Jovito Salonga: Pasigueño, Guerilla, Blast Survivor, Senate President

“The Nation’s Fiscalizer” was the title that the Philippines Free Press had given this rising vocal senator in 1968 who has voiced his opposition on the growing authoritarian ways of the Marcos administration in every step of the way. His oratory skills in the Senate floor was legendary. He was but among the several cacophony…

A Tribute to the OG Revolutionary

What does it take to be a hero? Is fighting for justice not enough to demonstrate our love for country? Should there be a majority of support for a belief to be deemed the right one? These questions hound my mind as the country commemorates the birth of one of the country’s national heroes and…

Love in the Time of Martial Law

Editor’s Note: Just in case you think it’s unimportant — Moving On from Martial Law? Fe and Roger had been co-teachers in a university for quite some time, occasionally exchanging nods and “hellos” inside the campus. But it was only when Roger won his first Palanca award on his poem “Mga Duguang Plakard” (Bloodied Placards) that Fe took…

Desaparecidos: The Effects of Their Mysterious Abductions

Desaparecidos are people who vanished without a trace and against their will. The term has roots in Latin America to describe a person who has been secretly imprisoned or killed during a government’s program of political suppression. These abductions happen in the Philippines too. The Philippine Constitution guarantees protection against enforced disappearances. Any arrest or detention needs…

Tibak: Confessions of a College Activist

My mom reminded me not to be an activist when I passed the UPCAT. I was finally going to be an Iska (Iskolar ng Bayan). Of course I said yes like an obedient daughter. What did I know? But well, I immediately got involved in activities that brought me to the path of a true blue “tibak.” Or shall…