Philippine Star

To end a struggle: The fall of Camp Abubakar and what remains

It has been sixteen years since the fall of Camp Abubukar, but the struggle did not end with the dismantling of camps and death of Moro revolutionaries. As long as there is a refusal to confront the truths of our shared history, as long as there is a failure to understand and celebrate our differences, and as long as there is a child who longs to belong in a country she calls home, the struggle will not end. The struggle never ends for the oppressed.
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Valedictorian from Mamasapano tearfully pleads: Invest in education, not war

"Sa totoo lang, naiisip ko na sana araw-araw na lang ang graduation, dahil walang military operation." As far as valedictory speeches go, Norombai Utto's words spoke not only of her hopes, but also that of her community in Barangay Tukanalipao — the village that became the stage of a firefight between members of an elite police force, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and other armed groups, which led to the deaths of more than 60 people.
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Inquirer apologizes for labeling Muslim woman 'security risk'

The Philippine Daily Inquirer has apologized for a lead-in caption that labeled a Muslim woman in a front-page photo wearing a traditional dress a "Security Risk?" last May 9, saying “sorry to those who have taken offense over the caption head.” According to a statement released by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), the woman in the photo is the wife of a top Muslim official in the Aquino administration and is the mother of one of the Regional Assemblymen who was sworn in that

All-out war vs BIFF disrupts classes, displaces more than 125,000

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Given a choice, Hazuiar wants her children learning lessons in school than lining up for relief goods in an evacuation center. But today, her daughter Norhayna has missed another day of school, her son Rashid is not at the learning center in their village, and both are carrying relief goods as she lines up to get some medicine for her youngest child. These days, choice is not something Hazuiar and her children, along with 125,000 other evacuees have.
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Her name is Jennifer

It’s a shame that it took reports of an American Marine suspected of killing a transgender Filipino for us to be particular with how the media tackle transgender issues and, by extension, LGBT issues. A quick Google search using the search term “Jennifer Laude” will show us an easily corrected but continuously peddled mistake. In identifying the victim, a network uses “Jeffrey Laude alias ‘Jennifer,’” and another settles for “Jeffrey Laude also known as ‘Jennifer.’” An online news outlet expla
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Ok luv u

After more than a decade of texting, I’ve concluded that our parents, especially our fathers, have standard text messages: “Cge” (which means they agree with whatever has been said), “Bkt?” (which means they demand an explanation), and “K” (which can mean almost anything from “sure, no problem” to “sure, go ahead but if I find out, you’re dead”). My dad uses all three. Sometimes he uses all-caps, which makes him “sound” angry or impatient even if he really isn’t. For him, text messaging is supp