The pandemic is forcing us to be more critical of the repressive state even as we reexamine our methods and ideas about doing politics under the so-called new normal. Citizens started to wear protective face masks at almost the same time when the state’s authoritarian identity is laid bare with little or no effort to…
Our governments have created structures and supported systems which aggravated this separation by worshiping the god of mammon in the altar of profit. As we can see, the coronavirus pandemic has nakedly exposed and is slowly breaking down all these propped up global economic structures and systems that dehumanizes the world. We cannot breathe anymore!
As Christians, who do God’s work, we are being called to be like treasure hunters–to prioritize the Kingdom of heaven and work for the common good of all persons. God teaches us to focus on the treasures of heaven and earth and what matters most – the dignity of life.
If we do not fight back, no one will be left to fight for us and the future generations. If we do not push back, the world that sustain our very lives will be pushed to the brink by tyrants and demagogues like Duterte.
The ownership of land is in the hands of the powerful people – the landed elites, the mighty corporations that exacted money out of the hard labor, sweat, and blood of the oppressed. They are the bureaucrats, the people in the governments who governed as if the fate of the people is in their hands to give or to put to an end.
The dangers have always been real. This aggressive troll offensive is trying to obscure the fact that the Philippines has been ranked the deadliest country in the world for land and environmental defenders just last year in an incisive report by international investigative group Global Witness.
Rest is also about releasing the heavy burden of yoke of slavery from unjust laws and practices. Rest is learning to set boundaries and saying “no” to any form of exploitation. For us today, rest is also about resistance.
Sa halip na kalayaan, itinali ng mga kasunduan ang Pilipinas sa kalagayan ng pagiging palaasa at laging nakasandig sa Amerika. Sa larangan ng kabuhayan, sa kamay pa rin ng mga Amerikano ang kontrol sa kabuhayan at ekonomiya. Sa usapin naman ng depensa at militar, itinatayang nabansot ang kakanyahan ng kapuluang magpaunlad ng sariling kakanyahang pangdepensa dahil sa pagpapatuloy ng pagkakataling pangseguridad ng Pilipinas sa Amerika.
It’s hard to be a prophet; it is difficult to tell and live by the truth, to raise our voice and denounce what is wrong. It is more comfortable to remain at the margins in silence and pretend not to see and hear what is happening, or to let the others talk. Still, if one wants a real change in our society, a community faithful to the Gospel and more docile to the spirit, if one aspires to a newness of life, prophets are needed. Like Jeremiah, may we have the courage to say what the Lord tells us, even at the risk of life.
Sa panahong maramihan pa rin ang nakararanas ng malawakang kakulangan sa pinakabatayang pangangailangan ng pag-iral ng tao bilang tao – pagkain, damit, tirahan, kalusugan, edukasyon – nananatiling mahalaga na palalimin ang kahulugan ng kalayaan. Sa panahong maraming pagbabanta sa unibersal nang kinikilala bilang karapatan ng lahat ng tao – makapagpahayag nang malaya, mamuhay nang walang takot, makapagtipon nang hindi sinusukol – nananatiling may saysay ang pagtalakay sa kahulugan ng kalayaan.
Balik-Tanaw | Trinity Sunday: A Reflection on the Trinity, the Great Commission … and the Anti-Terrorism Bill
COVID-19 has revealed the deep roots of systemic injustice and reminds us why seeking justice, pursuing peace is essential. We have seen thousands of cases of extra-judicial killings, of arrests, of the intensification of attacks and threats against community leaders, human rights defenders, and political dissenters. Living out our faith in Jesus is more than ever important when laws like the Anti-Terrorism Bill of 2020 are enacted. The current Human Security Act of 2007 which will replace it is problematic enough