CCTV footage of Jennifer Laude with suspect PFC Pemberton entering an Olongapo City lodge. Photo Credits: kapederasyon.wordpress.com

Jennifer Laude, Gender Oppression, and US Domination

The brutal murder of a Filipina transgender in an Olongapo City motel by American suspect Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton of the US Marines highlights the impunity with which violence against Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, and Transgenders (LGBT) as well as women is perpetrated in the country. Jennifer died of drowning from her face’s being…

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Marcos and BS Aquino: The Dictator and the Wannabe

Last September 21, the nation commemorated the 42nd anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. President Benigno Simeon ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III once again spoke in memory of his father who died standing up against the dictatorship. Yet the irony is not lost on many who see BS Aquino’s recent machinations as reminiscent not of his…

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‘Going Too Far’? Abad Deserved More

When Budget Secretary Butch Abad’s exit from a forum at the University of the Philippines (UP) School of Economics last Sept. 17 was met by heated protests, student activists were reprimanded by some UP professors and administrators for supposedly ‘going too far’. The usual gangs of President Benigno Simeon ‘Noynoy’ Aquino’s apologists were also quick…

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The Day of Naming (Poem)

The Day of Naming By Varavara Rao, Translated by D. Venkat Rao 1 Can the empire acquiesce If insurrection makes The vagrant and untitled Valiant? Heroes must have lineage When people of the forest converge, Gather mortar, wood and stone, And build; Can this become a saga? History must have foundation Do you light a…

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Man-Made Disasters?

‘Our fault’? More than just ‘man-made’, some of the biggest disasters are in fact the direct consequence of the world capitalist system of production that has concentrated wealth in a handful of monopoly capitalists at the expense of the environment and the majority of the toiling classes who wallow in abject poverty and desperation. The…