Feature Articles


For more than four years now, peasant leader Alexander “Ka Alex” Arias, 61, has continued to suffer cruel and unwarranted detention, compounded by the snail's pace of justice in the Philippines.

Freedom for the Iskolar ng Bayan

They had simple but big dreams. 

(Fr)Eedom is coming

As a new administration enters Malacañang with the promise of change, Maricon “Eedom” Montajes and over 500 political prisoners hope for a chance to be free.
photo from pinoyweekly 

On Justice Guarina's "Economic Nationalism: Voices from the Past"

The very well-written article "Economic Nationalism: Voices from the Past" (Commentary, Philippine Daily Inquirer, September 24, 2014) was for me quite refreshing, considering that it was surprisingly written by a former high court official, retired Court of Appeals Associate Justice Mario Guarina III.

Camp Bagong Diwa, during martial law and now

About 30 years ago, the Marcos martial law regime was claiming to have supposedly already “normalized” the country's situation, that accordingly necessitated the imposition of martial law in September 1972. In actual fact, the Marcos martial law regime was then still persisting with its fascist dictatorship.


EDCA: A threat to Filipino people's liberty and security

“My brother is not a pig!” This famous line of multi-awarded actor Ms. Nora Aunor in the 1976 movie, Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamu (Once a Moth) is again a relevant line today as the United States government repositions and beefs up its military presence in the Philippines.

Genuine independence upholds the democratic rights of the people

The arrest and detention of student activist Emmanuel Mijares of the Ateneo de Naga University for chanting “walang pagbabago, sa ilalim ni Aquino” (nothing has changed under the Aquino administration) underscores the kind of freedom and democracy in the country. After the said incident, members of the Presidential Security Guards punched Mijares and forced into his mouth the streamer he was holding. 

Inhuman and Degrading Prison Conditions

The case of Andrea Rosal exemplifies the dreadful situation in Philippine prisons and detention centers. Rosal is a woman political prisoner whose only offense, if one would consider it as such, is being the daughter of the late spokesperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines Ka Roger Rosal. She faces charges of murder and kidnapping with murder after she was arrested in Caloocan City on March 27. To make things worse for Andrea, 28, she is now in her full term and due to give birth to a baby girl anytime soon. This is her first pregnancy and she barely knows what to expect.