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Ending misogyny is long, slow process

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In contrast to the Philippines where the case of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre seems to be in limbo, India is fast-tracking its trial of the New Delhi gang rape. Like the massacre allegedly perpetrated by members of the powerful Ampatuan clan and their minions, the gang rape has drawn publicity and condemnation worldwide, especially since it exposed the long-entrenched patriarchal practice in India of viewing female members of society as second-class citizens. Females in the country known as the world’s largest democracy have traditionally been subjected to sexual abuse, with the perpetrators usually going scot-free.

Posted: February 7th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Disenchantment eroding patriotic feelings

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Filipino community leaders in Hong Kong leading the drive for Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) have been finding more apathy than enthusiasm for the political exercise these days. Unlike in 2004 when the OAV was initiated, where registration and voting were enthusiastic, there is a general disillusionment today among overseas Filipino workers. The “walang nagbago(nothing has changed)” attitude prevails, with migrant workers feeling that their concerns have not been met by the Aquino administration, which most of them had backed.

Posted: December 18th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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