Making Things Count

IN his third State of the Nations Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raised an important pronouncement regarding the protection of the environment and the policy of the government to prohibit open pit mining.   “Do not destroy the environment or compromise our resources. Repair what you have mismanaged. Try to change management radically because this …

Step forward

If sabotaging the peace process was part of the plan in the SAF operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao then those behind it have almost succeeded. On January 25, 2015, government officials sent its commandos on an uncoordinated and special mission in the town of Mamasapano to serve an arrest warrant to an international terrorist, resulting to …

Beyond grief

It was a bittersweet parting for the year.  In the aftermath of typhoon Vinta, an estimated 57,000 evacuees in Mindanao, including 18,500 families in the 25 barangays of Davao City were displaced. It left 123 dead and 160 missing in Visayas and Mindanao.     Less than 24 hours and while the local government of Davao, including volunteers …

Whose Interest?

Breastfeeding may be the single most important intervention that can save the lives both of mothers and infants.  It can drastically reduce stunting, prevent child deaths and could be the most important investment that the government can make.   But it is also a politically charged issue.   Not only because males continue to ogle at women …

Pablo, Five Years After

Karla, 8 years old and resident of Barangay Andap, Compostela Valley recalls the early dawn of December 4 when their family and neighbours have to run away from rushing waters and rocks.   “Gigukod gyud mi sa tubig ug bato pero nisalig mi nga tabangan sa Ginoo mao nga niabot mi diri,” she said.  “Gunit-gunit gyud mi …

Public shaming

I was reading on my news feed when I came across the statement of health activists against the PDEA agents who announced in a press conference, that one of their apprehended suspect was HIV positive.  On Tuesday this week, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) arrested 11 males in a drug related raid in Taguig.  …