Month: March 2019

Duterte yields GRP-NDFP peace talks to the military

Back-to-back with the controversial withdrawal of the Philippines from the International Criminal Court (ICC) that took effect on March 17, the following day President Duterte dismissed the government panel negotiating peace with the National Democratic Front and, the day after, even said it was a “permanent” termination. These moves by the president raise big questions…

Vernal equinox

By RAYMUND B. VILLANUEVA When light and dark share time-lengths Decidiuous trees shed leaves Ticks and fleas multiply Rats scurry and mosquitoes buzz about. Now is when taps run dry And fires raze poor communities More poor people are killed and activists are jailed As the tyrant explodes like fulminated mercury And politicians hit the…