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Opinion: Damayan ang Kadamay

“Will this be a precedent for future anarchic behavior? Perhaps. This is a possibility that we cannot ignore. However, this is a possibility which the government can mitigate, if not eliminate.

Kadamay’s frustration sets out from a denial and seeming lengthy inaction over their applications for housing. Have the government acted upon their applications urgently and have the government clearly explained the reasons for the denial of their applications, this could have been avoided.

Kadamay’s occupation also sets from the fact that the houses are vacant. Speedy disposition of housing grants may have avoided this.”

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Settlers gather at the Atlantica housing project in Pandi town, Bulacan province, to get updates from their leaders on the status of their stay in the government-owned site.  —JOAN BONDOC

It is a crisis, and this is not an exaggeration. For the homeless, this is even a battle of life and death. Shelter, being one of the basic necessities of humans, is lacking for thousands of families. We are talking of 20,000 men, women, and children seeking for shelter, and the houses in Pandi, Bulacan, were vacant. There and then, they sought refuge in these unoccupied houses.

It is true. These houses are not Kadamay’s. It is likewise true that they have no right to occupy the houses. However, they should stay.

The right to an adequate shelter is a basic human right and is a government responsibility.

Article 25.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which the Philippine government is a long-time signatory, provides:

“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and his family, including food…

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The Good Friday homily that melted my heart

‘Well, the people who killed Jesus did so because they couldn’t stand too much love. His love crossed the line to the outrageous. Those arms are better pinned on a cross. They embraced way too many people. Those feet, they refused to toe the line; they’re better off nailed stock-still. And that heart– that heart that’s way too soft on sinners, we must bleed it dry to a full stop. The only thing that can stop outrageous love is outrageous hate. So “crucify him, crucify him.”‘


Below is the homily that Fr. Arnel Aquino, S.J. gave today at the Gesu for Good Friday.

I didn’t get to hear this in person. I only stumbled on this when my friend, Harvey Parafina, posted pictures of the sheets of paper it was printed on. I was very moved by the words that I immediately had to type them out. I can only imagine how much more moving this would have been to have heard this in person.

Thank you very much for sharing this online, Harvey. It’s exactly what this time for reflection is all about and what I needed to hear on a night like this.


A Good Friday Homily by Fr. Arnel Aquino, S.J.

A couple of months ago, ISIS took a video as they incinerated a Jordanian pilot in a cage. My friends said the internet was awash with the footage, but I resisted the temptation of…

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Je ne suis pas Charlie/ I am not Charlie.

I do not condone the massacre either but we must not lose sight of what freedom of speech really is all about… #IAmNOTCharlie

The Maroon Colony

And before I get into this, I want to be first extremely and explicitly clear: I don’t condone the massacre. I don’t think the cartoonists and writers deserved to lose their lives. There’s just no way to logically defend their deaths without ignorance and/or hate.

But I’m not Charlie though. And I’m not Charlie for several reasons: Charlie Hebdo for many people of color in France, particularly in Paris, that don’t benefit from mixed or proximity-to-White French- privilege is extremely racist. It’s a particular brand of French racism and xenophobia sheltered under the grey tent of “satire”. It’s belittingly. It’s demeaning. And it’s a larger, published example of the explicit forms of aggression that many people of color in Paris live with, daily. The irony is that I haven’t been returned to the States for even a week from Paris when this happened, after spending more than a week…

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20 More Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Horrible

Literally is frequently used (all too often by teenagers I know) to add emphasis. The problem is literally means “actually, without exaggeration,” so, “That customer was literally foaming at the mouth,” cannot be true without the involvement of rabies or inaccurately applied Scrubbing Bubbles.

The only time using literally makes sense is when you need to indicate what is normally a figurative expression is, this time, truly the case. Saying, “He literally died when he saw the invoice,” only works if the customer did, in fact, pass away moments after seeing the bill.

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Parents and Activists

Timely.. para sa mga graduate at kanilang mga magulang.. mula kay Philippine Historian Prof. Renato Constantino

“Neither should parents offer charitable activities or so-called civic action as substitutes for involvement in the protest movement. Activists know that do-gooding is ineffectual in the long run and, as practiced in conventional circles, is nothing more that conscience pacifier or a publicity gimmick for the socially ambitious. This does not mean that activists have no sympathy for the sufferings of their fellowmen; in fact, it is these very sufferings that they want to eliminate. However, they know that the real solution does not lie in palliatives but in a change of the system.”

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Parents and Activists
Renato Constantino
GRAPHIC, April 28, 1971

Graduation has been aptly called a commencement. It is on the conventional sense a commencement of adult responsibility for the young. For their parents, it is the climax of years of anxious waiting and of sacrifices. But, if both want to invest it with deeper significance, a commencement should mark the beginning of understanding and of partnership with the young in patriotic involvement.

We live in a period of turbulence, of instability and of change. A decaying society leaves in its wake many dislocations, many confusions and rising tensions. These dislocations and tensions have been dramatically projected by the activism of militant youth.

All at once parents are seized with paroxysms of fear; many in an excess of protectiveness, have sought to isolate their young from activist fever, while others have reacted with anger and despair. The result is a growing…

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