Balangiga and the IDPs in My Mind

[Note: This is a repost of an article by Ingming Aberia–Admin] From mid-2003 to sometime in 2006, I was part of a team that facilitated community meetings in Balangiga, Eastern Samar. Ours was one of several teams working in poor municipalities selected by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for its KALAHI CIDSS Project. The project applies community participation processes to the planning, implementation, monitoring and operation and…

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“A Wonderful Moment”

[Admin Note: This post is a copy from Commentary, By Hermilando D. Aberia, Philippine Daily Inquirer, First Posted 01:58:00 06/07/2008] In a reproductive health workshop for Filipino adolescents, the facilitator asked the young participants what they thought about, or how they would define, sex. The participants, in their teens and early 20s, almost covered the board with their responses. To cite a few, one said sex is “a tool for enjoyment.” Another said…

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Managing People’s Debt

[Admin’s note: This is a repost from Commentary, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 9 November 2013] Among the lessons that students of politics and economics may want to learn from the recent 16-day shutdown in the United States (Sept. 30-Oct. 16) is how a bicameral congress, or how the separation of the branches of government, works. That may as well include a study on why a system like that sometimes does not…

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What Did We Do To Wesley So?

[Originally posted on 29 August 2017] Much noise had been generated since around this time last year when the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) ignored Wesley So’s gold medal finish at the World University Games held in Kazan, Russia, in July 2013. A year later, the issue went viral (as netizens—so called—love to say) when Wesley So requested permission from the NCFP…

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Sermon For The Catholic Bishops

[Originally posted on 3 February 2017] Pardon my irreverence, but I, a layman, wish to address this to the leaders of my Church. This I do with reluctance, but somebody said that writing is an act of desperation. Let me preface my rant with recognition that all generations are indebted to you for sharing with us the means to reconcile with God. For those who long for eternal life, no…

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Vulture Test: Watching Duterte

In the wild, vultures feed themselves with carcass of other animals. Their excellent senses of smell and sight provide them with handy tools of a scavenger. They are mostly found atop trees or cliff, the better for them to spot opportunities on the sprawling fields of life and death below. Make no mistake about it: scavengers, whether vultures or human beings, are key support bases of life. That’s how important…

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