ANTONIO J. MONTALVAN II is a Mindanao anthropologist and ethnohistorian. He is a Ford Foundation scholar for the doctorate in anthropology on Mindanao Studies with the Mindanao Anthropology Consortium. Montalvan has written articles about Mindanao history and culture in academic journals.
It is time to contrast Gloria Macapagal Arroyo with the norm against the Marcos dictatorship that her father had left us.
It would seem that the Commission on Audit is one of the handful few not afraid of Duterte vengeance. And this time they have done it again for daughter Sara when she was mayor of Davao City. It certainly was not her first time to be red-flagged.
Reconcile, if you can, the illogicality of having somebody who once helmed Rodrigo Duterte’s extrajudicial killing sprees being appointed as undersecretary of the cabinet branch tasked to save lives.
Red tagging thrives when power does not reside in the people.
The litmus test between journalism and propaganda, as has been established by praxis, is intention. The intention of journalism is to tell the truth, however uncomfortable it may be. Propaganda’s intention is to manipulate public opinion by presenting news only...