The many uses of war

Radel Paredes 10/13/2018

Learning from history, Duterte understands the importance of war in ensuring public support for his claims to eradicating criminality and terrorism. The first year of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration was rocked by various controversies, such as his…

The enduring child

Radel Paredes 10/06/2018

Amid the reports of rampant killings here in Cebu last week came the equally tragic news about four elderly siblings who died in a dawn fire in Camiguin. It was a shock to us in the art…

Portraying Lapu-Lapu

Radel Paredes 09/29/2018

Unveiled at Palm Grass Hotel in Saturday, September 22, was my sculpture “Ang Sangka sa Mactan” (“The Battle of Mactan”), a four feet by three feet wood relief or carving. It is the second of a series…

The idea of civil defense

Radel Paredes 09/15/2018

Peacetime complacency made Filipinos forget the importance of preparedness for any emergency or disaster even as the nation remains prone to typhoons, earthquakes and other calamities. Ensuring that government continues to function amid a major disaster is…

How to cut a talking head

Radel Paredes 09/01/2018

One of the things that struck me during a visit to Davao City a few years ago was a live interview with then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on a late afternoon local TV news program. There was nothing…

Watching Japan

Radel Paredes 08/25/2018

Football fans are usually a rowdy crowd that don’t care leaving behind a pile of mess at a stadium after a game. So we were all surprised and awed seeing that video of the Japanese audience during…

Tubo

Radel Paredes 08/18/2018

Not that we are turning a blind eye on them but today we take a much needed breather from all the somber and shameful issues and talk about something more uplifting. Let’s talk about art, which has…

To serve and protect who?

Radel Paredes 08/11/2018

The alleged involvement of another cop in the latest killing incident in Cebu, this time the ambush in Carcar of another member of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), makes the public increasingly suspect that this series…

Becoming Davao

Radel Paredes 08/04/2018

As if taking cue from the President’s promise to keep the drug war “relentless and chilling,” the spate of killings purportedly aimed at drug personalities have dramatically increased here in Cebu. While in most cases, the assassins…

Changing the Law

Radel Paredes 07/21/2018

The fourth of July found me attending a dinner party at the house of an American friend who is married to a Cebuana. The party, however, was not meant to celebrate the Independence Day of the United…

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