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Whitewashing the killing of ‘lumad’

Note: I wrote this commentary for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The way the military brass has insisted on its innocence in the killing of lumad, the indigenous peoples of Mindanao, is reminiscent of Freud’s story of the borrowed kettle. In this humorous yarn, A borrows a kettle from B and returns it damaged. To defend…

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Soldiers, rebels and the ‘lumad’

Originally posted on Teddy Casiño:
With lumad leaders at the UCCP Haran Compound in Davao City: harrowing tales of military abuses. (The following article came out in the Philippine Daily Inquirer Opinion Page last August 29, 2015.) For several months now I have been keeping track of the plight of the indigenous peoples (or…


OFWs rage: Hands-off our #BalikbayanBox

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) order increasing duties for balikbayan boxes and subjecting them to physical inspection has sparked outrage among the Filipino migrant worker communities around the globe and their families back in the Philippines. With an estimated 10 to 12 million Filipinos working or living abroad and over 6,000 individuals leaving the country…