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I was once a Marcos apologist, but never again

I shamefully admit that I was once an admirer of the late President-Dictator Ferdinand Marcos for a brief period after one of my high school friends brainwashed me as he was telling me some promising (but actually deceiving) Marcos stories. Two years ago, I was taking a bus ride from …

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Never forget, never again

People have become so fixated in making Martial Law the story of two rivaling families: the Marcoses vs. the Aquinos—the Reds vs. the Yellows. The people have become so engrossed in this false dichotomy that they have forgotten that it was the Filipino people who truly suffered during this decade—they …

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A hero’s grave for a mass murderer’s body

They have buried the body, secretly, while the country was still grieving the Supreme Court’s decision. They have buried Marcos, but let us not do the same thing with our memories, because history is not a corpse we bury. It lives. It breathes. And if only history had hands, then …

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Unnecessary inconvenience

It was the last day of the adding and dropping period when I woke up earlier than usual, perhaps like any other students who wished to process all their documents for enrollment that day. I went to the university only to discover that all offices were closed. I was as …

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Nonexistent service and protection

Patriotic groups are supposed to feel safe in the country they try to safeguard, but in the Philippines, they are dispersed, gassed, and violated in the most inhumane manner by the sector that should supposedly ‘serve’ and ‘protect’. Today, indigenous people, peasants, and human rights groups among others, protested in …

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Beyond comfort (rooms)

University president Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ’s decision to designate all gender restrooms in the school campus was met with cheers and joy from the institution’s LGBT community. The designation of all gender restrooms may seem trivial for some, yet it is considered to be a victorious milestone for the members …

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Seven-day ceasefire and the need for discernment

What has happened recently between President Rodrigo Duterte and the CPP-NPA (Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army) is a manifestation of the need for mutual understanding, patience, and unhurried, well-thought decisions. In his SONA in July 25, the President declared a unilateral ceasefire with the CPP-NPA. The …

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Violence and ideology: A cycle

Terrorism has become a “trend”. On September 11, 2001, nearly 3000 people were killed when the Islamist extremist group Al-Qaeda hijacked airplanes and forced them to crash into the World Trade Center in New York City. This attack is forever immortalized in human history as the 9/11 attacks. In November …

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Reshaping perspectives

On the 12th of the Pride Month, as 2 A.M. approached, a man named Omar Mateen parked his van outside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida where around 300 people were happily dancing and enjoying their night. Two minutes after, the same man marched inside the gay nightclub with a …

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At the Grand Rally

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Despite studying in Davao for 5 years, I have never met the Mayor in person.  When I knew there was a Grand Rally, I only thought it would be filled with Davaoeños, considering the day was also a holiday in celebration of the 79th Araw ng Davao City. Earlier yesterday, …

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