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?
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
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
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
UBI: Universal Business Income, anyone?
Now that the government has started the dole-outs thru DSWD, DOLE, etc plus the food packs; why not shift to UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME (#UBI). Some of the US states are now starting it. More than 80% of the British public are for it, says a British MP in a Commons debate. In a situation like… Continue reading UBI: Universal Business Income, anyone?
Parasite (2019): Film as Art or Social Practice?
FILM AS ART OR AS SOCIAL PRACTICE When I was in graduate film school, I had a long-running discussion with the dean on whether Film should be viewed as Art or as Social Practice. In that college, the “politically correct” view was the Film-As-Social-Practice school of thought. I, on the other hand, stuck… Continue reading Parasite (2019): Film as Art or Social Practice?