This is in reaction to the editorial “Hunger” (Inquirer, 3/2/13) which stated that “The raid (last Feb. 26) on the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Davao City would not have happened had national and local officials been sensitive to the situation of the survivors of Typhoon ‘Pablo’ from Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental.”
We commend as well as thank the Inquirer for giving a more accurate, rational and compassionate account of the protest of Typhoon “Pablo” survivors at the Department of Social Welfare and Development office in Davao (“Hunger,” Inquirer, 3/2/13).
By Rina Jimenez-David
Imagine A billion women dancing together, dancing to end violence against women. Or as the organizers of “One Billion Rising” put it: “One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. One billion women violated is an atrocity. One billion women dancing is a Revolution.”
By Cielito F. Habito
What do you do when 120 people claiming to represent close to 3,000 families march nearly 400 kilometers over two weeks to protest a development project purportedly meant to help them, but of which they assert the contrary?
THIS REFERS to the news item titled “Pangasinan groups broaden mining protest” (Inquirer, 11/25/12).
By Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas S. J.
One hundred twenty residents of Casiguran—representing at least 2,983 families coming from different sectors such as the farmers, indigenous peoples and fisherfolk—are marching 370 kilometers from Casiguran, Aurora, to Malacañang Palace, in order to highlight their opposition, long voiced by the local communities of Casiguran, to the Aurora ecozone. They will arrive in Manila today, Dec. 10, 2012, and will be welcomed by students from UP, Ateneo and Miriam. Fr. Jett Villarin, SJ, president of Ateneo, will celebrate Mass for them at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Gesu, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City.
Freedom of expression is the lifeblood of a vibrant democracy. Through expression, ideas are translated into words. Words are then solidified into action. Through determined collective action, these expressions are brought to life, transformed from mere ideas into noble social realities that are the foundation of an equitable and developed society.
This is in reaction to the news item “Abad tells activists: More funds won’t do.” (Inquirer, 9/26/11) Students took to the streets to protest the education crisis, not merely the budget cuts. Why does government find it hard to engage the claim of activists that the education crisis stems from several factors, and gives rise [...]
By Antonio Montalvan II
YOU WERE born yesterday. Your science is outdated. Your faith should be schizophrenic—leave it at your doorsteps. That, in recap, seemed to be what pro-RH Bill adherents are saying to those who oppose it. Watching ANC’s “Harapan” more than a week ago, the time has come for us to shift to what is not being [...]