Pinoy Weekly » Uncategorized Philippine news, analysis, and investigative stories Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:23:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DOCUMENTARY | Holiday Bust Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:14:40 +0000

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A documentary on how one of the world’s top supplier of microchips used by popular brands such as Apple, Samsung, Bosch, Huawei, etc. treats its workers in the Philippines. Twenty-four union officials of NXP Semiconductors Cabuyao Inc. were illegally terminated in an attempt to destroy the country’s largest and oldest surviving worker’s union.


Produced by PinoyMedia Center in cooperation with Mayday Multimedia
Direction, cinematography & editing by King Catoy & Ilang-Ilang Quijano
Production management by Jun Ressureccion

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Sidebar | Aleco and power service in Albay Tue, 07 Jan 2014 19:14:07 +0000 From the Backgrounder provided by Aleco Multisectoral Stakeholders Organization (Jan. 4, 2013)



Albay has had electricity since the turn of the 20th Century. Evidence of this are photographs taken during the early days of the American Period.

1950s – 1975: LEALDA (Legazpi Albay Daraga) Electric Company served Legazpi Port District, Albay District, and Daraga; it was owned by the Benito family; electricity was expensive for the ordinary household could afford only a fluorescent lamp; after a typhoon it took months before service was totally restored

1972 – Albay Electric Cooperative was established in the Third District

1975 – President Marcos visited Albay; the people shouted, “We want electricity!” LEALDA was abolished; ALECO was established as the sole provider in the entire province

1972 – 94: ALECO was well-managed and had no serious problem

1994: Influential entities and persons started to interfere in ALECO affairs; ALECO’s woes began; corruption became rampant

2000s: ALECO problems worsened; debts mounted; Legazpi Diocese was asked to get engaged; NEA and NPC alternately managed ALECO; corruption and crisis continued to hound ALECO

July 17, 2008: Operation and Management Contract with NPC was approved by ALECO Board of Directors; losses for 2008 declined to P261 M from P401 M in 2007

July 2009: the OM Contract was renewed by the DOE*; ALECO posted a positive P153 M net income

November 13, 2009: the DOE, NEA and the Office of the Solicitor-General endorsed to NPC the re-extension of the contract through Resolution No. 65; NPC, in turn, approved the re-extension for two years through Resolution 2009-68

February 22, 2010: OM Contract was suddenly terminated by ALECO BOD, citing that it had expired and NPC assets had passed to PSALM

April 23, 2010: Bishop Joel Z. Baylon issued Pastoral Letter against privatization

July 28, 2010: public forum on ALECO crisis organized by Social Action Center, ALECO, and other stakeholders; inspired by the Bishop’s Pastoral Letter, civil society groups led by SAC organized the Multi-Sectoral Stakeholders Committee which later evolved into the Multi-Sectoral Stakeholders Coalition and ALECO Multi-Sectoral Stakeholders Organization (AMSSO); on January 23, 2013 AMSSO was registered with SEC on the advice of Bishop Baylon

September 2010: MSSC convened a General Assembly of member-consumers; resolution calling for resignation of OIC Realoza and BOD was passed, among others

October 2010: Crisis Committee was formed by political leaders; Bishop Baylon was invited to be Chairman

October 2010 to January 2011: campaign to oust ALECO Management Team and BOD intensified; march and picket staged by MSSC

February 2011:  Realoza and BOD resigned; NEA sent its Management Team under PS Paulino Lopez

March 2011: MSSC proposed restoration of OM Contract with NPC; DOE declined

May 14, 2011: NEA proposed the Special Payment Arrangement; Special General Membership Assembly approved

June 2011: NEA added 3 conditions to SPA (voluntary payment, P7M monthly prudential guarantee, default provision)

October 2011: NEA Management Team cited inability to solve ALECO problems; MSSC accidentally met Prof. Rowaldo del Mundo and Prof. Editha Espos of UP-NEC and Engr. Gerardo Versoza, GM of BENECO; Cooperative-to-Cooperative Partnership was designed

November 2011: Crisis Committee, NEA and DOE proposed Private Sector Participation and formation of Interim Board

November 30, 2011 – in a Special General Membership Assembly NEA and Crisis Committee allowed PSP to be presented; when it was the turn of MSSC to present C2C, the Crisis Committee requested the emcee to let Congressmen Fernando Gonzalez and Edcel Lagman talk in favor of PSP; after their speeches, C2C was brushed aside and a vote on PSP and formation of an Interim Board was rushed; the assembly rejected PSP and Interim Board by a vote of 315 vs 155

December 10, 2011 - the MSSC met with Bishop Baylon; public presentation of C2C was agreed upon

December 22, 2011 – public presentation of C2C was held in De Guzman Hall of Aquinas University; present were Bishop Baylon, Prof. Wally del Mundo of UP-NEC, Engr. Gerry Versoza and Engr. Lito Villarey of BENECO

March 24, 2012 – a Special General Membership Assembly approved the conversion of the Crisis Committee into the Interim Board of Directors (IBOD); the participants were separated among Tabaco, Legazpi and Ligao; in Legazpi the IBOD was given the mandate to look for “solutions” to ALECO’s problems; in Ligao and Tabaco, only the conversion of the Crisis Committee into an Interim Board was approved; IBOD began to claim it is authorized to implement PSP

December 2012 to January 2013: with no private company coming forward to propose, the IBOD agreed to implement Cooperative-to-Cooperative Partnership; DBP offered to lend P 1 billion at 8% interest; PEMC counter-offered with 2.5%; the IBOD turned down DBP; when the IBOD tried to formalize an agreement with PEMC, the latter backed out; the IBOD returned to DBP but the bank refused

February 1, 2013: in a meeting, PS Veronica Briones announced that if the IBOD would choose C2C, NEA would leave ALECO because the agency wants PSP; the IBOD voted unanimously to adopt PSP (evidence: minutes of the IBOD meeting)

April 4, 2013:  in a press conference, the IBOD announced its decision to adopt PSP

May 2013: the AMSSO, formerly the MSSC, filed a petition for TRO against the implementation of PSP; it was granted; the AMSSO filed a Motion for Prohibition to Bid; decision on the case was so delayed it was overtaken by events

July 16, 2013: AMSSO, IBOD and other parties held a meeting with DOE Sec. Jericho Petilla; a referendum was agreed upon to settle which between C2C and PSP to adopt; referendum is not a mechanism for decision-making under the ALECO By-Laws

August 7, 2013 – the IBOD and NEA scheduled a Submission and Opening of Bids; only one bidder submitted, San Miguel Energy Corporation; the bid of San Miguel did not comply with the Terms of Reference which the pro-PSP themselves drafted. There was failure of bidding because only one presented a bid and that lone bidder has conflict of interest with ALECO since SMEC is a sister company of the Bank of Commerce which is a depository of the electric cooperative

August 15, 2013: Sec Petilla visited Albay ; a roadshow of the two option was scheduled from September 2 to 7, 2013during the roadshow for the referendum, the content of the contract with the lone bidder, San Miguel Global Power Holdings, was never revealed to the member-consumers; on Day One of the roadshow for the referendum PSP had scanty details. As the activity progressed, PSP was increasingly copied from the Cooperative-to-Cooperative Partnership plan until on the last day, the former option looked almost like C2C, with BENECO removed and put in its place was San Miguel Corporation. The irremovable fact is that BENECO would give all earnings to ALECO while SMC would have to get its cut. Furthermore, under PSP copied from C2C, San Miguel has all the power to declare just what it wants as ALECO earnings even zero or negative

September 14, 2013: only 4.8% of the member-consumers turned out to vote on while the legal requirement for any corporation is 5%; there was massive vote-buying amounting to P20, P50 and P150 perpetrated by pro-PSP politicians especially among the members of barangay power associations (BAPA). Pro-PSP voters were hauled. Voting centers were relocated to necessitate travel by member-consumers. ALECO funds, barangay vehicles and other government resources were used in favor of PSP; a Redemptory’s priest, among others, saw and testifies to these evil acts; NEA obliges any complainant to pay P750,000 as a fee and the pro-C2C do not have such money.

September 23, 2013: ALECO Employees Organization (ALEO) pushed through with the long-suspended strike

October 29, 2013: the IBOD, NEA, DOE, politicians and San Miguel proceeded to sign a contract in Makati without submitting the same for prior ratification by the General Assembly, claiming that the referendum result sufficed; the contract has the blessing of the Bishop of Legazpi even though it is a fruit of dishonesty

November 28, 2013: The ERC held a public hearing on the petition of ALECO Management for a rate increase effective January 2014. Thus, we have another evidence of deception. As we heard during the presentation, the plan to apply for the increase was in place as of June 2013. Yet, the PSP presenters had the gall to tell the public that there would be no rate increase! The member-consumers were not effectively informed about the “public hearing” as only 7 were able to attend.

December 21, 2013: About 100 member-consumers rushed into the compound of ALECO, conducted a General Assembly and elected a new Interim Board of Directors

December 23, 2013: ALECO old management closed ALECO and prevented member-consumers from paying their bills. Payment resumed on the 24th.

December 26, 2013: AMSSO padlocked the gate. Security guards attempted to remove the chain but were driven off by member-consumers.

December 28, 2013: The new IBOD and PS Veronic Briones agreed to prevent San Miguel personnel from entering the ALECO compound and to provide AMSSO with a copy of the Concession Agreement. AMSSO will allow opening of the gate. PS Briones admitted that the agreement is different from the claims made during the roadshow prior to the referendum. The agreement was never honored by the old management.

January  6, 2014: member-consumers stormed the compound of ALECO a second time. They demanded that San Miguel personnel be prevented from entering the premises of the cooperative and a copy of the Concession Agreement be provided to member-consumers.

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Biyahe ni Gat Andres Bonifacio, biyahe sa kalayaan Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:24:15 +0000 Ang rebulto ng magkapatid na Andres at Procopio Bonifacio sa Maragondon Cavite. (Boy Bagwis)

Ang rebulto ng magkapatid na Andres at Procopio Bonifacio sa Maragondon Cavite. (Boy Bagwis)

Nalalapit na ang pagdiriwang sa ika-150 kaarawan ng dakilang bayaning si Gat Andres Bonifacio, isang rebolusyonaryong lumaban sa kolonyalistang Espanya sa pamamagitan ng armadong paghihimagsik.

Manining ang buhay at pakikibaka ni Andres Bonifacio. Ipinanganak siya sa Recto (dating Azcarraga), Tondo, Manila ng mag-asawang Santiago Bonifacio (sastre o mananahi) at Catalina de Castro (magrorolyo ng tabako). Panganay sa limang magkakapatid (Ciriaco, Procopio, Espiridiona, Troadia at Maxima) si Gat Andres. Napilitang huminto siya sa pag-aaral nang nasa ikatlong taon sa hasykul, ayon kay Pio Valenzuela na kasama niya sa pagtatatag ng Katipunan, dahil magkasunod na namatay ang kanilang mga magulang noong 1881. Dahil sa maagang pagkaulila, tulung-tulong silang magkakapatid sa paggawa ng mga baston na may dibuho at inilalako sa Intramuros at mga karatig-pook.

Sa tala ng mga historyador, bagamat hindi nakapagpatuloy ng pag-aaral si Andres, nagsikap siyang mag-aral. Patunay dito ang natuklasang lihim na aklatan niya sa bodega ng Fressel & Company, kompanyang kanyang pinasukan bilang bodegero. Kasama sa mga aklat ang sulatin nina Judio Errante, gayundin ang Ruinas de Palmira, Bibliya, Vida de los Presidentes de los Estados Unidos, Derecho Internacional, Codigo Civil, at Codigo Penal. Binasa niya pati ang Les Miserables ni Victor Hugo. At siyempre, ang dalawang nobela ni Jose Rizal aang Noli Me Tangere at El Filibusterismo.

Kaanib din si Andres sa Samahang Dramatista at kasama sa pagtatayo ng Teatro Porvenir o Teatro ng kinabukasan. Gumanap siyang aktor sa mga dulang moro-moro kasama ang iba pang rebolusyonaryo tulad nina Macario Sakay at Guillermo Masangkay. Sa pagganap niya sa iba’t ibang katauhan sa entablado, nahasa ang husay ni Andres sa pananalita.

Isa rin si Andres na mapagmahal na asawa, ayon sa mga historyador. Hindi niya iniwan ang una niyang asawa na si Monica na namatay dahil sa ketong. Samantalang ang pangalawa niyang asawa na si Gregoria de Jesus (Oryang at Lakambini) ang naging katuwang at kasama sa pakikibaka.

Rebolusyonaryong manggagawa

Sa kasalukuyan, may mga bagong historyador na nagsasabing di raw nagmula sa uring manggagawa si Andres. Mataas daw ang kinikita niya (12 piso hanggang hanggang 20) sa karaniwang manggagawa noon.

Hindi mapapasubalian na galing sa uring manggagawa si Andres.

Unang nagtrabaho sa Fleming & Company bilang utusan si Andres at kalaunan naging clerk, mensahero at ahente ng mga produkto tulad alkitran, yantok at iba pa. Kalaunan, lumipat siya sa Fressel & Co. at naging bodegero (warehouse keeper). Maliban dito, tuloy pa rin ang kanyang paglalako ng baston para matustusan ang pangangailangan nilang magkakapatid, dahil kapus ang kita niya bilang bodegero. Gayundin, gumawa siya ng mga pantatak sa mga damit at karatulang palatastas para sa mga kompanyang komersiyal dahil mahusay siya sa calligraphy at penmanship.

Kasama si Andres sa nagtatag ng Kataastasang Kagalanggalang na Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (KKK o Katipunan) noong Hulyo 7, 1892. Kasama niya sina Teodoro Plata, Ladislao Diwa, Valentin Diaz, Ildefonso Laurel at Deodato Arrelana.

Hindi si Andres ang unang Supremo ng Katipunan (Deodato Arellano ang una at ikalawa si Roman Basa). Pero sa panahon na naging Supremo si Andres noong 1895, bumilis ang pagrekluta at lumawak ang kasapian ng Katipunan sa buong bansa. Kasama ni Andres si Emilio Jacinto na sumulat sa Kartilya ng Katipunan.

Mahusay na pinamunuan ni Andres Bonifacio ang rebolusyon ng Katipunan. Pero naputol ito nang akusahan siyang taksil matapos ang Tejeros Convention. Sa eleksiyon, natalo si Bonifacio ni Emilio Aguinaldo bilang pangulo, ngunit nahalal naman si Andres bilang direktor ng interyor. Tinutulan ni Daniel Tirona ang pagkakahalal ni Andres at hiniya pa sa kumbensiyon na walang pinag-aralan, dapat daw na isang abogado ang tumangan sa nasabing puwesto.

Sa tala ng ilang historyador, may naganap na pandaraya sa naganap na eleksiyon kaya nanalo si Aguinaldo kahit ito’y wala sa kapulungan. Dahil sa kaguluhan sa kumbensiyon, ipinawalng bisa ni Andres Bonifacio ang eleksiyon at umalis sa bulwagan.

Ilang araw matapos ang kaguluhan sa Tejeros Convention, ayon sa mga historyador kinubkob ng mga tauhan ni Aguinaldo sina Andres Bonifacio sa Limbon, Indang, Cavite, habang nagpapahinga at naghihintay ng suplay para makabalik sa Montalban, Rizal. Dito nahuli si Andres at kapatid niyang si Procopio na pawang sugatan matapos silang pagtatagain at barilin, agad din na napatay ang isa niyang kapatid na si Ciriaco.

Nilitis at pinarusahan ng kamatayan sina Andres at Procopio. Sa bundok ng Magpatong/Buntis, isinagawa ang hatol na kamatayan sa magkapatid. Unang pinatay si Procopio at isinunod si Andres na matapos mapatay, pinagputol-putol ang katawan at inilibing ng mababaw sa tabi ng isang ilog.

May pagdiriwang nga ba?

Sa ika-30 ng Nobyembre ang dakilang kapanganakan ni Andres Bonifacio. Pero tulad ng nakasaad sa kasaysayan, lubhang minamaliit ang kontribusyon niya sa paglaban sa mga mananakop at sa kalayaan ng bayan. Hindi tulad ng ibang bayani na bongga ang selebrasyon, walang maririnig o makikitang paghahanda sa araw na ito.

Karamihan sa mga marker o monumento ni Andres Bonifacio ang napapabayaan na, gayundin ang mga mensahe sa mga marker na nagsasabing taksil siya sa bayan. Maliban dito, may mga bagong pananaliksik na kumukuwestiyon sa pagkatao niya. Sinasabi sa bagong saliksik na hindi itak kundi rebolber ang paboritong sandata ng Supremo. Pero hindi naman nila sinasabi na anumang sandata ang ginamit niya, ang mahalaga, na tanging armadong paglaban ang magpapalaya sa bayan na kanyang pinasimulan hindi sa reporma.

Kahit sa kasuutan, hindi daw camiso de chino ang paborito niya kundi Amerikana. Sa panahong iyon, namamayagpag ang mga Espanyol at imposibleng Amerikana ang usong kasuotan noon. Pero ayon sa mga historyador ang tanging larawan na natira ni Andres Bonifacio, ang larawan nila ng kanyang asawang si Oryang noong sila’y ikasal, na isang pormal na pagtitipon. Karamihan daw sa kanyang personal na gamit ang sinira o sinunog ng mga galit sa kanya. Hindi ba’t sa lumang dalawang pisong papel lang inilagay ang larawan ni Andres Bonifacio na nawala na sa sirkulasyon?

Ilan lamang ito sa mga paglabusaw sa imahe ni Andres Bonifacio, marahil dahil sa kanyang paninidigang kailangang palayain ang bayan mula sa pananakop ng mga dayuhang bansa.

(Mga larawan kuha ni Boy Bagwis at Macky Macaspac)

Ang makasaysayang bayan ng Imus, Cavite.

Ang makasaysayang bayan ng Imus, Cavite.


Ang larawan ng bahay na pinagdausan ng Tejeros Convention at ang aktuwal na lugar na dating kinatatayuan nito.

Ang larawan ng bahay na pinagdausan ng Tejeros Convention at ang aktuwal na lugar na dating kinatatayuan nito.


Ang lugar sa Limbon, Cavite, kung saan kinubkob ng mga tauhan ni Aguinaldo ang grupo ni Bonifacio.

Ang lugar sa Limbon, Cavite, kung saan kinubkob ng mga tauhan ni Aguinaldo ang grupo ni Bonifacio.


Sa bahay na ito sa Maragondon, hinatulan ng kamatayan ang Supremo ng Katipunan

Sa bahay na ito sa Maragondon, hinatulan ng kamatayan ang Supremo ng Katipunan


Ang dambana ni Andres Bonifacio sa bundok Nagpatong/Buntis sa Maragondon, Cavite

Ang dambana ni Andres Bonifacio sa bundok Nagpatong/Buntis sa Maragondon, Cavite

Para sa mga nais bumisita at aralin ang buhay at pakikibaka ni Andres Bonifacio, maaring makipag-ugnayan sa Bonifacio 150 Committee 


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Larawan | Mga lider-estudyante sa Maynila nagkaisa kontra pork barrel Tue, 08 Oct 2013 02:39:40 +0000 Nagkaisa ang mga lider-estudyante mula sa iba’t ibang paaralan sa kahabaan ng Taft Ave. at Intramuros sa Maynila sa panawagang dapat  i-abolish ang pork barrel. Binuo ng mga estudyante ng University of the Philippines Manila, Philippine Women’s University, Mapua Institute, Lyceum of the Philippines, Letran College, at De La Salle University ang YOUTH ACT NOW Taft-Intramuros noong Oktubre 7.

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Ang pagbubuo ng Aksyon o Artista laban sa Korapsyon Mon, 07 Oct 2013 08:58:04 +0000 Ilan sa mga artistang nakilahok sa mga pagkilos laban sa pork barrel (paikot, mula kaliwa: Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera, Mae Paner, Chikoy Pura ng The Jerks, Monique Wilson, at sina Lolita Carbon, Cookie Chua at Bayang Barrios)

Ilan sa mga artistang nakilahok sa mga pagkilos laban sa pork barrel (paikot, mula kaliwa: Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera, Mae Paner, Chikoy Pura ng The Jerks, Monique Wilson, at sina Lolita Carbon, Cookie Chua at Bayang Barrios)

Sa paglulunsad ng ikalawang Million People March laban sa imoral na ugat ng pork barrel sa Ayala Avenue sa Makati City ay minsan pang idiniin ang pagbubuo ng Artista Laban sa Korapsyon o Aksyon at minsan pa rin, ang utak nito na siyang nagpahayag sa balana tungkol dito ng hapong ‘yon ay ang isa sa mga artista ng bayan na si Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera, Pambansang Alagad ng Sining sa Panitikan o sa wikang Ingles ay National Artist for Literature.

Hindi lang sina Nora Aunor, Dingdong Dantes, Amalia Fuentes, Vicente Salumbides, Christopher de Leon, Aiza Seguerra, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Tom Rodriguez, Chanel Latorre, Kim Chiu, Ritz Azul, Vilma Santos, Judy Ann Santos at marami pang iba ang mga artista ng bayan, sina Ginoong Bienvenido rin, mga popular man o hindi.

Bahagi ang mga artista ng panitik ng talastasan.

At maituturing na ang panitikan ay showbiz din dahil ang karamihan sa mga sangay ng literatura ay pagtatanghal o palabas din tulad rin ng musika, pagpinta, paglilok, teatro, sining biswal, telebisyon, pelikula, arkitektura at sayaw.

Kaya sino nga ba ang kailangang maging kasapi ng Aksyon kundi ang mga pintor, manlililok, aktor at aktres at iba pang artesano, mananayaw, arkitek at mga manunulat, direktor at iba pang may kinalaman sa sining na siyang pinamumugaran at tinitirhan ng isang artista.

Kaya sa mga bilang na musikal sa ikalawang MPM ay pagpapatunay na nakikialam hanggang ngayon ang mga artista sa mga problema ng bayan at kung paano sila makakatulong na malutas ang mga suliraning ito.


Nasa entablado at sa paligid nito noong Biyernes sa Ayala sina Lolita Carbon ng dating grupong Asin, Cookie Chua ng dating samahang pangmusikang Color It Red at Bayang Barrios na simula noon—maliban sa kanyang mga kompositor, tambol mayor, tagasaliw na mga bokalista at iba pa niyang musikero—hanggang ngayon ay nagsosolo.

Ngayon ay tatluhan na kung ituring sina Lolita, Bayang at Cookie at tinagurian na silang Tres Marias.

Nasa tanghalan din sina Monique Wilson, Jograd de la Torre, Jim Libiran, Dino Manrique, ang The Jerks, Coritha, Frannie Zamora, Mae Paner na kilala rin sa tawag na Juana Change at marami pang ibang banda, mang-aawit, dramatista, komedyante at iba pang mga taga-showbiz.

Ewan lang kung ang mga nabanggit ay kasapi na ng Aksyon pero kung hindi pa ay hindi pa naman huli ang lahat at kahit kailan ay hindi mahuhuli ang pakikipaglaban para sa kalayaan, katarungan, kapayapaan ng isang artista.

Kung titingnang mabuti—dahil hindi pa kami lubusang oryentasyunado tungkol sa Aksyon—ang Aksyon ay isa ring alternatibong pangkat na tulad rin ng Concerned Artists of the Philippines.

Hindi nga ba’t si Bien Lumbera ay miyembro kapwa ng Aksyon at CAP?


Karagdagan ngayon sa mga artistang nakikialam sa mga isyu at usapin ng lipunan sina Monique, Lolita, Cookie, Bayang, Coritha at iba pang nasa Ayala pero wala o hindi namin nakita sa unang Million People March sa Luneta noong ika-26 ng Agosto, 2013.

Ipinagkakapuri naming idagdag ang mga ito sa presensiya ng mga bituing sina Mae, Jograd, Jim, Dino, Edu Manzano, Bianca Gonzales, Mylene Dizon, Gloria Diaz, Cesar M. Evangelista, Noel Trinidad, Leo Martinez, Jun Urbano, Mariel Rodriguez, Robin Padilla, Rommel Padilla, Rafael Centenera, Perry Dizon, Jess Evardone at marami pang iba.

Gaano man kataas o kababa o kagitna ang kanilang kamalayan sa pakikisangkot sa sosyo-pulitikal na mga diskurso ay mga mamamayan din sila at artista na pinaiiral ang responsibilidad na kanilang kaakibat sa pagiging isang tao sa lipunan.

Kung may matayog o malawak nang pamantayan na ginagamit sa isang nakikialam na nilalang at hindi man lang sila umabot sa unang baytang ang panukat na ito, may ibang mga araw pa na maaaring tumaas o lumagpas pa sa higit na inaasahan ang pakikibaka nila laban sa mali para itama.


Kung si Wilson nga, mula nang siya ay maging bahagi ng Repertory Philippines na madalas bansagan na kolonyal at pamburgis ang mga produksyon hanggang matuklasan siya para sa pelikula at telebisyon, inilunsad ng Viva Entertainment at pagkuwan ay nakuha bilang Kim sa West End na presentasyon ng “Miss Saigon” hanggang sa siya ay magtayo ng sarili niyang kumpanya ng aliw, ang New Voice Company na siyang nagprodyus ng “Vagina Monologues,” nagbanyuhay na sa kanyang mga pananaw ang aktres.

Militante na siya at naitanim na niya sa kanyang puso at isip ang pakikilangkap sa proseso ng pagbabago na magsisimula sa ibaba.

Ngayon ay mas mapuwersa na ang tinig ni Monique laban sa mga mapang-aping sistema at ang mga komplikadong sangay nito.

Ang mga ito ang kinakalag na tensyon at tunggalian ni Wilson upang sa kanyang ambag bilang babae, tomboy, tao, aktres, anak, kaibigan, kapitalista, kalaro, katrabaho, kaupisina, kasosyo, kabagang at iba pang papel sa tunay na buhay ay makapagpaliwanag at makapagpalaya siya ng utak at puso sa mga nalilito, nagugulumihanan, nakikibahagi sa pang-aapi at iba pang sangandaan para mas gumanda ang buhay sa Pilipinas.

Maaaring kahit makamtan ang paraiso ng buhay ay panaka-nakang darating ang mga impiyerno ng pakikisalamuha sa mga tao, bagay at institusyon kabilang ang mga nakikita at hindi nakikita pero ang mga kuntil-butil na maihahandog ni Wilson ay maging sapat na lunas sa mga pasakit.


Bukod kay Monique ay maidaragdag din sa mga artista ng bayan ngayon sina Darryl Shy, Pakyaw Duo—ang dalawahang tinig ng mga komedyante at novelty singer na dating barkada ni Manny Pacquiao at ang iba pang mga progresibong grupo ng mga mang-aawit at makata na tumula noon ng mga berso ng paglaban sa matiwaling paggastos sa Priority Development Assistance Fund O PDAF sa EDSA Shrine sa panahong ang protesta ay kasabay ng kaarawan ng diktador na si Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Kung sinuman ang nagpundo ng malawakang pagkilos na ‘yon ay maaaring wala nang pakialam o walang alam ang mga tulad namin nina Darryl at Pakyaw Duo pero ang tunay na diwa ng paglahok sa mga kapwa binubusabos na Pinoy ay nasa aming puso at isip.

Madali naman sigurong makahalata ni Shy kung siya ay ginagamit lang o minamanipula ng mga naghaharing-uring nagkukunwaring kasama ng mga inaapi.

Napakakomplikado ng lipunang ito kaya naman hindi madali ang maghusga o magnilay kung sino at aling mga dambuhalang puwersang kaaway ng kabutihan ang nanggagamit para sa kanilang pansariling kapakanan.

Gayunman, nasa EDSA Shrine din si Juana Change at papalag at papalag si Mae kung siya ay nakapunang ginagamit siya ng mga tampalasan o kaya naman ay makapagsasabi sa kanyang ipinapain lang siya.


Ang iba pang hindi tipikal na mga tagapag-aliw—bukod ay Wilson—sa panahon ng pagtutol ng sambayanan sa pork barrel sa Luneta at sa Mendiola noong paggunita sa deklarasyon ni Marcos ng Martial Law, ika-21 ng Setyembre, 2013 ay ang mga obrerong mandudula at mga kabataang nagmula sa hanay ng mga naghihikahos at naisatinig nila ang kanilang mga problema kakambal ng mga hilahil ng lipunan sa pamamagitan ng musikang rap at sayaw ng makabagong anyo ng pagtutol.

At bagamat hiwalay ang kilos-protestang sinalihan ni Cristine Reyes laban sa pork barrel ay hindi maikakatwang may diwa rin ang seksing aktres ng paglaban sa katiwalian dahil siya man bilang manggagawa ay naaapektuhan.

Sumama nga si Cristine isang araw ng Biyernes sa Lunsod ng Quezon sa ilang progresibong sektor ng mga manggagawa, tinder at tinder at humawak siya ng bandila ng pakikibaka.

Narereklamo na rin si Judy Ann sa pandarambong ng mga mambabatas sa buwis na kanyang ibinabayad at ayon sa kanya, nalalagay pa sila sa alanganin, kinakasuhan ng pag-iwas sa pagbabayad ng buwis gayong tumutupad naman sila sa mga batas.

Ayon kay Santos, pagod, puyat, pawis, dugo, oras at talento ang mga puhunan ng isang artistang tulad niya para kumita ng pera at makapagbayad ng buwis pero ninanakaw lang pala ng kanyang mga pulitikong ibinoto ng bayan na ang dalawa ay kasama pa sa kinasuhan.

Hindi man nagbanggit ni Juday ng mga pangalan, malinaw pa sa sikat ng araw na kasama pa niya sa trabaho ang dalawang senador na bibistahan—sina Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. at Jinggoy Estrada.

Nagiging makabayan man o hindi ang mga taga-showbiz ngayon, ang mahalaga ay nakikikintal sila sa mga nagaganap sa kanilang paligid at inaaring ang mundo ng aliw ay mundo rin ng mamamayan.

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Kenneth Guda | Erlinda’s Odyssey Fri, 30 Aug 2013 18:46:58 +0000

It has been a year and a half since her daughter Sherlyn’s disappearance.  Still, Linda Cadapan had not lost hope. She had been through hell and back, looking for Sherlyn in army and police camps, joining mass rallies and prayer vigils, speaking at forums, taking to reporters, politicians, and anybody who cared to listen.

“I never imagined that my life will turn out this way, but I am here. I will continue my search for Sherlyn,” she said.

When Sherlyn, fellow UP student Karen Empeno and farmer Manuel Merino disappeared on June 24, 2006, Linda, together with Karen’s mother Connie Empeno, sought Karapatan’s help.  Both mothers knew of their daughters’ activism—as volunteers for Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Bulacan (AMB) –but had little knowledge of their politics.

Immediately, Erlinda had to learn to speak publicly about her daughter. She also had to learn about the human rights situation in the country.  Overnight, from being a small entrepreneur in Los Banos, Erlinda became a speaker for the cause of desaparecidos. 

Though she initially did it to look for her daughter, now she has come embrace human rights advocacy.

“While we were looking (for Sherlyn), I came to understand what the activists are fighting for.  They are not bad people. What they say are true and they do what the government fails to do in the countryside,” she explained.

(November 2007)
The song, by Susan Fernandez Magno, is titled “Tagulaylay ng Ulilang Musmos” (Lullaby for an Orphaned Child”).  But the author used the song to evoke a mother’s longing and quest for her missing child. 
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Jenny Tañedo | A Source of Strength Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:18:07 +0000 ]]> 0 Joseph Purugganan | Aya’s Search Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:41:05 +0000

At around 10:30 in the morning of February 19, 2007, Leo Velasco, 54 was abducted in Cagayan de Oro City. Witnesses said men took him and forced him inside a Mitsubishi L300 van, which then sped away, leaving only his eyeglasses behind.

Since then her daughter Aya has been at the forefront of the search for her father and the campaign against enforced disappearances.

A human rights activist, Aya knows the issue of enforced disappearances by heart. Prior to the abduction of her father, she has been assisting the families of the “disappeared”,  accompanying them to court hearings, preparing the case reports and doing media work to ensure that the issue remains in the realm of public consciousness.

With the abduction of her father, Aya’s search has become more personal.

Aya’s mother Elizabeth Prinsipe met the same fate when she was abducted by eight armed men in Araneta Center, Cubao. She surfaced four days later and was accused of conspiring with Sen. Trillanes in his failed attempt to out President Arroyo.


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Leonard G. Reyes | No Stone Unturned Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:14:54 +0000

Six years after activist Jonas Burgos was abducted in broad daylight, in a busy restaurant inside a mall, he remains missing. Burgos is one of the hundreds of desaparecidos in the Philippines missing during the Arroyo regime. The families they left behind continue to look for their loved ones. This series of photos are from the first 100 days of the Burgos Family’s search.

Leonard G. Reyes’ photo story can also be seen in his blog.

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Candice Reyes | The Things Aydo Left Behind Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:12:35 +0000

Glenda Ancheta, or “Baby” as her father fondly called her, left for Dubai to work as a driver on the May 28, 2006. She used to drive her father Aydo around and accompany him to most of his appointments as a consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. Their trips made their father-daughter relationship stronger—they were “buddies”.

In her first weeks in Dubai, Baby and her father frequently talked on the phone. Aydo felt helpless knowing that the distance between him and his daughter made it impossible for him to be there to protect her should trouble come. Baby was on a 6-month work contract since she wanted to be home for Christmas. But one ill-fated day brought her back sooner than she  expected.

Leopoldo Ancheta or “Aydo”, as Baby fondly called him, was abducted on June 24, 2006 in Guiguinto, Bulacan, almost a month after she left. He was on his way home, walking from where his companions dropped him off. It was a 30-minute walk and he was alone. Suddenly, four armed men appeared by his side and forced him into a vehicle. Witnesses said that Aydo tried to fight back. They also tried to help him but were threatened by the armed men.  Two days later, Aydo’s companions, Celina Palma, Gloria Soco and Prudencio Calubid, were also abducted by armed men using the same vehicle that took Aydo away. The vehicle was believed to be owned by military elements.

The threats to her father’s life were not a secret to Baby. But she had a hard time working, eating and sleeping when she learned of what happened to Aydo. She recalled how he tried to convince her not to leave the country too soon as he would miss her. She remembered how he reminded her of their plans.  Baby wanted to fly home as soon as she heard the news. But she was ordered to pay her agency quite a sum of money—a sum she didn’t have. Fortunately, her husband and relatives managed to borrow the money she needed. Since Baby’s arrival in July 2006, Baby’s search for a father’s welcome-home embrace has not ended.

Written in 2007

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