ABS-CBN Shutdown, a Disservice to the Filipino

May mahaba akong essay na laan sana rito ito, pero na-realize ko, parte ng pribilehiyo ko bilang bahagi ng industriyang ito na naiintindihan ko ang koneksyon ng kagustuhang ipasara ang ABS-CBN sa pagsikil sa kalayaang mamahayag. Pero hindi lahat gets kung bakit mahalaga ito. ‘Yung iba, hindi makaalis sa sarili nilang privileged bubble kaya hindi…

‘Huling Habilin’ of ‘Comfort Women’ for Duterte

Saturday, March 3, passed quietly without fanfare. But it is an important day in history. March 3, 1945 marked the end of the Battle of Manila to liberate the Philippines after three years of Japanese aggression. It is widely considered as one of the greatest tragedies of the Second World War where 100,000 men, women,…

Pressuring Press Freedom

One of the core principles of journalism is to be the watchdog of authority figures, especially the government. It aims to provide transparency and break the walls between power and the people. Shenanigans, propaganda, and all that — trust the media to find that out. Given this, it is not surprising when a government official…

No, Mr. President, I Do Not Feel Safe

I live in Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City, adjacent to the Camanava district in Northern Metro Manila. Early morning, Friday, August 18, the Northern Police District was wrapping up their overnight drug sweep of Camanava that yielded 24 deaths, and 36 arrests. That same Friday, at around 1:30 am, I went home later than usual…

No Monkey Business: Banana Farmers to Corporate Giant Lapanday

Like food for the gods, the Cavendish bananas of Tagum City, Davao Del Norte are spotless. Sealed with stickers to mark their perfection, they are being shipped to countries in the Asia Pacific contributing billions to the domestic economy. But what many don’t know, these bananas were grown on a soil soaked with sweat and…

To the Boy Who Lost His Father to the Drug War

It was eight o’ clock in the evening along Taft Avenue in Manila when a street child was going around each store to ask for food, if not for some coins. He was thin, muddled, and soaked in the rain. He approached me with the usual demand, “Kuya, pahingi naman ng pambiling pagkain.” (Older brother,…

Year of the Rooster

Hudyat ang bagong taon ng simula ng panibagong siklo ng pag-ikot ng mundo sa Araw. Natuldukan na ang mapanghamon at madalas malupit na mga araw ng 2016, subalit entrada lang ang mga iyon sa mga paparating pa ngayong bagong taon. Bukod sa kapalaran ng bawat isa, o ang kahihinatnan ng tambalang KathNiel, JaDine at iba pa…

News Hugot 2: Irreconcilable Differences

Sometimes, life is better than the best telenovelas. And such is the case with what’s happening in the news. After our first News Hugot dealt with extra-judicial feelings, here is a new set of wisdom from our newsmakers that ordinary people can relate to. Terms that we usually hear in divorces and annulment proceedings are now part…