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Photography on Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day, which this year fell on May 11, was just a day after the fourth anniversary of my mother’s death. She would have been 89. When she was diagnosed with advanced lymphoma, I came home to help out with her hospice care. I took many photographs, trying to document her last days. I haven’t looked at those photos since she died. Recently, I found myself going through them.

Posted: May 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The pastoral and the liberal: Reflections on the RH bill

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I spent over 11 hours at the House of Representatives with my friend Lila to watch lawmakers deliberate and finally vote on the reproductive health bill on second reading. The RH debate has been unusual in that it suggests how familial, regional and class interests are at times trumped by what Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello calls “values.” Anti-RH lawmakers announced their opposition to the bill, for example, as a matter of conscience or faith. They painted paranoid visions of contraception as leading to corruption and abortion. Reproductive health as population control assures nothing less than a coming Filipino holocaust. This sort of hyperbolic and extremist discourse coming from leaders of the anti-RH camp has led to the demonization of pro-RH supporters.

Posted: December 16th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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