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.  …

President Duterte Asks ASEAN to Strengthen their Ranks; Says Globalization has damaged poor economies

DAVAO CITY, Philippines- President Rodrigo Duterte asked members of the Asian nation to put their acts together and forge links to strengthen their ranks in the face of globalization as many countries are lagging behind. Facing before the leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) “CEO Summit on Regional Economic Integration: Lessons Learnt from …