By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
Pagbabago! and Ibon Foundation dare the Filipino people to be more critical in choosing their candidates. High on their “people’s criteria” are concrete steps by the presidential candidate to stamp out corruption and to promote human rights and stop abuses.

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
Online and in the streets, Judy Taguiwalo is an inspiration to a new generation of Filipino activists, particularly women activists. Her world view is shaped by our nation’s history — a history that not too many Filipinos had the courage to confront nor the opportunity or inclination to take part in. She insists on correcting mistakes and learning from them. And she roasts a mean chicken with Kikkoman and lemon grass.

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
Josie Lichauco, who passed away recently, was that rare person who, despite or perhaps because of, her rich and privileged background, found the courage to speak the truth and tilt at the windmills of arrogant power. She came down from her perch in high society and marched with the abused and the dispossessed.

“They are being taken out of their detention cells during the early morning to undergo interrogation and are brought back at night or dawn of the next day. They are being forced to admit that they are members of the New People’s Army (NPA). Some of them have big eye bags, indicating that they are being deprived of sleep. Some of them are still in solitary confinement,” said Roneo Clamor, husband of Dr. Merry Mia Clamor.

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
Jane was born with a positive point of view. “Jane is the type of person who would always smile even if she has problems,” her mother said. “Whenever I have a problem, she would always say, ‘You can handle it, Ma.’ That is why despite what they are going through she is always smiling and her morale is high. It’s as if we the relatives are the ones in jail.”