From a mother’s perspective

One of the trending topics in the Philippines and popular among Filipinos around the world is #JusticeForKian.  Kian is the 17-year-old student killed by the police during the “one time, big time” operation against illegal drugs in the Philippines.  Still a part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.  What makes Kian stand out though, among the more than 80 people killed in just four days, is the fact that the police sang their usual tune of “nanlaban” while the footage from the barangay CCTV told a different story. An additional flavor to the story is about the OFW mother who works as a domestic helper in the Middle East. Now in the Philippines to mourn for her son, she demands justice. Of course. And whether she gets it is another story. As a mother myself, I feel the pain. No parent wants to bury her own son. And the pain that dreams have been snuffed out because of his

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Soar, wounded as you may be

Just today morning, I saw a post on Facebook that says, “Life is short. Cut out the negativity, forget gossip, say goodbye to people who hurt you.  Spend your days with people who are always there.” That statement is very simple, if it refers only to friends, acquaintances, colleagues, neighbors, enemies or just anybody.  In others words, saying goodbye to non-members of your family is easier, yes it hurts, but easier.  Easier to burn friendly bridges turned bridges of sigh although yeah, bridges of sigh can be relevant and attractive. From the way my Mama raised me and the values I’ve learned from her, goodbye should’t be apart of the family’s dictionary. “So long” yes, but not goodbye.  Family is family is family is family. A description of family not being always about blood, is gaining popularity.  The employees of a company is considered belonging to a family.  Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) for example, become parts of a family not

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