It’s a bit late to write something about this, but a couple of weeks ago I joined a fact-finding and humanitarian mission to Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur — two provinces in the hotbed of Moro rebellion. The mission was a revealing one, and confirmed our worst fears about the conflict. Namely, that most of what had been reported in media — the supposed civilian killings by Moro rebels, for one — are, to put it kindly, inaccurate.
More on this later when I will have finished my article. Meanwhile, you may want to see some of the photos that I took:
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Pinoy Weekly has put up a counter in its website — one that counts the days lapsed since its columnist Atty. Remigio Saladero Jr. was unlawfully abducted and arrested. This also represents the number of days justice has eluded our gallant columnist. As many of you may know by know, Atty. Saladero’s columns are some of PW’s more popular reading fares, and we were supposed to be preparing a book compilation of his columns before the abduction and arrest happened. We litteraly count the days when he is freed.
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It’s voting time in the US. And while most progressives in the US have been banking on Barack Obama to lead the country into the post-Dubya, depression-era future, many have doubted that the African-American Democratic candidate can actually turn the tide of US foreign policy. In the Philippines, progressives seriously doubt that radical change will ensue with an Obama presidency (note that during the campaign, when President Arroyo visited the US, Obama praised the latter’s presidency and the two countries’ “friendship” through the years). Here is the news story on it:
In any case, it’s still a joy to see the Obama campaign galvanizing US progressives to mobilize people against Bush’s war of aggression in Iraq as represented by John McCain. Michael Moore’s newest documentary film, Slacker Uprising, is particularly interesting — the first time a filmmaker of note gave away his film for free downloading in support of a cause. (Only US citizens may be able to download the film, though I don’t think that Moore would object if you try downloading it through torrent):
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More than a few UP alumni have been asking: DO THEY REALLY HAVE TO DO THIS? I’m referring to the UP Singing Ambassadors serenading President Arroyo in Malacanang recently. Whatever the reason, however large the paycheck (or honorarium, or whatever), they said, the “scholars of the people” have no business serenading a president “responsible for extra-judicial killings, economic sabotage, and wanton corruption” among many other things.
I used to like the Singing Ambassadors. When I was freshman, they were among those who sang in our freshman orientation program and in our dormitory. The singing was pretty fantastic. I dunno what happened to them, but years later, I got to see them again — serenading former Richard Nixon aide and one of the chief architects of the US-Indochinese war, Henry Kissinger, when UP gave the latter an honorary doctorate during the late 90s.