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Our Brightest Star in the Darkest of Nights : Beng Hernandez' 35th Birth Anniversary

The world has moved on. The rest has forgotten. Some have forgiven. Except for a few. Whatever it is that has happened in the last 12 years or so, the fact remains that then 22-year-old Ateneo de Davao student-on-leave Benjaline "Beng" Hernandez was brutally murdered along with three other companions. Face smashed, shot at close… Continue reading Our Brightest Star in the Darkest of Nights : Beng Hernandez' 35th Birth Anniversary

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Beng Hernandez Would Have Turned 35 Today – A Message From Her Mother

On the 35th birthday of Beng... in a world where we struggle for everything under the sun. The clouds have passed by, and so has Beng's last breath, as if gone with the wind. ON THE 12TH STRUGGLING YEAR FOR PEACE and justice after they were massacred by the state-sponsored terrorism, the struggle remains not… Continue reading Beng Hernandez Would Have Turned 35 Today – A Message From Her Mother

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That Fateful Day on April 5, 2002: The Murder Of Beng Hernandez, et al

Lunch was about to be served in a humble nipa hut in Sitio Bucatol, Arakan Valley, North Cotabato. The feisty kolehiyala and her two other companions, Crisanto Amora and Vivian Andrade, HR advocates like my sister, prepared to partake of rice and guyabano. Shots were fired and before they realize it, the nipa hut was… Continue reading That Fateful Day on April 5, 2002: The Murder Of Beng Hernandez, et al

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Alec's Graduation: A Family Milestone

I know I'm not alone when I say this: Life these days has made it extra challenging to finish college. I don't even want to talk about what happened to a UP student who ended up taking her own life because a big obstacle stands in the way to achieving her goal. Money vs College… Continue reading Alec's Graduation: A Family Milestone

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Zero Dark Thirty: Of Torture, bin Laden, and Chastain

I watched Zero Dark Thirty out of curiosity of 2 things: (1) How good Jessica Chastain was in the movie and (2) What's the fuss with the torture debate that I've read online. As the movie started, which was a little dragging, I wanted to be as unbiased as possible. If I lost one of… Continue reading Zero Dark Thirty: Of Torture, bin Laden, and Chastain