Usapang Pangkapayapaan

Rey Tamayo, Jr.

Kamakailan ay nagkaroon ng pagpupulong si pangulong Duterte kay Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza kasama ang ilang miyembro ng gabinete na sina Secretaries Silvestre Bello III, Liza Masa, Judy Taguiwalo, at Rafael Mariano upang talakayin ang mga nakakasang peace engagements sa mga armadong grupo tulad Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Moro National Liberation Front, Bangsamoro, CPP/NPA/NDF at maging sa Cordillerans group.

Ayon kay Dureza, sinsero at pursigido ang pangulong Duterte na magkaroon ng makatarungan at pangmatagalang kapayapaan sa bansa at makamit ang magandang resulta sa mga nakalatag na usaping pangkapayapaan.

Hinggil sa Bangsamoro, nakikita ng pamahalaan ang positibong resulta sa ilulunsad na Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro kung saan nakatakdang magpulong ang mga kinatawan at opisyal ng MILF, MNLF at iba’t ibang grupo ng Bangsamoro upang talakayin ang single road map tungo sa inaasam na kapayapaan sa Mindanao.

Suportado rin ni pangulong Duterte ang patuloy na paghahangad ng kapayapaan sa autonomous region ng Cordillera at hinikayat ang mamamayan ng CAR na magkaisa at maisakatuparan ang mapayapang layunin ng rehiyon na naaayon sa Saligang Batas.

Samantala, may inihandang special instructions naman ang pangulo sa government peace panel patungkol sa mga alternatibong hakbang upang maisulong muli ang usapang pangkapayapan sa CPP/NPA/NDF, ito’y matapos na kanselahin ng pangulo ang umuusad na peace talks at unilateral cease fire declarations.

Bagama’t naging maayos ang pag-usad ng nakalipas na tatlong serye ng usapang pangkapayapaan na ginanap sa Oslo, Norway ngunit kinansela ni Pangulong Duterte ang negosasyon matapos ang pag-atake ng hinihinalang mga miyembro ng New People’s Army (NPA) sa convoy ng militar na ikinasawi ng tatlong sundalo na naghatid lamang ng relief goods sa mga biktima ng lindol sa Surigao del Norte.

Sa pagkakaudlot ng unilateral cease fires ng gobyerno at ng CPP-NPA-NDF, tila isang malaking hamon kung papaano mareresolba ang ilang mga isyu na nais ng pamahalaan na mabigyan ng kasagutan mula sa NDF.

Sa kabila ng mga nangyari, kumpiyansa pa rin umano ang liderato ng Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army, at National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) at ang kasalukuyang administrasyon na muling mabubuksan ang dayalogo hinggil sa usapang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng gobyerno at ng komunistang grupo.

Mahalagang maisakatuparan ang usapang pangkapayapaan, ang kailangan lamang ay maging bukas ang isa’t isa hinggil sa iba’t ibang aspeto at tuntunin ng peace negotiation sa pagitan ng pamahalaan at sa iba’t ibang mga armadong grupo dahil nakasalalay sa peace talks ang: ekonomiya ng bansa, maayos na edukasyon lalo na sa mga kanayunan, maayos na pamayanan, buhay ng kapwa Pilipino (sundalo, pulis, pulang mandirigma, mandirigmang moro, sibilyan) at ang dangal ng lahing Pilipino.

Remate columnist shot dead, 3rd journalist killed in Masbate

A columnist of the tabloid Remate was gunned down by motorcycle-riding killers in Milagros town, Masbate Monday morning, media reported. News reports said Joaquin Briones was shot four times in the back along Bombon Bridge, Sitio Feeder Road in Barangay Bacolod around 8:45 a.m. Briones was also popularly known as “Dos por Dos,” for the local radio program he used to host. He also used to publish the Masbate Tribune. Known as a hard-hitting journalist, Briones was convicted in 2000 to more than 12 years in jail for libel and was granted parole after serving almost half his sentence in 2005, records of the National Union of Journalists show.

He was the third Masbate journalist murdered since 2003 when Nelson Nedura was killed December 2 that year and Antonio Castillo was murdered on June 12, 2009. Jun Briones is the second journalist killed under the Duterte administration both of whom are from the Bicol Region. Larry Que, publisher of local paper Catanduanes News Now, was shot by an unidentified gunman December 20, 2016.

Reference:
Rowena Cahiles
Program Coordinator
NUJP-IFJ Media Safety Office
NUJP Hotline: 09175155991

NUJP website is back

… and we’re back!

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines announces the return of its website, http://www.nujp.org/, which was taken down by a massive denial of service attack Monday night.

As we said then, we were down but never out because, no matter how hard the enemies of press freedom and free expression try, we, the NUJP, the independent Philippine media, the Filipino journalists, and all freedom-loving Filipinos who we serve will never be silenced.

We thank all those who helped spread the message and who stood by us, and those who assisted us in restoring the website.

At the same time, we urge the independent media community and our people to remain vigilant against all forces who wish to silence the free exchange of opinion and dissent in their desire to force us to sing one tune. They and their dark goals are anathema to democracy, which can only thrive in the full exercise of our freedoms and the full enjoyment of our rights.

MABUHAY ANG MALAYANG PAMAMAHAYAG!​

Reference: Ryan Rosauro, chairperson
NUJP Hotline 09175155991

Metamorposis ng mga Istorya

Rey Tamayo, Jr.

Kamakailan ay napabilang ang aming pinakabagong aklat – ang antolohiyang “Wagi/Sawi: Mga Kuwentong Luwalhati at Pighati” sa 37th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) na ginanap sa SMX Convention Center sa Pasay City (September 14-18, 2016) na inilathala ng University of the Philippines Press.

Ang nasabing book fair ay nilahukan ng iba’t ibang mga publisher at distributor tulad ng Ateneo University Press, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, University of the Philippines Press, Abiva Publishing House, Adarna House Inc, Anvil Publishing Inc, Vibal Publishing Company, Bookmark Inc, PSICOM Publishing Inc, Precious Pages Corp.,at iba pa na inorganisa ng National Book Development Board.

Isa sa pangunahing tema ng MIBF ay maipabatid sa publiko lalo na sa mga kabataan ang kahalagahan ng pagsulong ng pagbasa maging ang importansiya ng panitikang Filipino.

Ang antolohiyang “Wagi/Sawi: Mga Kuwentong Luwalhati at Pighati” ay binubuo ng mga kontemporaryong kuwentista na kinabibilangan nina Carlo Pacolor Garcia, Chuckberry J. Pascual, U Z. Eliserio , Maki Lim, Mar Anthony Simon dela Cruz, Maricristh T. Magaling, Tilde Acuna, Rachel Valencerina Marra, Soliman A. Santos, Marlon Lester, Vlad Gonzales, Shur C. Mangilaya, John Barrios, Rey Tamayo Jr., Nonon Villaluz Carandang, Christian Tablazon, Jayson V. Fajardo, Bernadette Neri, Isaac Tapar, Mark Angeles, Nino Calalang, German Gervacio, Emmanuel T. Barrameda.

Ang aming kolektibong mga akda ay pinamatnugutan ng dalawang premyado at batikang manunulat na sina Rolando Tolentino at Rommel Rodriguez, kapwa mga propesor ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, Diliman.

Tila napapanahon ang mga nasabing akda upang magkaroon ng batayang paralelismo upang patuloy na makibaka sa hamon ng kapalaran lalo na’t ang buhay ng bawat indibidwal ay nahahati sa dalawang magkaibang dimensiyon – ang kasawian at tagumpay.

Ang mga elemento ng Sawi at Wagi ay patuloy sa pag-usad, paggalaw at nababago sa paglipas ng panahon at tila pumipintig gaya ng cursor sa mala kultural at sosyal na ebolusyunismo.

Nais kong sipiin ang ilang bahagi ng paunang salita ng antolohiya buhat sa aking mga editor:

“Sa sobrang tayog, agad lalagpak, matapos pumailanglang sa kalawakan, malulunod sa malalim na kawalan, natagpuan ang sarili subalit biglang maliligaw, matutupad ang pangarap na agad mahahatak ng pagkabigo: ganito binubuo at hinahati ang ating pagkatao. Muling nangahas ang mga kontemporaryong kuwentistang Filipino. Winner o loser, walang in-between sa mga kuwento.

Ginagalugad ang samu’t saring loob at labas ng ating uri, kasarian, sexualidad, henerasyon, relihiyon, etnisidad, lahi, pagkamamamayan at pagkabansa . Narito ang mga kuwentong bumibitaw upang maging matatag ang ating paninindigan, naghihinagpis upang makilala ang tagumpay, nalulungkot upang mangarap. Namayani man ang dalawang polaridad ng ating indibidwal at kolektibong danas, sa huli matatagpuan natin ang ating mga sarili na nilalampasan ang mga luwalhati at pighati ng ating panahon.”

Sa aking personal na akda na pinamagatang “Arlene” – nakasentro ang istorya sa magkababatang sina James at Arlene na kapuwa lumaki sa isang rural na baryo.

May kaya sa buhay ang pamilya ni James kaya’t naging posible sa kaniya na makapag-aral ng maayos mula elementarya hanggang kolehiyo hanggang sa nakapagtapos siya sa kaniyang piniling kurso – ang abogasya.

Samantala, maagang naulila sa mga magulang si Arlene at ang tanging naging kasama sa buhay ay ang kaniyang nakatatandang kapatid na si Alona, na sa kalauna’y nag udyok sa kanya na pasukin ang prostitusyon dahil sa kahirapan sa buhay. Naging mesirable ang buhay ni Arlene hanggang sa mapatay nito ang isang politiko na nagtangkang gahasain siya.

Sa paglipas ng panahon, muling nagtagpo ang kanilang landas sa court room kung saan ipinagtatanggol ni James bilang abogado ang kaniyang kababatang si Arlene na naging biktima ng pagkakataon.

Iginuhit ng kanilang magkaibang kapalaran (Wagi/Sawi) ang ideyalismo ng mapagpatuloy sa laban ng buhay. May iba’t ibang elemento ng kubling-malay na nagaganap sa ating buhay; ang mga kahirapan, problema at pagsubok ngunit hindi natin dapat malimutan na sa kabila ng masalimuot na pangyayayari nananatili ang isang aspeto sa ating mga tao – may pag-asa!

Hindi natin dapat kalimutan na may nalalabing pag-asa sa bawat indibidwal sa atin, sa tulong at awa ng nasa Itaas.

Para sa Literatura at Panitikang Pilipino… Kudos, mga kapatid sa panulat.

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Rebolusyonaryong Pagbabago

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(Photo taken from personal FB page of President Duterte)

By: Rey Tamayo, Jr.

Sa pagpasok ng ika-100 araw ng panunungkulan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte, tila naging mabilis at radikal ang mga pangyayari lalo na’t ang usapin ay tungkol sa malawakang kampanya kontra sa ilegal na droga.

Matatandaang panahon pa lang ng kampanya ay ideneklara na ni Pangulong Duterte (sa buong bansa) ang giyera kontra sa mga drug pusher, drug user, drug protector at sa mga drug lord. Batay sa mga datos na galing sa Philippine National Police (July 1-October 4), mayroong–

 1,377- na mga suspek ang napapatay.

 732,698- na mga users/pushers ang sumuko sa pamahalaan.

 22,503- na mga suspek ang naaresto.

 1,634,111- na mga binisitang bahay sa mga pinaghihinalaang user at pusher o mas lalong kilala sa Oplan Tokhang ng PNP sa ilalim ng liderato ni PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.

At tinatayang nasa 1,800,000 na mga Filipino ang mga drug user batay na rin sa 2015 Dangerous Drug Board Survey.

Isang rebolusyonaryong pagbabago ang gustong maisakatuparan ng administrasyong Duterte bago matapos ang kaniyang termino upang maisalba ang susunod na henerasyon sa kamay ng masamang impluwensiya ng ilegal na droga.

Nagsisimula pa lang ang rebolusyon ngunit ramdam na ng publiko ang positibo at progresibong pagbabago na matagal ng hinahanap ng nakararaming Filipino na hindi nagawa ng mga nagdaang administrasyon.

Unti-unti na ring nararamdaman ng mga halimaw na nasa likod ng monopolyo ng droga ang bigwas ng kamay na bakal ng administrasyon. Marami na ang umaray sa matapang na kampanya ni Pangulong Duterte; kaliwa’t kanan ang napapatay na mga pinaghihinalaang drug pusher at drug user, may mga boluntaryong sumuko, may mga nagbunyag ng kanilang nalalaman hinggil sa kung sino ang nasa likod ng operasyon ng droga sa bansa, isinapubliko ang mahabang listahan ng mga protektor ng droga at tinanggal ang ilang opisyal ng pamahalaan na sangkot sa droga.

Ang resulta- nabulabog ng husto ang mga drug lord at mga sindikato ng droga. Sa takot na mabunyag sa publiko ang kani-kanilang mga boss, malaki ang posibilidad na ang mga sindikato na rin mismo ang pumapatay sa kanilang sariling mga tauhan upang mapagtakpan ang kanilang operasyon.

Kung gusto talaga nating mga Filipino na malinis ang bulok na sistema ng pamahalaan, kailangan natin ng isang lider na may tapang at malasakit upang humarap sa mala dambuhalang hamon ng korapsyon, krimen, at kahirapan.

Bagama’t may mga kritiko ang Pangulong Duterte sa diumano’y summary execution o extra judicial killing sa bansa na pinuna ng bansang Estados Unidos, European Union at maging ng United Nation ngunit depensa ni Pangulong Duterte malinaw umano ang kaniyang direktiba sa mga pulis at sundalo na patayin ang mga “kriminal” kung malalagay sa alanganin ang kanilang sitwasyon.

Mayor parte, mga kriminal ang napapatay sa operasyon ng mga otoridad.

Sa isang prespektibo at paralelismong pananaw, mas katanggap tangap na mapatay ng mga alagad ng batas ang mga kriminal sa lipunan kaysa sa mapatay ng mga kriminal ang mga inosenteng sibilyan na ang hangad lamang ay mabuhay ng marangal. At ang human rights ay para lamang sa mga tao at hindi sa mga hayop.

Nakikipagpunyagi tayo sa isang yugto ng realismong traspormasyon ng ating lipunan at ang nangyayari sa ating bansa sa kasalukuyan ay may nagaganap na malawakang rebolusyon kontra droga.

Ang realidad, sa isang giyera o rebolusyon hindi maiiwasan na may magbuwis ng buhay— may mamamatay at mamamatay sa giyera.

Ngunit kung ito ang isa sa mga alternatibong paraan upang mailigtas ang mas nakararaming inosenteng Filipino sa kamay ng mga buwitreng drug lord, sumasaludo ako sa rebolusyon na sinimulan ni Pangulong Duterte.

Kudos, Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte!

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Award

Rey Award

My documentary entitled “Ang Metamorphosis ng Apoy, Tubig at Pag-asa won Special Jury Prize at Cinemaralita Film Festival 2016

Inaugural Address of President Rodrigo Duterte Oath-taking of the President of the Philippines Malacañang Palace | June 30, 2016

President Fidel Ramos, sir, salamat po sa tulong mo making me President; President Joseph Ejercito Estrada; Senate President Franklin Drilon and the members of the Senate; Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and the members of the House of Representatives; Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court; His Excellency Guiseppe Pinto and the members of the Diplomatic Corps; incoming members of the Cabinet; fellow workers in government; my fellow countrymen. [applause]

No leader, however strong, can succeed at anything of national importance or significance unless he has the support and cooperation of the people he is tasked to lead and sworn to serve.

It is the people from whom democratic governments draw strength and this administration is no exception. That is why we have to listen to the murmurings of the people, feel their pulse, supply their needs and fortify their faith and trust in us whom they elected to public office. [applause]

There are many amongst us who advance the assessment that the problems that bedevil our country today which need to be addressed with urgency, are corruption, both in the high and low echelons of government, criminality in the streets, and the rampant sale of illegal drugs in all strata of Philippine society and the breakdown of law and order. True, but not absolutely so. For I see these ills as mere symptoms of a virulent social disease that creeps and cuts into the moral fiber of Philippine society. I sense a problem deeper and more serious than any of those mentioned or all of them put together. But of course, it is not to say that we will ignore them because they have to be stopped by all means that the law allows.

Erosion of faith and trust in government – that is the real problem that confronts us. Resulting therefrom, I see the erosion of the people’s trust in our country’s leaders; the erosion of faith in our judicial system; the erosion of confidence in the capacity of our public servants to make the people’s lives better, safer and healthier. [applause]

Indeed ours is a problem that dampens the human spirit. But all is not lost.

I know that there are those who do not approve of my methods of fighting criminality, the sale and use of illegal drugs and corruption. They say that my methods are unorthodox and verge on the illegal. In response let me say this:

I have seen how corruption bled the government of funds, which were allocated for the use in uplifting the poor from the mire that they are in.

I have seen how illegal drugs destroyed individuals and ruined family relationships.

I have seen how criminality, by means all foul, snatched from the innocent and the unsuspecting, the years and years of accumulated savings. Years of toil and then, suddenly, they are back to where they started.

Look at this from that perspective and tell me that I am wrong.

In this fight, I ask Congress and the Commission on Human Rights and all others who are similarly situated to allow us a level of governance that is consistent to our mandate. The fight will be relentless and it will be sustained. [applause]

As a lawyer and a former prosecutor, I know the limits of the power and authority of the president. I know what is legal and what is not. [applause]

My adherence to due process and the rule of law is uncompromising.[applause]

You mind your work and I will mind mine. [applause and cheers]

“Malasakit;” “Tunay na Pagbabago; Tinud-anay (real) nga Kausaban(change)” [applause] – these are words which catapulted me to the presidency. These slogans were conceptualized not for the sole purpose of securing the votes of the electorate. “Tinud-anay nga kabag-uhan (real change). Mao kana ang tumong sa atong pang-gobyerno (this is the direction of our government).” [applause]

Far from that. These were battle cries articulated by me in behalf of the people hungry for genuine and meaningful change. But the change, if it is to be permanent and significant, must start with us and in us. [applause]

To borrow the language of F. Sionil Jose, we have become our own worst enemies. And we must have the courage and the will to change ourselves.

Love of country, subordination of personal interests to the common good, concern and care for the helpless and the impoverished – these are among the lost and faded values that we seek to recover and revitalize as we commence our journey towards a better Philippines. [applause] The ride will be rough. But come and join me just the same. Together, shoulder to shoulder, let us take the first wobbly steps in this quest.

There are two quotations from revered figures that shall serve as the foundation upon which this administration shall be built.

“The test of government is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide for those who have little.”

– Franklin Delano Roosevelt

[applause]

And from (Abraham) Lincoln I draw this expression:

“You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong; You cannot help the poor by discouraging the rich; You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer; You cannot further the brotherhood by inciting class hatred among men.”

[applause]

My economic and financial, political policies are contained in those quotations, though couched in general terms. Read between the lines. I need not go into specifics now. They shall be supplied to you in due time.

However, there are certain policies and specifics of which cannot wait for tomorrow to be announced.

Therefore, I direct all department secretaries and the heads of agencies to reduce requirements and the processing time of all applications, [applause] from the submission to the release. I order all department secretaries and heads of agencies to remove redundant requirements and compliance with one department or agency, shall be accepted as sufficient for all. [applause]

I order all department secretaries and heads of agencies to refrain from changing and bending the rules government contracts, transactions and projects already approved and awaiting implementation. [applause] Changing the rules when the game is on-going is wrong.

I abhor secrecy and instead advocate transparency [applause] in all government contracts, projects and business transactions from submission of proposals to negotiation to perfection and finally, to consummation.

Do them and we will work together. [applause] Do not do them, we will part sooner than later. [applause]

On the international front and community of nations, let me reiterate that the Republic of the Philippines will honor treaties and international obligations. [applause]

On the domestic front, my administration is committed to implement all signed peace agreements in step with constitutional and legal reforms.

I am elated by the expression of unity among our Moro brothers and leaders, and the response of everyone else to my call for peace.

I look forward to the participation of all other stakeholders, particularly our indigenous peoples, to ensure inclusivity in the peace process. [applause]

Let me remind in the end of this talk, that I was elected to the presidency to serve the entire country. I was not elected to serve the interests of any one person or any group or any one class. I serve every one and not only one. [applause]

That is why I have adapted as an article of faith, the following lines written by someone whose name I could no longer recall. He said:

“I have no friends to serve, I have no enemies to harm.” [applause]

Prescinding therefrom, I now ask everyone, and I mean everyone, to join me as we embark on this crusade for a better and brighter tomorrow.

But before I end, let me express the nations, on behalf of the people, our condolences to the Republic of Turkey of what has happened in the place. We offer our deepest condolences.

Why am I here? Hindi kasali ito diyan. [laughs] The past tense was, I am here because I love my country and I love the people of the Philippines. I am here, why? Because I am ready to start my work for the nation. [applause]

Thank you and good afternoon.