On the OFWs’ compulsory payment of SSS premiums

Cartoon by Mark Suva/Kodao

“As Migrante feared, it is the OFWs who will bear the brunt of paying the monthly contributions and not the employer. How can OFWs have a secure future with SSS if 12% of their monthly income gets robbed by the government that stubbornly refuses to raise pensions?”– Arman Hernando, Migrante Philippines chairperson

‘Just making people laugh’

“They are shallow. I was just trying to make people laugh. They should not listen to us if they don’t like it.” Candidate Ronald dela Rosa, reacting to condemnations on his statement “The fastest way to learn Kapampangan was to kiss Pampanga women on the lips” in a campaign sortie in Central Luzon last February.

Cartoon by Mark Suva/Kodao

On candidates’ honesty

“Walang isang kandidato diyan na hindi nagsisinungaling, kaya hindi dapat nagiging issue ang honesty ngayon.” (There is no single candidate who does not lie, so honesty should not be an issue now.)–Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, defending her Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) candidates accused of dishonesty and corruption.

(Cartoon by Mark Suva/Kodao)

EDSA at diktadurya

“Tayo ang EDSA! Tayo ang pag-asa, ang totoo at ang pinakamakapangyarihang pwersa laban sa diktatura!“–Bagong Alyansang Makabayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. during a commemoration of the first People Power Uprising at EDSA last Saturday, 23 January.

‘Paano na ang mga magsasaka?’

President Rodrigo Duterte has recently approved the Rice Tarrication Law, allowing massive rice importation into the country.

Cartoon by Mark Suva/Kodao

On Maria Ressa’s arrest

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa was arrested last night when the courts were already closed, preventing her from posting bail and forcing her to spend a night in jail. Ressa and Rappler are facing other charges after President Rodrigo Duterte expressed anger over the media outfit’s critical reportage of his government.

Para sa kalayaan ng mga bilanggong politikal

Before attendees of the Free Rey Casambre Campaign at the University of the Philippines last Saturday, Public Interest Law Center managing counsel Rachel Pastores said the judges and prosecutors who handle the cases of incarcerated National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace consultants must be encouraged to do what is right. (Image by Carlo Francisco/Kodao)

Children vs convicted criminals

Several members of the Philippine House of Representatives want the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility lowered from 15 to nine years old while powerful personalities such as former First Lady Imelda Marcos convicted of graft remain free. (Cartoon by Mark Suva)

The PNP on profiling ACT members

“There is no provision in the Constitution or in the law that prohibits anybody, specifically the Philippine National Police or Armed Forces of the Philippines as a law enforcement agency, to gather intelligence information.”–Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde–10 January 2019

‘Rape is part of culture’

“[For those] working as slaves [overseas], rape [comes with] the territory. Kasali sa kultura (It’s part of the culture).”–President Rodrigo Duterte (Masbate City/11 January 2019)