Category Archives: ejk

TO THE POINT: Did He Admit or Not?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 Oct) – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, speaking to newly-appointed career officials in Malacañang last September 27, made a statement in Tagalog which his critics gleefully interpreted as an admission of his responsibility for the extra judicial killings in his two-year anti-drug war. Frantic denials and clarifications from his top […]

TURNING POINT: Hooked in the Mouth

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 29 Sept) — Television is a global communication medium, where what you say, how, when and where you say it is heard and is witnessed by a multitude worldwide. Not only that, the event can be recorded and may be repeatedly shown to many more anytime and may be used […]

Fierce Urgency of Then & Now

I wrote this piece – The Fierce Urgency of NOW – on Feb. 21, 2008.  Yet ten years later, while a lot of things changed, a lot remained the same. In fact, things have gotten worse, both in the US and in the Philippines. For a while, the people of the US and the Philippines… Read More Fierce Urgency of Then & Now

PEACETALK: Stop the killing  start the healing. Resume Peace Talks. End Martial Law in Mindanao.

(Pre-departure statement of Redemptorist priest Amado L. Picardal on March 14, 2018, start of his 16-day “Bike for Life and Peace” journey from Baclaran in Metro Manila to Iligan City in Mindanao). Today, here at the Shrine of Our Mother Perpetual Help,  I start my 1,500 km Bike for Life & Peace across Southern Luzon, […]

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Lamentation from the Land of EJK

The bullet-riddled corpses sprawl on the sidewalks, the dark alleys or inside the shanties waiting to be laid to rest in public cemeteries or dumped in common graves. The inconsolable widows & orphans or shocked fathers and mothers cannot not afford to bury them for the police are making a killing out of the killings […]

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LATE BLOOMS: Seven Bullets*

*Dedicated to Albert Cyril Lim Ouano (Cor Jesu College Class of 1990), gunned down in Digos City on the night of 16 January 2017 Strangers, we weren’t exactly but I didn’t I don’t know you really. Our paths once crossed but we never were not ever close. I don’t even remember when but it has […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Arrival from Cambodia, Singapore. 16-17 Dec 2016

Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk ARRIVAL STATEMENT OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE FOLLOWING HIS STATE VISITS TO CAMBODIA AND SINGAPORE [Delivered at Davao International Airport, Davao City| 16 December 2016] Kindly sit down. Thank you. Alam mo sa totoo lang, I’m a guy that’s not really up to traveling. I hate to travel. If […]

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: In elections near and far, a distant hope in a dialogue of restorative justice

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Nov) – Last week, I re-posted the comment of a Muslim friend here in Mindanao, Philippines, with his critical perspective on the decision by the Supreme Court last week to allow the burial of Ferdinand Marcos (FM) in the Philippines’ National Heroes Cemetery. This was based on his personal experience of the […]

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: Soul Searching and Peaceweaving in the (r)age of Duterte (Part 1)

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 October) — The following is an expanded version of my presentation to the Mindanao Peaceweavers network meeting last October 15, 2016. We are currently living in a state of fear, when it comes to discussing issues of human rights, peace, and the war on drugs. Why do I say this? Because whenever […]

Drug killings dominate balitaan drills of graders

By Karol Ilagan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism MARAGONDON, Cavite – Since school opened last June, the balitaan portion of eighth-grader Micaella Javier’s Araling Panlipunan class has been full of reports on the deaths prompted by President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s war on drugs.Save for stories about the State of the Nation Address and the controversy […]