RESOURCE GUIDE FOR MONITORING EXTRACTIVES FOR WOMEN ENVIRONMENTAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS (WEHRDs)
This book is a resource guide written for community-based women environmental and human rights defenders (WEHRDs) who would like to investigate or monitor impending or actual mining operations in their own communities. This is to enable them to closely examine and document actual or potential impacts and human rights violations in their communities, with additional attention to women.
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Writer: Erika Rey-Saturay Contributing editors: Femy Pinto, Mynabel Pomarin, Vaishnavi Varadarajan
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And with Bonifacio at the helm of the Philippines, would the country have been very different?
“I believe so. With Bonifacio in power, the Pact of Biak na Bato wouldn’t have happened. He would never have been fooled by the Americans. He would have led the Filipino people to continue the Revolution and we would have been a sovereign Philippines. Aguinaldo and his men should have cooperated with Bonifacio and the Katipunan, but Aguinaldo et al were full of pride with their elite educated leaders. Bonifacio had a one track mind when it came to the country’s freedom, just like Apolinario Mabini and Antonio Luna – definitely no compromise with the Americans.”
In the end, while there may be small hope that the current administration will act on the calls of this campaign for the Supremo, Chua is confident that as time goes on, more and more Filipinos will come to know the continuing relevance of Bonifacio and what he and the Katipunan fought and lived for.
“To recognize Andres Bonifacio’s presidency is to recognize a form of government that is not just a copy of the Western Style democracy but a concept that came from us—to uphold puri (honor) at kabanalan (spirituality) to have real kaginhawaan that leads to true kalayaan. A much needed attitude that each of us, especially our leaders must take into heart, before we can truly walk on the road to genuine freedom and progress. And more importantly, to recognize Andres Bonifacio’s presidency is to give justice to the man who built the Filipino nation,” he said.
“Nothing is innocent in Fischl’s images. People pose. People preen. Naked protagonists bend their limbs and contort their torsos as if their goal is to press as much flesh as they can against the picture plane — up close but hardly personal.“