A new Philippine future beside the exodus?

by JEREMAIAH M. OPINIANO EVERY seventh of June, a Southeast Asian archipelago commemorates the “heroism” of compatriots who have been a visible reason for the steady growth of their motherland’s economy. The celebration is National Migrant Workers Day, and the date’s historicity is brought about by the passage of a law to protect the rights …

Mindanao IP’s lambasts terror-tag on UN rapporteur Corpuz, indigenous leaders

(A PRESS STATEMENT) The Mindanao-wide alliance Kusog sa Katawhang Lumad sa Mindanao (Strength of Indigenous Peoples, KALUMARAN) assailed the terrorist-listing of United Nations Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz as “the highest manifestation of the extent of criminalization of indigenous leaders in the Philippines especially in Mindanao.” “We reiterate that the Philippine government is …

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 …

Growing up and getting old, with Davao-Digos unfinished road

I was a child  when my mother and I started to travel the North Cotabato-Davao road. Travelling along the “humpy-bumpy” road is like riding a wild horse. Dusty when it’s sunny and murky when its rainy. I was so happy, seeing workers cementing portions of the cracked stretch of barangay from Dolo highway, in the …

SAF 44 commandos remembered, Justice still not served

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Exactly three years today, 44 brave members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) sacrificed their lives to serve warrant of arrest against Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir, alias Marwan at Tukanalipao in Mamasapano, Maguindanao province, but up until now justice remain elusive. In many regions where the fallen …

Off the record

Journalists launched a Black Friday Protest to protect press freedom in the country. But behind the much talked, much publicized, press freedom issue, members of the working press continue to suffer and agonize a much bigger problem– from unfair labor practice to harassment in the workplace down to security  problems which many media industry disregarded …

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 …