Category: Democratic Space

Melissa Roxas, a US citizen survivor of abduction and torture Supports Burgos family and other families of desaparecidos

As a survivor of abduction by the Philippine military in 2009, my heart went out to the Burgos family after I heard the favourable news of the Philippine Court of Appeals ruling last week on the case of Jonas Burgos. After years of presenting the case before the Philippine Courts, the Court of Appeals has…

The following are some of college editors’ proposed 2013 New Year’s Resolution for President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, as compiled by the College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) national office: More prudent spending. The government should monitor spending especially with the implementation of the Sin Tax Law. – Patrick Ong, Editor in chief of The…

By ERICSON ACOSTA Political Prisoner Despite the grim reality of imprisonment, I have not, as of yet, been condemned to a total state of ignorance as far as current efforts of various committed art and cultural groups and alliances are concerned. Thanks largely to a good number of artists and writers who have generously been…

On the occasion of PM Stephen Harper’s State Visit to the Philippines 9 November 2012 Dear Mr. Harper, As Filipino Canadians with strong ties to our home country, we follow closely and with much interest your visit to the Philippines. In your visit, we hope that as the Prime Minister of Canada that you will…

For the Class 2012 of the University of the Philippines Congress of Teachers/Educators for Nationalism and Democracy- University of the Philippines (CONTEND-UP) 22 April 2012 The question has never been whether or not a UP graduate will succeed beyond the gates of the university. Doubtless, your UP education has sharpened your edges enough to cut…

James Balao, a member of the Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) has been missing since September 17, 2008, the day he was abducted by suspected state security forces in La Trinidad, Benguet. Below is the letter written by his siblings. Dear Manong James, We love you. We remember you everyday and today, April 19, your 51st…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR April 18, 2012 This is to clarify the issue of illegal wildlife poaching that sparked the stand-off between the Philippine and Chinese state forces in the heavily contested Scarborough Shoal. It should be clear that the problem is a concern of both the Philippine and Chinese governments, regardless of the still-unresolved…

Letter to the Editor September 30, 2011 Dear Editor, No poll can refute the fact that Filipino women, majority of whom are burdened with joblessness, lack of social services and injustice, are in fact faced with the direst of situations. This is our reaction to the Newsweek magazine’s report ranking Philippines as 17th best country…