Our Lenten Observance
This year 2014, being in a house of formation (OMI Postulancy), I made special effort to celebrate the beginning of Lent. I decided to abstain from the use of the Internet from 6 pm Tuesday (1st Vesper of Ash Wednesday) to 6 pm of the actual Ash Wednesday. Actually I planned also to refrain to use my cell phone in order to devote the time in prayer, spiritual reading and simply to be still!
Philippine development in a state of perpetual war
We are now in a state of perpetual war with China. Whether we like it or not, this is our reality. What is a state of perpetual war? There are many renditions to its meaning but I like what Emmanuel Goldstein, a character in George Orwell's classic dystopian novel 1984 has to say: "It does not matter whether the war is actually happening, and, since no decisive victory is possible, it does not matter whether the war is going badly. All that is needed is that a state of war should exist." In our case, China had already pushed us into that psychological corner and sealed in our minds the sense of inevitable conflict that could likely flare up anytime in the region.
Battle for 2016 begins: Why Revilla attacked Roxas
After hearing these tirades from Revilla, my initial reactions were isn’t it the job of Roxas and every government leader to make sure that the truth comes out especially when it involved the corruption of billions of pesos of tax-payers’ money? If indeed he was responsible for making Tuason and Cunanan come out and testify, then shouldn’t we praise him instead of asking him to resign?
Understanding the Bangsamoro construct
The Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro or FAB and the 4 Annexes use the word Bangsamoro in three levels: Bangsamoro as Identity; Bangsamoro as Territory; and Bangsamoro as Government. In all three levels, Bangsamoro is NOT merely a historical or cultural concept; it is a political construct, first and foremost. The 4 Annexes are actual negotiations of powers and wealth sharing and territory.