By DEE AYROSO
Day: June 12, 2019
“What they did made me like a criminal. They took my mugshot, my fingerprint…I could not just let it be,” — Margarita Valle
Bago pa lamang ako pumasok sa graduate school ay lagi kong tinatanong ang aking sarili kung bakit ko ninais na mag-aral pang muli. Nakuha ko ang aking sagot makalipas ang tatlong taon — na ang pagiging isang dalubhasa sa komunikasyon ay hindi lamang dekorasyong idinudugtong sa iyong pangalan kundi ito ay isang pang-habang buhay na misyon.
“June 12 is a reminder that our nation is not truly free as China grabs our islands while the US seeks to re-establish its bases in the Philippines.”
I was prepared to be disappointed with NatDem politics but instead, I became more immersed in their mass campaigns. I was overwhelmed with several political realizations: Here was a movement making democracy work through collective leadership, here was a political force whose strength is linked to the empowerment of its members in the grassroots, here was history claiming the present to build a new future.
The violence that erupt from time to time in Negros is but a painful reminder of the longstanding land problem and unjust system operative in Negros.