By TILDE ACUÑA
It’s as if the greed and neglect piled upon more greed and neglect has turned into something thick and viscid, and like mud threatens to harden into something more permanent. I can only hope that that something is awakening, and not despair.
Amid this miserable situation, we are still a nation not running out with GREAT PEOPLE…They are sometimes called activists, human rights defenders, advocates, change makers, dreamers. However, under Anti-Terrorism Act, they can be called terrorists or be victims of red-tagging.
A farmer, Nida Davao in barangay San Jose, Montalban, Rizal checking her crops after the typhoon hit their village.
Get out of your comfort zone, my friend,
perhaps you’ll see dehumanizing poverty
Meet the people displaced,
perhaps you’ll see vulnerability
ni Mark Angeles Kanina, hindi ko sinasadyang iangat ang tasa Nang hindi nakapikit, para bang pagsilip Nang direkta sa mata ng bagyo. Nakita ko ang kapeng biglang umalimpuyo. Nakita ko ang pagtaas ng bahang may putik, Kaladkad ang anumang naitumba ng hangin. Nakita ko ang mga humihingi ng saklolo. Nakita ko ang mga hindi makahingi…
A recent study found that the “mountains, slopes and watersheds in the whole Cagayan Valley have been stripped of native trees that hold soil and regulate water release.”
The Bible, through this parable, is teaching us to say NO to an unjust system that exploits our workers and laborers. We advocate for ‘living wages’ and necessary benefits for our laborers. We face the greedy masters and tell them, “enough is enough.”
“This is worse than Ondoy. The pandemic still rages on, which makes it even more difficult for us.” — Marikina resident
It explains why it is abridging the people’s right to information: it is to prevent the citizenry from demanding that government truly address the roots of poverty by, among other means, curbing the dishonesty in public office that contributes to the hopelessness, hunger and despair that has led many Filipinos to take up the gun. His own regime is in that sense at cross-purposes with Mr. Duterte’s oft repeated promise to end corruption.
President Duterte’s people need to get their act together and stop this game of putting innocent people’s lives and security at stake.