Bangsa Moro, current events, History

Federalism for All: Chance for lasting Peace

The Mindanao problem is ultimately a POWER problem – the power of one group over another. It is a problem of colonization. The fact that there was a law called the Legislative Act 4197 or Quirino-Recto Colonization of Mindanao Act, which was enacted on 12 February 1935 is very telling. The Commonwealth considered the Act… Continue reading Federalism for All: Chance for lasting Peace

culture, current events, Film Notes, Media Studies, socio-cultural

Films, Media Representation and Reality: Inclusion or Misrepresentation?

Not everybody can READ a film. That takes tons of reading materials, thousands of hours watching films of all kinds, understanding Film theories, Communication theories, Cultural Studies theories, and Media Literacy theories. Knowledge of world history, world mythologies, symbolisms, semiotics, and philosophy will come in handy, too. And of course, the skills to "read" media… Continue reading Films, Media Representation and Reality: Inclusion or Misrepresentation?

current events, political

Taking a Truthful and Factual Look at Marcos and the Martial Law Legacy

JSAP Statement on Marcos's Martial Law We live in an era of Fake News, Alternative Facts and Historical Revisionism. As we remember September 21, 1972, the official date of the declaration of Martial Law, let us remind ourselves of the facts surrounding this dark period in our history. As educators and media practitioners, we ask… Continue reading Taking a Truthful and Factual Look at Marcos and the Martial Law Legacy

covid19, current events, socio-cultural

The OCTA Case: Should lockdowns be the only weapon against rising Covid19 cases?

OCTA Research, "a polling, research and consulting firm", as described in its website, is under attack from some quarters for telling people that there is another surge in Covid cases and what is needed is another lockdown. I am glad that there is criticism, but the attack is against OCTA and not against the government.… Continue reading The OCTA Case: Should lockdowns be the only weapon against rising Covid19 cases?

current events

HRH The Prince Philip, the Queen’s “strength and stay”.

Rest in Peace HRH The Prince Philip, Prince of United Kingdom, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich. Husband and consort of Queen Elizabeth II of UK. He was two months short of being 100 years old. He was the son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg… Continue reading HRH The Prince Philip, the Queen’s “strength and stay”.

Bangsa Moro, current events

Moro Human Rights Defender Gone Too Soon

The day before yesterday, I saw in my FB Newsfeed that Atty, Zainudin S. Malang, the human rights lawyer, has passed away. It is so disheartening to lose an intelligent and freedom-loving Moro, esp. during this time when there seems to be very few left. In 2010, I got a long-distance call from Cotabato. It… Continue reading Moro Human Rights Defender Gone Too Soon

Bangsa Moro, History, political, socio-cultural

America and the Bangsa Moro through the years

The so-called Moro Conflict in the Philippines, which arguably does not end with the creation of the Bangsa Moro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), can be traced back to the United States of America. The various Moro Sultanates did not have a shared history with the conquered peoples of Luzon and Visayas. The Moro… Continue reading America and the Bangsa Moro through the years