what i read: cultures & boundaries

In an effort to reboot my blog, I’m rounding up (yet again) things I’ve read (both on and off the internet) these past handful of days. I’m slowly easing out of a writing rut, in a manner of speaking.

Here we go.

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#neverforget: martial law in the philippines (1972-1986)

To mark the 43rd anniversary of the declaration of martial law, here is a link round-up of articles — lest we forget. 

Still timely to remember, though we collated these accounts on the occasion of National Heroes’ Day: Here’s a round-up of stories of young lives interrupted by Martial Law from Bantayog ng mga Bayani’s archives.


#LastPNoySONA: A round-up

Here’s the masterlist of the Research section’s SONA special report on the promises of President Aquino for all SONAs since 2010.

Aquino promises kept/not yet kept

Governance:  Has Aquino prosecuted the corrupt?

Education and health: Has Aquino improved education, health sectors?

Metro Manila flooding: Has Aquino solved Metro Manila flooding problems? 

Agrarian reform: Has Aquino fully enacted agrarian reform? 

Peace and Justice: Many empty promises 

Legislative agenda: Only 2 Ledac meetings so far

National security: National security focus on people’s protectors 

pope francis in PH: homilies and addresses

This is a round-up of Pope Francis’ speeches and homilies. (Edited to include Pope’s address to youth at UST and Homily at the concluding Mass in Rizal Park)

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news round-up: cab driver and cousin convicted of 2000 kidnap-slay, other stories

Cab driver, cousin convicted of 2000 Chuang kidnap-slay

It took fourteen years and four judges, but finally a decision: Taxi driver Monico Santos and cousin Francis Canoza were found guilty by a Manila Regional Trial Court of kidnapping and double homicide in connection with the October 2000 abduction and death of 5-year-old Eunice Chuang and nanny Jovita Montecino.

Chuang and Montecino were last seen boarding Santos’ taxi on Oct. 17, 2000. They were on their way home from school. When they failed to make it home that day, Chuang’s mother Emily contacted Santos, who at the time regularly fetched Eunice and brought her home.

The two were later found in Santos’ home in Bulacan. Their bodies were discovered in the ceiling.

Teresita Ang-See has said that the case is one of the longest they have ever seen.

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