The Mindanao problem is ultimately a POWER problem – the power of one group over another. It is a problem of colonization. The fact that there was a law called the Legislative Act 4197 or Quirino-Recto Colonization of Mindanao Act, which was enacted on 12 February 1935 is very telling. The Commonwealth considered the Act… Read More Changing Narratives: Federalism for All
On March 1, 2013, Friday 2 pm, the Malaysian and Philippine governments announced that the Lahad Datu Standoff had ended with the surrender of 10 men of the ragtag “Royal Sulu Forces”. Two days later, the Rajah Muda (Crown Prince) and his 200 or so men are still in Lahad Datu while the Philippine President… Read More When will the Sabah Standoff end?
from ALLVOICES.COM Firefight at Lahad Datu begins by Jamal Ashley Firefight broke out between the Malaysian forces and the forces of Datu Agbimuddin Kiram, the Rajah Muda (Crown Prince) of the Sultanate of Sulu in Southern Philippines around 10:00 am Friday, according to media interviews with the Rajah Muda in Lahad Datu and the Sultan… Read More Sabah Fighting Begins
Below is a 1968 report from New York Times about the new Philippine law declaring Sabah as part of the Philippines. Has that law been repealed? Manila Asserts Rights to Sabah New Law Declares State is Part of Philippines Special to The New York Times MANILA, Sept 18 – President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed… Read More Marcos “legalized” Philippine claim to Sabah
With the raging debate on Reproductive Health (RH) Bill going on in Congress, here’s my take on RH. This is from a documentary I wrote and directed:
I told somebody today that I miss teaching. With the unprecedented Media Bias against Ron Paul in the current US Republican primaries, I could show the students the Media Studies theories in action – like Agenda-Setting, Gate-keeping, Propaganda Model, etc. I doubt if there is any Filipino Communication / Media Studies teacher in the country… Read More Discrimination against Muslims in the Philippines
I rarely attend conferences on peace talks because I have very little confidence in them. Third parties could hardly influence negotiations between the two contending parties. For some reasons, I attended the National Solidarity Conference on Mindanao on Aug. 13-14 at the University Hotel in UP Diliman. Mohager Iqbal, the MILF peace panel chair, was… Read More MILF Says Philippine Republic is already dismembered