Flon Faurillo /
Is Juan de la Cruz –
the symbol of the Filipino Everyman – practically hanging by the cliff’s
edge? This appears to be the case as for the country’s ordinary folk, the
quest for a decent life becomes more and more of an uphill battle with
sky-high prices of basic goods and services bringing them closer and
closer to hunger and disease. Meanwhile, the government employs political
repression intended to intimidate the people and keep them from protesting
this state of affairs – at the extreme resorting to political killings and
forced disappearances. What choice is left for him? Nothing else but to up
the ante in his quest for a decent life.
Salungguhit literally means to
underline; figuratively, to
underscore or highlight.
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© 2006 Bulatlat
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