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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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Losing, Winning

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  This article was first published in Atenews’ 2016 election issue. We know the cycle. Someone decides to run. Someone else runs. And another. And another. Then an issue about a candidate is brought up. Which will be followed by another candidate’s issue. Followed by another. And another. That’s just …

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Finding the Beng Hernandez in you

She is not just a painting inside the Atenews office or a symbol of a martyr journalist. The name Ate Beng is worth more than all the admirable labels that we ascribe to her. Ate Beng or Benjaline Hernandez, is what most journalists in Davao say as an ideal journalist, …

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Heads “or” tails

Corruption is not an inherent element in a society. It is planted and cultivated. It is a product of choices—our choices. All those money-hungry politicians did not put themselves into those positions. They are incapable of doing that alone. They need a voting mass—a clump of followers who are as self-interested as they are. …

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Sorry scapegoats

The lumad situation is intimate and complex. The evilest thing a civilian could do as a response is to reduce their struggle to an NPA issue. Across Mindanao, lumad communities are fleeing their lands as continued militarization and senseless bloodshed violate the lumad’s sense of safety in their own homes. …

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What Heneral Luna tells us

How Heneral Luna was extended to be shown in cinemas made us wonder what this was all about aside from another movie about a hero textbooks present objectively. We thought Filipinos in general already slipped to dreaming about predictable and misleading trend of local mainstream romantic movies these days. This …

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Indifference, Aylan, and Ateneans

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Human indifference. The latter word is defined by Merriam-Webster as a ‘lack of interest in or concern about something: an indifferent attitude or feeling’. When the body of the three-year old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi was found ashore on a Turkish beach last week, Europe’s migrant crisis drew international outrage. …

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