Opinion

Continued support to strengthen education sector, help teachers and students amid pandemic assured

Published 2 day(s) ago

I VOWED to support and pursue measures that would strengthen the education sector and promote the best interest and welfare of students and teachers during the thanksgiving tribute organized by the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations of the Philippines (COCOPEA) for the authors of the Proprietary Educational Institutions Tax Act.

Catastrophes already upon the world

Published 2 day(s) ago

WE must face the unpleasant and painful truth about what is happening to the planet and our lives.

Walden could never be like Sara

Published 2 day(s) ago

WALDEN Bello has carved his name in various issues that range from economy, environment, human rights and politics all anchored on communist ideology.

MCOs of so-called electric cooperatives be recognized, enough is enough of oligarchical control

Published 5 day(s) ago

AS the 2022 elections is fast approaching, it has become imperative to bring to the fore a great social injustice that is being committed against the Filipino people by the oligarchs.

Migrant fishermen and debt bondage

Published 5 day(s) ago

THE delicious seafood in a menu might have a dark side: labor issues involving migrant fishermen that have long troubled the global fishing industry.

Pedophiles abuse children while authorities, courts sleep

Published 6 day(s) ago

THE recent decision of the Department of Education (DepEd) to dismiss for “grave misconduct” from the teaching profession Franco N. Aranas, a teacher in New Cabalan High School, Olongapo City should have been a swift decision to protect children and see justice done.

Philippines: A highly skewed societal order; Social change to democratize wealth & power

Published 8 day(s) ago

AS the pandemic has put the country in so much disarray, it has become imperative for all of us Filipinos to have even a little reflection on the socio, economic. political and ecological realities besetting our country.

Robredo’s vow

Published 8 day(s) ago

DID I hear it right? Presidential aspirant Leni Robredo was quoted as saying she vows “to restore the people’s trust in government”.

Lessons in leadership

Published 8 day(s) ago

TODAY’S readings offer thought-provoking lessons into true and authentic leadership. And what message would be more important in the light of our forthcoming elections in the Philippines?

Amazing & compassionate Arch. Tony Ledesma, S.J.; Veritas liberabit vos (Truth shall set us free)

Published 10 day(s) ago

WHEN people are informed and conscienticized, collective actions follow.

Finding our North Star

Published 10 day(s) ago

“WHAT the new year will bring to you depends a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” - Yern Mclellan

Days of light and darkness in the Catholic Church

Published 10 day(s) ago

THESE are days of darkness and light for many in the Catholic Church.

Bracing for Omicron

Published 13 day(s) ago

THE surge of Covid-19 all over the country is something of grave concern.

Covid-19: A wake-up call; Feel the oneness & sacredness of life

Published 13 day(s) ago

BEFORE being manifested as forms be a human being, a star, a tree, a bird or a lion, all of God’s creations came as awareness/consciousness, well-rooted with the eternal and formless Being.

Setting the highest standards for the highest position

Published 13 day(s) ago

POLITICIANS apply for public service. We are their employers. We should, therefore, choose, by way of elimination, WHO among them have the best qualities that we look for in a leader:

Davao’s allure endures

Published 15 day(s) ago

MY parents were probably some of the most quintessential migrants from Manila.

Liberate peasantry from quagmire of poverty; From conventional to sustainable agriculture

Published 15 day(s) ago

THE Philippines is a very rich agricultural country where 75% of the people are living in the rural areas, working as farmers or engaged in agriculturally related activities.

The ‘One Thing’ and the ‘Many Things’

Published 15 day(s) ago

OUR Gospel today is often called “The Story of the Rich Young Man.” We hear about the character in focus as a “RICH MAN” in Mark, but it is actually only in the version of Matthew in Chapter 19 where we hear about him as a “RICH YOUNG MAN” in verses 20 and 22 of that chapter.

On wisdom and foolishness

Published 19 day(s) ago

OUR God is not only the silent and compassionate Spirit buttressing our lives, but the abyssal voice that speaks out from the depths of our inner spirits, a voice that unmasks the darkness and deconstructs all our contrived falsehoods, the “two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.”

Shame and scandal in Davao del Norte

Published 19 day(s) ago

A BUDGET for snacks amounting to P32 million pesos in the midst of a pandemic is not only cruel but outrageous!

Let’s protest against open-pit mining; Stop sacrificing nature for greed & profit

Published 19 day(s) ago

THE late DENR Secretary Gina Lopez was absolutely correct when during her stint as Secretary, she courageously stopped without fear or favor the digging or drilling and blasting to remove resource or ore/minerals aptly called open-pit mining.

Sara’s wish

Published 20 day(s) ago

WHILE we, for one brief moment, wish to forget politics we cannot escape the heat and the beat from the simmering December.

Children are the most important of all – Jesus

Published 20 day(s) ago

THE attention of most adults is primarily focused on what they consider to be the most important reality in the world – themselves, especially many clerics.

Maj. John J. Pershing in Cagayan de Misamis!

Published 20 day(s) ago

LOCAL Kagay-anon history immortalized the three famous battles during the Philippine-American War.

2021: From worst to good

Published 22 day(s) ago

IN just a few more days, we draw the curtain for 2021. Coming from a year that gave us the covid-19 pandemic outbreak and brought almost everyone in a downward spiral, we started 2021 still with an ounce of pessimism. As much as we wanted to face it more positively, we were still carrying much of the pandemic baggage.

The child – the naked face of the other

Published 22 day(s) ago

ON cursory reading, the Gospel brings us to explosive issues of the day, mainly divorce and marriage: “Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?”

Wind of change: From the mundane to the sublime

Published 22 day(s) ago

HOW time flies! Two thousand twenty-two is just three days away… like running ripples in that brook called life aptly described by Shakespeare as “like a walking shadow, a poor player who struts and frets his hours upon the stage and then is heard no more, a story told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

ABCCA’s amazing life of service; Special children with disabilities: Cry no more

Published 25 day(s) ago

IT has been said that love is the supreme force in the universe that commands all obedience.

More child abusers to be jailed for life

Published 25 day(s) ago

THE Philippine Senate has finally approved the final draft of the Philippine Senate Bill (SB) 2332 or An Act Increasing the Age for Determining Statutory Rape and other Acts of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation to Protect Children.

Christmas Message 2021 of Abp. Jose A. Cabantan, D.D.

Published 27 day(s) ago

“PAGKADAKO sa atong kalipay sa pagpasalamat sa Ginoo kay karong adlawa natawhan kita sa Dios, ang atong Manunubos.”

Filipino seafarers, Philippines’ gift to the world

Published 27 day(s) ago

“FILIPINO seafarers are our gift to give to the world and to the Church.”

Teaching Jose Rizal

Published 27 day(s) ago

TOMORROW, we remember the 125th death anniversary of our foremost nationalist and national hero, Jose Protacio Rizal!

Together on the way

Published 30 day(s) ago

POPE Francis is calling on the Catholic Church to participate in a preparation for the Synod of Bishops in October 2023, and the topic is on the process itself of SYNODALITY.

The urge to choose a great leader for the country by 2022

Published 30 day(s) ago

“YOU can tell a politician is lying when they claim they want fairness for all. They're part of and represent an unfair elite who will never share their wealth, power or opportunities with the underclass.” Stewart Stafford

On cutting off jealousy

Published 1 month(s) ago

IN today’s readings, the biblical authors are one in the subtle reminder that we are all called to be prophets, to be the courageous voice of the Spirit in its proclamation for simple sharing as the way to a sustainable justice and peace.

How can I help you?

Published 1 month(s) ago

IN my new favorite medical drama series “New Amsterdam,” the main character Dr. Max Goodwin, assumed the job of running the New Amsterdam Hospital and started bringing back humanity, decency, and purpose in the workplace by asking everyone a basic question: “How can I help you?”

Sin against God, unprecedented crime against humanity, racing towards the precipice

Published 1 month(s) ago

THE doomsday clock has already been set at “one minute before midnight” by thousands of concerned scientists manifesting the truism that we are now in the state of planetary emergency as “climate change indicators are escalating so quickly that an emergency response is imperative if civilization is to avoid breakdown and eventual collapse.”

Power grab

Published 1 month(s) ago

THE unethical takeover of commercially viable franchise areas of Northern Davao Electric Cooperative (NORDECO) by the Davao Light and Power Company via an equally immoral legislative route is despicable, to say the least.

‘If you want peace, work for justice’

Published 1 month(s) ago

THE theme of this afternoon’s convocation is a quotation from Pope Paul VI on the World Day of Peace in January 1972.

What was Cagayan, Misamis Oriental before World War II

Published 1 month(s) ago

“War broke out in the Philippines on December 8, 1941, the feast day of the Immaculate Conception, the heavenly patroness of these beautiful islands.” – Fr. Isaias X. Edralin, S.J.

Human rights and diffusing political power

Published 1 month(s) ago

HUMAN rights are generally defined as those rights, which are inherent in our nature, and without which, we cannot live as human beings.

Torture and abuse of children in jails

Published 1 month(s) ago

THE unpleasant truths about the torture and abuse of children behind bars are the truths that may not set us free from guilt, apathy, and indifference.

15M solo parents to enjoy expanded benefits

Published 1 month(s) ago

ABOUT 15 million solo parents in our country will soon enjoy additional privileges and better government support once the measure expanding benefits to them and their families is finally passed into law.

Vaccine badges: ‘boss-level dystopia’

Published 1 month(s) ago

IT can’t get any worse than this: Interior Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño recently proposed the wearing of fully-vaccinated identification cards as a way to monitor those who have been fully vaccinated and those who are not.

Wake-up victims of fallacies of life; homo sapiens now ‘spiritus luminous’

Published 1 month(s) ago

IT has been said that the most flawed of all of God’s creation is that species called homo sapiens, the only species that killed its own kind some 150 to 200 million human beings in the 20th century alone out of two world wars including the so-called “cleansing” of Hitler (called holocaust), Stalinism and Pol Pot and the non-stop conflict and protracted war.

Faith as a seafarer’s weapon

Published 1 month(s) ago

A SEAFARER'S faith is his most powerful weapon in overcoming difficult emotional, even dangerous, shipboard conditions and in making life at sea bearable in many ways.

Protecting God’s vanishing creation: The highest form of worship

Published 1 month(s) ago

HE was then lying on his deathbed; in fact, he would die 5 days later of bone cancer.

The evil that we do

Published 1 month(s) ago

In today’s readings, the epistle of James presents the unambiguous diagnosis that the root of evil lies in human passions, in what forms and how these desires are made manifest.

Blind but can see, vision beyond sight

Published 1 month(s) ago

IN the book, “The Little Prince,” it was said, “only through the heart that one can see clearly, what are essentials are invisible to the eye.”

Human rights defender Teresita Naul released after courts dismiss trumped-up charges

Published 2 month(s) ago

CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, welcomes the release of human rights defender Teresita Naul.

Datu Modesto Pucol: A transformative chieftain, liberating the ‘lumads’ from poverty and oppression

Published 2 month(s) ago

AFTER three attempts to his life that he miraculously survived, Datu Modesto Pucol continues to passionately champion the cause of the indigenous peoples in Bukidnon especially in Talakag where he chairs the 2,000-member Mr. Kitanglad-Mt. Kalatungan Agricultural Cooperative of the Higaonon-Manobo-Talandig Tribal Communities (HIMATA) based in Sitio Tagbak.

The quest for wisdom

Published 2 month(s) ago

OUR readings today are about the quest for wisdom, and what it takes to find it.

The failed Philippine Independence and the Filipinos’ response

Published 2 month(s) ago

PREVIOUSLY, I wrote about the American contribution to Philippine state formation in my previous column.

Lean Alejandro and student activism

Published 2 month(s) ago

“THE struggle for freedom is the next best thing to actually being free,” said the late student leader Leandro Alejandro.

Eco-friendly and healthy bulbs; amazing light that has literally saved lives

Published 2 month(s) ago

IT was then midnight on July 15, 2021 when four armed men under the cover of darkness came at Sitio Tagbak,Talakag, secretly looking outside the windows of the Training Center of the Mt. Kitanglad-Mt.Kalatungan Range Agricultural Cooperative of the Higaonon-Manobo-Talaandig (HIMATA) Tribe whose mission was to kill outrightly two passionate and brave leaders of the tribe – Datu Modesto Pucol and wife, Bae Saluday Pucol – who have been all these years resisting against attempts to illegally grab the 39,000-hectare Ancestral Domain of the HIMATA Tribe by influential entities in cohort with powers-that-be.

Silent murmurs of a benighted people

Published 2 month(s) ago

WHAT else can we expect from a government that is being run more like a personality cult than an organization that is results-oriented, goal-oriented, and values-oriented?

All rhetoric, no action; our duty to save the Earth

Published 2 month(s) ago

HOW amazing it was to listen to the 200 world leaders attending the recently concluded Conference of the Parties (COP26) on the G20 Summit on Climate Change, pronouncing that it is our duty to save the Earth, with no less than Prince Charles giving the opening statement that “we don’t just need finer words but more on finer actions!”

Bong Go decides

Published 2 month(s) ago

THE withdrawal of Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go from the Presidential derby came as a surprise as when he was pushed by party leadership into the race.

Government urged to take quick, proactive response in addressing possible entry of Omicron variant in PH

Published 2 month(s) ago

I AM urging the government to intensify its efforts and come up with a solid strategy to fight the threat of the Omicron coronavirus variant, which is reportedly more infectious than the Delta variant.

Thinking like God

Published 2 month(s) ago

IN our Gospel today, Jesus is castigating Peter for not thinking like God, but as human beings do.

Remembering Atty. Mordino Cua, great coop leader; people united, can never be defeated

Published 2 month(s) ago

THERE are now more than 18,000 cooperatives nationwide with some 15 members who are courageously trail-blazing cooperativism to be transformative for people, planet, prosperity and peace during these most critical times.

Chinese demand to remove PH grounded ship in Ayungin Shoal ‘unacceptable’

Published 2 month(s) ago

NO one can legally prevent us from exercising our rights. Ang sa Pilipinas ay sa Pilipinas.

Imperative: people’s awakening; a beacon of hope

Published 2 month(s) ago

IN these dark times amidst the onslaught of the pandemic that has put our country and the world in so much disarray, in an age of unparalleled economic inequality under the regime of the global one percent amidst morale and religious apathy that has turned its back on the class struggle, the voice of the people can become a beacon of hope in the forthcoming elections, if only the people are conscienticized on the socio-economic-ecological realities besetting us locally and globally.

Suffering for a cause

Published 2 month(s) ago

THE tragedy of the cross of Christ lies not in his sufferings and death. His singular, perfect, and true sacrifice is in fact, a victory of selfless love over selfishness, tepidity and hatred; a triumph of willful obedience and total surrender over the pride of disobedience, rebellion and sin. His glorious resurrection is the definitive conquest of life over death; of faith and hope over doubt and despair; of the light of freedom and truth dawning over the darkness of bondage and deceptions of evil.

Rescuers of child victims abuse them, too

Published 2 month(s) ago

HUMAN trafficking is the greatest evil that falls upon the poor, ignorant, and vulnerable children that are groomed, lured and brainwashed by corrupt adults into believing that the high life of money, sex and drugs is the greatest trip they could have.

Climate change and gross inequity; insane ideology called corporate globalization

Published 2 month(s) ago

RECENTLY, some 200 world leaders attended the Conference of Parties (COP 26) alarmed by the contention of thousands of scientists that the earth is now facing the precipice with the doomsday clock set at one minute before midnight because of climate change.

Is Parlade someone’s marionette?

Published 2 month(s) ago

ANTONIO Parlade, Jr. filed a Certificate of Candidacy for president and came out berserk accusing Sen. Bong Go as “kasama siya sa problema ng bayan” but ended saying “I will not explain.”

Destroying life in the name of development; debunk that ‘giant off-balance development monster’

Published 2 month(s) ago

SOME four-score years ago during the height of the people’s struggle against British colonial rule in India, Mahatma Gandi’s “Satyagraha” (Love Force) approach to liberate his people from the clutches of imperialism had manifested a principle that was not given much attention then but is now reverberating through-out the world.

Voice to the voiceless

Published 2 month(s) ago

I AM sure you are familiar with “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

Early American Colonial state formation in Cagayan and Misamis

Published 2 month(s) ago

TEXTBOOK history taught that the Philippines declared independence on June 12, 1898, and in a few years, the Americans took that away.

Everything is interconnected; oneness and stillness with Nature

Published 2 month(s) ago

LOOK at a flower or a tree and feel the stillness that it emanates without any mental conceptualization.

Be opened

Published 2 month(s) ago

By Bro. Jess Matias MAY your eyes be opened, and start to gaze beyond the precipitous walls of your created enclave.

Creation is groaning

Published 2 month(s) ago

WE hear about the Good News of the Kingdom of God during the readings on Wednesday.

The twin evils of society: political corruption and poverty

Published 2 month(s) ago

(2nd of 2 parts) MEANWHILE, the World Bank defines poverty as ‘the inability to attain a minimal standard of living’ (World Bank, 1990) or “those rights which require, at a minimum, that everyone shall enjoy the necessary subsistence necessities of a decent living: adequate food and nutrition, clothing, housing and the necessary conditions of care when required.”

The twin evils of society: political corruption and poverty

Published 2 month(s) ago

(1st of 2 parts) Corruption “CORRUPTION is the enemy of development and of good governance. It must be stopped.” –Pratibha Patil

Duterte’s variants, nothing more

Published 2 month(s) ago

By Joel Pablo Salud INTERNAL strife. In-house word wars. Domestic discord. Former allies taking the path of much resistance against the incumbent administration.

Local government and resistance

Published 2 month(s) ago

IT has been a while I have not written about local history.

A narrative to a political destiny

Published 2 month(s) ago

FOR those not familiar with how politicians indulge in the vagaries of the electoral contest, the unfolding of events, starting with the withdrawal of Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte for her re-election bid, is an enigma.

Starting to enjoy the ride

Published 2 month(s) ago

By Jay Ledesma AS of this writing, the Philippine Stock Market Index (PSEi) has just breached the 7300 level.

“WE need heroes.”

Published 2 month(s) ago

By Mark Saludes I kept telling myself after reading a UN Climate panel report that concluded that the temperature on Earth is definitely going to reach 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2040.