoles in exchange for bribes. Enrile’s chief of staff, Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, is still incarcerated at Camp Bagong Diwa for her alleged role in said scam. According to reports your old man Johnny and Gigi are lovers. Just this January, Reyes filed a motion for her temporary release citing that the corona virus might spread inside the prison facility. The Sandigangbayan instantly denied her bid.

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[Right-UP] Run, Sara, Run (Away) | by Norman Novio

#HumanRights #Election

Run, Sara, Run (Away)
by Norman Novio

Whether in times of pandemic or not, held elsewhere or right here in Occidental Mindoro, the “Run, Sara, Run” motorcade is a nasty manifestation and display of usual theatrics in pushing forward a phenomenon called political dynasty which is part and parcel of the dreaded traditional politics.

Traditional politics and political dynasty are the two deadliest pandemic in our country’s socio-political history. Traditional politics and political dynasty are cradles of weathervane politicians and butterflies, the bootlickers and their hardcore flatterers disguised as “concerned netizens”, the local politicians who hope to catch manna before 2022 from public gods upstairs and coagulate with them both in financial and organizational terms.

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[Right-Up] McCarthyism vs. Arts in the Time of Turmoil -by Norman Novio

#HumanRights #NoToRedTagging McCarthyism vs. Arts in the Time of Turmoil by Norman Novio

Last Tuesday’s (November 3, 2020) investigation on red-tagging by the Philippine Senate reminds me of the October 1947 hearing of the House Un-American Activities Committee or HUAC on the alleged involvement of some movie personalities in the Communist Party of America. I read about it in the 80s.

That was when McCarthyism invades the very fiber of American society. It was a raucous campaign against alleged communists in the US government and other institutions carried out by Senator Joseph McCarthy in the period 1950–54. Many of the accused were blacklisted or lost their jobs although a huge number of them, in fact, do not belong to the Communist Party.

“May tinatawag po na underground groups sa hanay ng mga manunulat, sa hanay ng mga artista, sa showbiz,” a witness said in a Senate hearing yesterday. “Hindi ko na sasabihin yung mga pangalan nila pero ang mga pelikula nila ay [inaudible], ‘Maynila sa Kuko ng Agila’ at ‘Walang Himala,'” he further said.

As a movie fan, this mixing up made my head twirl!

Around 15,000 families in the island province of Catanduanes, some province in the regions of Cordillera, Bicol and Southern Tagalog were affected by the recent typhoon. In Catanduanes, which is directly hit by TS Rolly, is in urgent need of food and water. The devastated island seeks aid, power and telco restoration in super typhoon’s aftermath. Yet, in the halls of the Philippine Senate that very day, McCarthyism prevailed over recovery from disaster, such as relief and rehabilitation missions.

As the hearing in the Senate transpires, the Philippines’ COVID-19 reached 387,161 and additional 1,772 cases plus 49 new deaths was reported by the Department of Health (DOH) when that man appeared before the Senate hearing Tuesday.

To the Filipino McCarthyists, as alleged, are hiding in the government program called National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC). They have included as targets of red-tagging and red-scare our patriotic artists.

History tells us that Joseph McCarthy was halted by then President Dwight Eisenhower. Red-tagging and red-scare will die and fade away in the long run when the righteous people appear from the political horizon at any given time and situation in the future. That is if we will sustainably expose and oppose such drastic acts detrimental to our enjoyment of our basic human rights.

Arts and truth combined can defeat all fascistic lies in this country and anywhere in the world. Filipino artists will continue heighten their quest for the truth by continuing with their crafts, by proving that in art there is might.

We all look forward for a society freeing up the arts and the whole of Filipino nation. Under those conditions artistic expression, and all other forms of expressions, would be totally liberated from McCarthyism and tyranny in whatever form.

Take no notice of McCathyists, heed the aspirations of the people through arts but not through arms!


(Photo: Galloway)

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[Right-up] The Buck-Toothed, Janitor-like Talking Chel Diokno -by Norman Novio

Photo taken at Freedom of Expression Conference 2 in November 2018 where Dean Chel Diokno was guest speaker. The event was organized by the Human Rights Online Philippines

Amid coronavirus outbreak, President Rodrigo R. Duterte lashed out at Chel Diokno in a late-night address yesterday saying, “Diokno is talking like a janitor. You know why you didn’t win in the last elections? Because you have big teeth. The way you talk, half of your jaw is showing.” The president just used faulty logic to make a point and this is nothing but a blatant personal attack. This fallacy occurs when someone refutes another’s ideas or actions by attacking the person, in this case, his physical attributes, rather than his thinking or deeds. I do not remember Diokno resorting to such remarks on the president ever.

Many of us are wondering why the president did say that Diokno is “talking like a janitor?” How does a janitor talks, by the way? This is just a guess: Duterte assumed that in general, janitors are trash talkers (with all pun intended)!

For some office people or those in the so-called white-collar jobs, the term “janitor” is derogatory because it indicates a low-skilled, low-paying position in the workplace. Do not get offended, you DDS janitors, “janitor” is not a dirty word, but the president has a divan-full of it.

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[Right-Up] The COVID-19 Nightmare and the Mangyans- by Norman Novio

Photo: Occidental Mindoro Getaways

I once worked for and with the Mangyans of Occidental Mindoro and even from the confines of my comfortable home today, I can’t help thinking about them with regards to the recent global outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. This includes Berto, the Tao-Buid tribesman and the unidentified Fufuama (tribal elder) sitting next to him as shown in the picture above.

While the mainstream local governments are busy with all their efforts to “flatten the curve” of the drastic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the already marginalized, geographically isolated and disadvantaged population of IPs are again apparently being neglected and abandoned, here and maybe elsewhere.

With the full implementation and the legal fruits of the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act or the RA 8371 is still to be fully enjoyed, the indigenous political structure they have been aspiring for still cannot gain equal opportunities as they have in the dominant civil authority or government. This ecologically-fragile island is home to more or less two thousand individual IPs and I believe that it is imperative that any government response to the pandemic should address the needs of all Filipinos, including our IPs, the Mangyans.

The most needed act of immediate and impactful relief to indigenous peoples/indigenous cultural communities (IP/ICCs) is by way of emergency relief in the form of food supply, specifically rice. Next is sustained health interventions in line with defeating this dreaded COVID-19.

This tragedy and health debacle that the world face today further isolated our brethren IPs from total human progress the rest of the modern world could offer. Because of the enhanced quarantine strictly implemented from the smallest sitio in rural areas of the country, to exclusive villages of the elites in the urban centers, the Mangyans cannot go to town and sell their produce, handicrafts, animals, and crops to earn a living. They also cannot work as daily wage earners in the nearby barrio. The situation of hunger is more distressing than the virus itself.

May I earnestly appeal to the civic organization and welfare institutions to please find ways to help the Mangyans by way of establishing a wide network of mission partners towards this end. This must start from religious organizations that have Mangyan ministries, the LGUs’ Mangyan affairs offices, the M or PSWDOs, the tribal Filipino organizations in coordination with the NCIP and your respective IPMRs. I just do not know.

But at the height of this emotional and invisible devastation, the Mangyans just stayed foot, waiting what will happen next. This virus caught them flatfooted and their totally livable customary practices are being affected.

The Mangyans are now at risk and isolated more than ever. They are extremely susceptible to disease not only because of a lack of health interventions from the government solely aimed at them and their situation. The Mangyans, especially those in the wild are unaware of what is happening in the world because they have no means to see or understand to look beyond the global window. God forbids, if the Mangyans get infected, their whole tribe could easily be infected and decimated by COVID-19.

Nothing is heard of from National Commission for the Indigenous Peoples or NCIP on this note. Seldom in the news, we can read about COVID-19 and the IPs and how it affects them. Such absence of anything from the commission would not flatten the curve of the pandemic, ever.

A human rights-based approach in regulating this pandemic is imperative aside from welfare-oriented ones. This cannot be against the rule of law and human rights protection. This is not Martial Law, the Writ of Habeas Corpus is still in effect. A certain top official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) should know this.

I cannot imagine how these IP/ICCs will go against COVID-19. Our public health system is truly frightening, especially when the weakest among our brethren have nothing to buy essential commodities in this time of COVID-19.

With or without the risk of COVID-19, the IP/ICCs are experiencing a lack of water access, poor health conditions, and malnourished children making them particularly susceptible to a COVID-19 outbreak. The immediate thing we could do is to give them food and nourishment to capacitate their immune system. If cases would start in the IP areas, with such vulnerability, a real catastrophe will fall upon them. It will create havoc in their communities. With that, the Mangyans will be erased from the face of the island.

I am saying this taking the risks of being branded as alarmist and/or conspiracy theorists.

Pray with me that this may not happen…

(Photo: Occidental Mindoro Getaways)

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[Right-Up] Sa panahon ng Covid-19, ang fighting spirit ng isang matanda at aktibistang pari sa Quezon ang isa sa mga nagpapalakas ng loob ko -ni Norman Novio

Sa panahon ng Covid-19, sa social distancing na bunga nito, ang fighting spirit ng isang matanda at aktibistang pari sa Quezon ang isa sa mga nagpapalakas ng loob ko. Noon pa man, noong nasa Social Action Center pa lang ako ng Bikaryato ng San Jose ay nakasama ko na siya sa mga panrehiyong pagtitipon para sa programa sa mga katutubo at kalikasan.

Ang ikuwento ko ang kanyang pinagdaan ay coping mechanism ko na nga rin pala sa lockdown dulot ng Covid-19. At alalahanin na rin sa mga taong pisikal kong nakasama na naging inspirasyon ko sa buhay. Buhay man o patay.

Si Fr. Pete Montellana, OFM ay matatag na naninindigan laban sa Kaliwa Dam kasama ng mga katutubong Agta sa kanilang lugar. Siya ang chairman ng Save Sierra Madre Network Alliance Inc. (SSMNA) at mula sa Diocese of Infanta, Quezon. Matapang pero mahinahon at buo ang loob na hinarap ni Fr. Pete, sa diwa ng panlipunang turo ng Simbahang Katoliko, ang tayo ni Pangulong Duterte sa simula pa na gagamitin niya ang lahat ng kanyang kapangyarihan bilang presidente para matiyak ang konstruksyon ng P18.7-billion China-funded Kaliwa Dam project sa mga lalawigan ng Quezon at Rizal. Hindi kaya ang mga proyektong ganito ang resulta ng panghihimasok ng tao sa kolonya o habitat ng mga hayop-ilang? Hindi kaya ang virus na ito ay likha ng encroachment ng modernisasyon sa mga liblib na lugar ng mga halaman at hayop gaya ng mga pook na wawasakin sa konstruksyon ng Kaliwa Dam?

Tuloy tayo sa kuwento ni Fr. Pete. Bago ko makalimutan, naging opinion writer din nga pala ng Inquirer do net, si Fr. Pete.

Noong Feebruary 17, 2020, habang putok na ang balita ng Covid-19 sa Wuhan, na-stroke si Fr. Pete. May blood clot na na-MRI sa kanyang utak. Inatake siya habang naka-upong resource person sa Senate Committee Hearing on Cultural Communities. Kagyat siyang isinugod sa Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital sa Sta. Mesa, Maynila at inoperahan sa ulo.

Simula pa lang nang imulat niya ang kanyang mata matapos ang operasyon, matatag pa rin siyang nanindigan sa kanyang pananalig at adbokasiya. Hindi siya pinanghinaan ng loob. Alagad siya ng Diyos, propeta siya ng kanyang pananampalataya, hindi siya kailanman kayang gupuin ng takot at kawalang-pag-asa.

Matapos lang ang tatlong araw, noong February 20, 2020, inilabas na siya sa ICU tungo sa regular room. At noong February 27, tuluyan na itong ini-release sa ospital.

Kilala rin si Father Pete bilang Shibashi practitioner. Ito ay serye ng apparently 18 energy-enhancing exercises that co-ordinate movement with breathing and concentration. Sabi, ang chest exercises daw at controlled breathing ay mabuting pampalakas ng resistensya at ng lungs. Tuwing itinuturo niya ito sa amin noon as ice-breakers sa mga training at seminar, naku-kornihan ako at natatawa. Hindi ako sumusunod sa Shibashi moves niya noon, gaya rin ng mga matitigas ang ulong kabataan na naglalamyerda pa sa panahon ng lockdown ngayon.

Pero lampas sa Shibashi, natutunan ko kay Father Pete na ang mga ordinaryong tao pala ay may kapangyarihang mag-“disinfect” ng mga tinatawag niyang systemic and social sins. Kaya nilang i-lockdown ang sistema at linisin ito, lipulin ang mga panlipunang virus o mikrobyong sumasakop at sumasalot sa atin.

Nasa utak pa rin ng pari na ang pagiging mabuting mamamayan at mapanalanginin ay ang pinakamabisang panlaban sa lungkot at takot.

Sa isang video na pinost kahapon, March 20, 2020 ni Mhedz Nacor Mulles, tila isang malapit na kamag-anak ni Fr. Pete, makikita ang pari na nagsi-Shishibashi na nagsasabing, “Kailangang masanay ang utak na nakakagalaw tayo, sa susunod, alam na niya”. “Kung nagsi-Shibashi na si Father, umiinog na naman ang daigdig niya,” sa loob-loob ko.

Malay natin, marami sa atin ay tulad ni Father na may pananampalatayang ‘di kayang igupo ng anumang trahedya. Ngayong nasa quarantine period tayo, try nating maging responsable at mapanlikhang mamamayan.

Malay n’yo, mamaya-maya ay i-ta- try ko na ring mag-Shibashi…

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[Right-Up] Occidental Mindoro and Ferdinand Marcos’ Martial Law – by Norman Novio

The people of Occidental Mindoro contributed not so many stories as possible references on Marcos’ despotic military rule. But in faraway town of Palimbang in Sultan Kudarat where some 1,500 Bangsamoros were slaughtered when soldiers attacked the coastal town in early 70s, merely mentioning the words “Mindoro Occidental”, make them shivers, especially the women,- in horror and lamentation.

Ferdinand Marcos’ Martial Law which he later called New Society has this essential characteristic in the context of Occidental Mindoro: it was submissive to foreign interests, specifically the United States, and that of his relatives and cronies. It facilitated the rape of our sovereignty and economy. In page 272 of the report of the National Committee for the Restoration of Civil Liberties in the Philippine titled Marcos and Martial Law in the Philippines published in 1979, the former strongman was quoted saying, “This American government is the leading power in the world. Of necessity, it has very strong influence in resources of help and is itself a source of aid. Again I say it is our hope…” In 1975, the whole island of Mindoro was considered laboratory of a project called Mindoro Integrated Rural Development Program or MIRDP. Despite of the socio-political horrors brought about by the dreaded Martial Law then, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (WB-IMF) granted Marcos’ authoritarian government a 50 million dollar worth of financial aid mainly for agricultural and infrastructure projects under MIRDP in two Mindoro provinces. On its part, the Marcos government initiated the Mindoro Agro-Industrial Rural Community Development (MAIRCOD) to implement animal dispersal projects as component of the Kilusang Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran or KKK which is under First Lady Imelda Marcos’ Ministry of Human Settlement. This was called “Mindoro Strategy”, a supposedly model program for the whole Philippines but not fully implemented due to corruption and bad management, among others, according to Volker Schult, author of “Mindoro: A Social History of a Philippine Island in the 20th Century: A Case Study of A Delayed Developmental Process” in 1991. The contractors and politicians close to Malacañang are the ones fully gained from it.

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[Right-Up] Beking Pari Ba ‘Ikamo? -ni Norman Novio

Beking Pari Ba ‘Ikamo?

Hindi naman talaga maitatatwa na mayroong mga beking pari sa Simbahang Katolika pero ano kayang pampatulog ang tinira ng pangulo na tila sa panaginip lang niya kinuha ang kanyang mga numero. Sa kanyang talumpati sa Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas (PAFIOO) na ginanap sa Rizal Hall sa Malacañan noong Miyerkules, Disyembre 5, 2018, sinabi niya na 90% ng mga pari sa Pilipinas ay bakla.

Pustahan tayo, ikaw na nagbabasa ng ng sulating ito ngayon ay may kilalang baklang pari, ‘di ba? Ilan sila, dalawa, tatlo, sampu o higit pa? Hayag man o hindi sila ay mga gay o homosexual.

Totoo na sinabi ni Pope Francis na, “Ang mga baklang pari ay dapat maging celibate at kung hindi ay umalis na sila sa pagka-pari”. Ang marami ay ipinapalagay itong pagsasabi ng, “Kung bakla ka huwag kang mag-pari o hindi ka dapat na pari.” Sa ganitong konteksto at sa nagdudumilat na katotohanan na marami talagang baklang pari sa Pilipinas (o sa buong mundo), madaling pagbintangan na ipokrito nga ang Simbahang Katolika. Ngunit kung ganito ang interpretasyon natin sa sinabi ni Pope Francis, mag-iiba na ang ating paninigin dito: “Ang mga baklang pari na hindi kayang mabuhay sa celibate life ay hindi maaring mag-pari.” Malinaw na ang diin ni Pope Francis ay sa celibacy at hindi sa sexual orientation ng isang pari o ng kandidato sa pagiging pari.

Bakla ka man o hindi, maliwanag lang na sa panahong ito ngayon, kung talagang gusto mong maging pari at magpatuloy sa pagiging pari ay dapat na namumuhay ka bilang isang celibate. Walang ka-kulakadidang at hindi nangha-hada ng sakristan. At siyempre pa, kung beki ka man, hindi ka dapat naka-lipstick, o naka-stiletto at naka make-up habang ginagampanan mo ang iyong administrative, pastoral at ministerial duties. Lalong hindi papayagan ng Simbahan na ang mga pari imbes na mag-suot ng sutana ay magsuot ng abito kagaya ng sa mga madre. Hindi pa pwede ang cross-dressing (no pun intended) na ganito. Hindi pa ito tanggap ng Simbahan. Hindi pa ngayon. Kaya meanwhile, habang habang hindi pa tegi ang mga matatanda at konserbatibong kardinal sa Roma and elsewhere, closet queen muna ang mga paring may “pinakatatagong lihim” (parang CST lang ang peg ‘no?).

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[Right-Up] Tumatagos sa Lahat ang Karapatang Pantao -Norman Novio

Tumatagos sa Lahat ang Karapatang Pantao

Masaya po ako dahil kahit pala ang isang parokyal na blogger katulad ko ay maitatampok din sa isang unibersal na tema ng human rights o karapatang pantao. Masaya dahil kahit na ang karamihan sa aking paksang tinatalakay ay naka-sentro sa Mindoro at Kanlurang Mindoro, ang isla at lalawigang aking pinang-galingan, sa loob ng lampas isang dekada kong pag-ba-blog, ang unang kumilala sa aking mga sulatin ay ang institusyong “from beyond” Mindoro pa, ang HR ONLINE PH at hindi ang mga institusyon sa aking lalawigan.

Maraming-maraming salamat po sa tumulong sa okasyong ito ng 8th Human Rights Pinduteros Award at sa mga online voters na tumuguyod sa aking nominasyon bilang best HR Blogsite.

Pero kung tutuusin, ang usapin ng karapatang pantao ay hindi natin maaaring ikahon sa isang dimensyon lamang ng buhay lipunan o sa isang gawain lamang tulad ng pagba-blog. Ito ay dapat tumagos sa pagsasakatuparan ng ating piniling propesyon at sa ating everyday life, so to speak.

Ang pagtataguyod, pagtatanggol at pagsasabuhay ng karapatang pantao ay ang palagian nating mithiin bilang guro (kagaya ng aking may-bahay na naririto ngayon kasama ko), duktor, manunulat, brodkaster, abogado, negosyante, pulitiko, magsasaka, mangingisda o sa anumang larangan ng buhay tayo nabibilang. Katulad ng ating pananampalataya, ito ay gabay natin sa ating bawat gawain sa opisina, sa kalsada, sa pagawaan, sa laot at maging sa bukid. Sapagkat ang karapatang pantao ay tumatagos sa lahat ng larangan ng buhay.

Kaya lahat ng Pilipino na wala dito ngayon, o yaong mga hindi pa isinisilang, o yung mga bumoto sa akin online ay pawang mga potential human rights advocate.

Inaasahan tayong magtataguyod sa dangal ng tao at maging responsible sa ating kapwa sa lahat ng oras. Sa anumang uri man tayo ng lupa tumubo, lumago at namunga,- sa Mindoro man or beyond.

Salamat sa lahat ng mga pinagpipitagang tagapag-taguyod, taga-pagtanggol at tagapag-patupad ng karapatang pantao sa bansa na naririto ngayon lalo na sa mga kapwa ko nominee.

Hayan sila ….
Batiin natin sila ….
Palakpakan natin ang isa’t-isa…

Nais kong espesyal na pasalamatan ang isa sa aking naging inspirasyon sa gawaing pang-karapatang pantao at malaki ang naging ambag sa paghubog ng aking pananaw hinggil dito. Kagaya ng mga propeta noon, hindi rin lubos na kinilala sa kanyang sariling lugar. Isang magiting na alagad ng Diyos at tanod-karapatan na kahit hindi ko pisikal na nakasama at hindi rin niya ako personal na kilala, ngunit ang mga kaisipan ay malalim na tumimo at humubog sa akin, kabilang ang iba pang human rights pioneers ng bansa na hindi na natin pisikal na kapiling ngayon.

Ang aking tinutukoy si Sr. Mariani Dimaranan na tulad ko na ipinanganak din sa Occidental Mindoro, sa Bayan ng Lubang, madre na unang namuno Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), institusyon na aking kinapalooban din noon. Si Sr. Mariani na nagpamalay sa atin na may dangal ng tao sa bokasyon. Nagturo sa atin na kaya man karapatang pantao dahil tayo ay nilikhang kawagis ng Diyos. Saglit po nating gunitain ang kanyang mga ambag at ala-ala.

(Pause for a while)

Human Rights Education Program o HREP regional coordinator ako noon ng TFDP-Southern Tagalog. That was 1990 at si Sr. Cres Lucero ang chairperson noon ng TFD. Lumubog ako sa gawain sa mahabang panahon while Sr. Cres led the institution in conducting massive human rights and peace education and trainings in a rights-centered approach and capacitated the paralegals with documentation and monitoring skills. Wala yata si Sr. Cres dito, pero sana pahabain pa niya ang kanyang buhay dahil marami pa siyang itatamang historical inconsistencies ni Juan Ponce-Enrile. Biro lang po.

This award is also dedicated to her and the present men and women from TFDP, notably my longtime friend and comrades Brenda Reyes and Jerbert Briola, the project coordinator of this event. Further, since I am now a government employee, I also share this to a fellow former TFDP worker na ipinagpapatuloy itagos ang karapatang pantao sa serbisyo publiko bilang mga lingkod bayan. Si SB Walter “Bong” Marquez ng Bayan ng Sablayan sa Occidental Mindoro na nagpatunay na kahit na ang taong-gobyerno ay pwede at dapat maging tagapagtaguyod ng human rights.

Gayundin sa taong unang humimok sa akin noong 2008 na ituloy ko lang ang pagba-blog na kahit ang mga bloggers ay walang editors at proofreaders ay may automatic grammar corrector naman daw ang computer, kay Joma Cordova.

Sabi ko kanina, tayong lahat ay potensyal na human rights advocate. Halimbawa, mula sa presidente hanggang sa mga guro, hanggang sa guwardiya, hanggang sa janitor ng isang tanggapan, lahat tayo ay marapat na nagtataguyod, nagtatanggol at nagsasabuhay ng karapatang pantao ng ating kapwa.

Ang masaklap, kung lahat tao maging yaong mga hindi pa isinisilang ay potensyal na human rights advocate, lahat ay potensyal ding human rights violator. (Isama na natin yung mga bomoto sa akin online!) Maaaring hindi natin namamalayan na tayo ay lumalabag na, sumasagka at walang pakialam sa dangal at karapatan ng iba: ka-trabaho, ka-pamilya at kababayan o maging sa mga social media friends natin na i-unfriend na natin at in-unfollow!

Probinsiyano po ako kaya hindi ko ganap na gagap at buong kaganapan (NatSit) ngayon pero hayaan po ninyong bigkasin ko ang isang tula sa aking blog entry noong ika-26 ng Hulyo, 2016 na pinamagatan kong “Alisin Mo Ang Lahat” sa kalagitnaan noon ng EJKs para lagumin ang mga kaganapan ngayon:

Alisin mo ang karapatang mabuhay
Lahat ng karapatang pantao’y wala nang saysay;
Alisin mo ang karapatang dinggin sa husgado
Sa lahat ng batas ay wala nang sisino;
Alisin mo ang pangamba sa patayang ito
Lahat ng patayan sa iyo na’y panuto;

Isa pa, when human right is retailed, na mukhang ito ang ipinamamayaning kaisipan ng gobyerno ngayon, the essence of human being is degraded wholesale.

Sa administrasyong ito na ang aksyon tungo sa pagtatanggol ng karapatang pantao ay itinuturing na karima-rimarim, habang ang paglabag dito ay ipinapalagay na kapunya-punyagi, marapat lamang na paigtingin natin ang ating hanay, patagusin lalo natin ang karapatang pantao sa lahat ng larangan. Tayo’y maging pinduteros para dito sa maraming paraan pero humuhugot sa iisang dahilan: ang itaguyod ang dangal ng tao.

Muli, maraming salamat at magandang gabi at mabuhay ang mga tagapag-tanggol ng karapatang pantao!
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(Talumpati ng Pagtanggap sana sa 8th Human Rights Pinduteros Awards Night noong ika-27 ng Nobyembre, 2018 sa Prime Hotel sa Lunsod Quezon. Pero hindi ako nagkaroon ng chance para basahin ito)

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[Right-up] Fiesta is temporary, work must be permanent -by Norman Novio

Fiesta is temporary, work must be permanent
by Norman Novio

On Labor Day, thousands or perhaps millions of workers will march on city streets to press for the ending of contractualization of labor. May 1, as I have pointed out time and again, falls on the Feast Day of my hometown’s patron, St. Joseph the Worker. The merriment appears to be endless like our working class’ demand to end contractualization commonly called as “endo”, slang for end-of-contract. The issue is not even part of political discourses in the whole non-industrial province of Occidental Mindoro much more mobilizations as such. The weeklong fiesta celebration starts today.

Endo just became the President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s presidential campaign promise showing that this administration who assured change remains under control of the capitalists. Philippines is controlled by the elite for the prominent legislators and politicians are also business tycoons and industry leaders demonstrating the link with wealth and power, politics and capital. The oligarchs remain strong and influential in this impoverished nation, then and now. What can one expect? Change, it appears, is still at the end of the dark tunnel.

The labor department’s DO 174 just institutionalized contractualization for it is a watered-down, weak and pro-capitalists order coming from the executive branch. The president tossed it to Congress for legislative action. Truth is, labor secretary Silvestre Bello III could easily end contractualization upon orders of his principal. It is crystal clear in Article 106 of the Labor Code that, “The Secretary of Labor and Employment may, by appropriate regulations, restrict or prohibit the contracting-out of labor to protect the rights of workers established under this Code.” For more than two decades, the labor department has adopted the weak approach and has chosen to restrict contracting arrangements instead of prohibiting “endo”. Since the beginning, the department’s method has been demonstrated to be a total letdown.

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[Right-up] When “Demons” Meet at Lent -by Norman Novio

When “Demons” Meet at Lent

When the president joked (?), “shot her in the vagina,” did you know that the genitals of women victims of Maguindanao Massacre were shot and slashed? This is what I’ve learned from Commissioner Karen Dumpit of Commission of Human Rights (CHR) speaking before the delegates of the 18th National Convention of the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) at Arnold Janssen Spirituality Center in BF Homes, Quezon City last February 22-24, 2018.

Being a former worker of TFDP in Southern Tagalog way back in the early 90’s as its human rights education regional program coordinator, I was chosen as one of the delegates to said convention. So, I took leave of absence from work going to the big city. Ms. Dumpit, by the way, is the same lady commissioner who once said in an interview that there is no need to “get into the quagmire of ridiculing other people just to make a point.”

As I have posted in my Facebook account, we gathered in this turbulent time when humane treatment to the poor and the drug addicts are considered treachery to the republic. The present government and the fanatics of the sitting president treated the human rights advocates in the same footing with the drug addicts, the terrorists and the criminals. They are considered as obstacles to whatever the former Davao City mayor wants to come about.

Long before he joked (?) to, “shoot her in the vagina,” he first encouraged the police to attack human rights groups and advocates like those gathered at Arnold Janssen Spirituality Center that day, by saying, “If they are obstructing justice, you shoot them.” Indeed, there is also a war waged against the human rights defenders. His fanatics, his blood-thirsty on-line warriors or trolls, believe that both the drug dependents and the human rights (HR) defenders are worthy of brutal eradication. To them, we are not just “destabilizers” but “demons” coddling the drug addicts and criminals. Sadly, HR concepts and HR defenders are demonized today more than ever.

“Duterte is just a continuum of Marcos,” says Ellecer Carlos of In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND). Duterte effectively “demonized” human rights but under the present regime, change solely rested on violent peace and order framework while the president’s economic program is only continued from his predecessors. It is more accentuated on the market growth than human needs. The choking-choking TRAIN is just an example!

As emphasized by Ms. Bembet Madrid, Program Coordinator of Fastenopfer/Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund, TFDP is an activists’ organization already embedded in the Philippine social system. Established in 1974 by the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philipines or AMRSP, it joined hands with victims of human rights violations and their relatives, workers, students, and other church-people, peasants and other democratic forces in the country in the struggles for human rights and democracy during the dark years of Marcos’ Martial Law and onwards. TFDP existed past over 7 Philippine presidents already, from Marcos the idol, to his avid fan Duterte. TFDP, according to Ms. Madrid, continue to remain relevant by being firmly rooted to the signs of times and grounded on social realities.

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