Category Archives: Justice

First journalist killed under Pres. Duterte

This post is dedicated to slain journalist Larry Que. All content is from the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP). Photo courtesy of Manila Bulletin.

Slain Journalist & Columnist Larry Que. Photo courtesy of Manila Bulletin.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) in deploring the brutal murder of Philippine journalist and columnist Larry Que on Monday December 19, 2016. The IFJ and NUJP demand the Presidential Task Force on Violations of the Right to Life, Liberty and Security of the Members of the Media, to immediately investigate the murder.

On Monday, Larry Que, the new publisher of Catadunanes News Now was shot in the head as he was entering his offices, in Virac, Catadunanes, in central Philippines. He died from his injuries early on Tuesday morning in hospital. Que’s murder came after he published his column, which criticised local officials and their alleged negligence in allowing the setting up on the island-province of a recently raided shabu laboratory that authorities claimed was the “biggest” so far discovered in the country.

According to the NUJP, a second journalist, broadcaster Jinky Tabor, who was a witness to the raids that discovered the lab has also received death threats.

In a statement NUJP secretary general Dabet Panelo said: “We call on this administration to walk the talk and prove its professed respect for press freedom, not only by quickly solving these brazen assaults on press freedom but, just as importantly, by ending its penchant of falsely blaming media for deliberately misinterpreting its often inconsistent and incoherent messages and instead working on making its communications crystal-clear.”

IFJ general secretary, Anthony Bellanger, said: “”We deplore the brutal murder of Larry Que in the Philippines yesterday. Que’s murder demonstrates the increasing challenges that journalists in the Philippines face reporting on drugs. Action needs to be taken by the Duterte administration to guarantee the safety and security of the media across the country, and work to strengthen the freedom of the press to report on stories of public interest.”

Larry Que is the first journalist killed in the Philippines under the new Duterte administration, however the Philippines remains one of the deadliest countries for journalists worldwide. According to IFJ research since 1990 more than 145 journalists have been killed in the Philippines.

For the full story, please download the official press release from the IFJ – ifj-first-journo-killed-under-duterte

May 2013 Elections: Your Choices Define You

My fellow Filipinos, this is your opportunity to be heard.

The choices that you will make on election day will define our government.

The choices that you will make on election day will shape our country.

The choices that you will make on election day will mold this generation and the next for years to come.

Your choices define you. It’s time to take responsibility for those choices and be courageous in exercising that right.

There is this line in the Interpreter where in Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) confronts corrupt Matobo President Edmond Zuwanie (Earl Cameron) and delivers her winning line that encapsulates a people’s desperation:

“How could you give us so much, so much… then take away more?”

Those lines capture what any living country wants: integrity based leadership.

Don’t be afraid to tackle corruption, cronyism, vote buying, manipulation, most especially political dynasties and compare it to those running for government office.

I encourage you to take part in being critical and unafraid to point out the things in our society that need to be corrected and also to choose to do what is right most especially in the coming elections.

Do your research on the people you will be reinstating in office (yes, Filipino, you have that power). My fellow Filipinos, this is your family, country and life on the line.

May this 2013 election be an informed one.

“The gunfire around us makes it hard to hear. But the human voice is different from other sounds. It can be heard over noises that bury everything else. Even when is not shouting. Even if it’s just a whisper. Even the lowest whisper can be heard – over armies – when it’s telling the truth.” 

Lessons I Learned From The Godfather

The Godfather is the I-ching. The Godfather is the sum of all wisdom. The Godfather is the answer to any question. What should I pack for my summer vacation? “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” What day of the week is it? (insert Sicilian accent) “Mo-nday, Tu-esday, Thur-sday, We-dnesday.”

Though the movie was a masterpiece, the book provides better detail, strength and ferocity only Mario Puzo can pen. The Godfather is the best. Below is a compilation of all my favorite quotes.Enjoy!

On family: “A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.” – Don Corleone

On love: “You can’t hide the thunderbolt. When it hits you, everybody can see it. Christ, man, don’t be ashamed of it, some men pray for the thunderbolt. You’re a very lucky fellow.” – Calo

On profession: “Lawyers can steal more money with a briefcase than a thousand men with guns and masks.” –Don Vito Corleone

On friendship: “Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family.”- Don Corleone

On gratitude: “Time erodes gratitude more quickly than it does beauty!”

On decision-making: “Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.”

On society: “I don’t trust society to protect us, I have no intention of placing my fate in the hands of men whose only qualification is that they managed to con a block of people to vote for them.”

On Godfathers:Italians have a little joke, that the world is so hard a man must have two fathers to look after him, and that’s why they have godfathers.”

On business: “Tom, don’t let anybody kid you. It’s all personal, every bit of business. Every piece of shit every man has to eat every day of his life is personal. They call it business. OK. But it’s personal as hell. You know where I learned that from? The Don. My old man. The Godfather. If a bolt of lightning hit a friend of his the old man would take it personal. He took my going into the Marines personal. That’s what makes him great. The Great Don. He takes everything personal Like God. He knows every feather that falls from the tail of a sparrow or however the hell it goes? Right? And you know something? Accidents don’t happen to people who take accidents as a personal insult.” – Michael Corleone