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
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
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?
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”.
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
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
This month, instead of attending webinars, I was asked to speak in two of them. The first was on Oct. 10, 2020 by a US-based group Kinding Sindaw. October has been celebrated as the Filipino-American History Month in the United States since 1992. As part of the the Fil-Am History celebration, I was asked to… Continue reading Speaking in webinars this October 2020