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?

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

Newspaper article, socio-cultural

Animal rights or animal welfare?

Republic Act 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act was the culmination of Nita Hontiveros-Lichauco's long years of active campaigning and lobbying for the protection of animals in the Philippines. Ms. Hontiveros-Lichauco  is the President and guiding light of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). President Fidel V. Ramos signed that law on February 11, 1998… Continue reading Animal rights or animal welfare?

Bangsa Moro, Newspaper article, socio-cultural

Of Sheikhs and Harems: Polygamy in Islam

On February 12, 2000, my article on harems and polygamy in Islam was published at The Philippine Post. I wrote it for the Valentine season. The year after, I was informed that two of my articles Of Sheikhs and Harems: Polygamy in Islam and Once Upon A Time: Sarangany Island were two of the 7… Continue reading Of Sheikhs and Harems: Polygamy in Islam

culture, current events, Media Studies, political, socio-cultural

PRESS FREEDOM: The crux of the ABS-CBN franchise denial

For the past few weeks, the Filipino public has been bombarded with a barrage of propaganda on the side of the President's men about the alleged violations of ABS-CBN radio-TV network. On the other hand, ABS-CBN's cable channels have been bombarding the viewers with interviews and testimonials of people claiming that their lives would not… Continue reading PRESS FREEDOM: The crux of the ABS-CBN franchise denial

socio-cultural

FB Notes: Covid19 in Philippines – March 2020

I decided, quite belatedly, to document my thoughts on Covid19 as recorded in Face Book. through my posts, likes and shares. This is for the month of March 2020: FB posts re Coronavirus: On Mar. 3, 2020, I liked a post that linked to a news story headlined "Duterte Admin, Pinapasok ang 536,205 Chinese sa… Continue reading FB Notes: Covid19 in Philippines – March 2020