Saturday, March 21, 2009

Small Rice Farmers

This is a redrawn editorial cartoon I fused with a ricefarm I took years ago in Davao del Sur, one of the rice bowls in Southern Mindanao region. This was one of the many cartoons I drew on the rice issue which was published when when rice supply level started to become stable because of the harvest season. Ironically, while the consumers enjoy lower price of rice the small farmers lost in the equation.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Beleaguered 10th ID

Rebelyn Pitao, 21 yo, a daughter of Kumander Parago of the New Peoples Army, was found dead in Carmen (Davao del Norte) last March 5. News reports say she was raped and brutally killed with torture marks and stab wounds found on her body. Pitao worked as a teacher at St. Peter's College (Toril, Davao City). She was abducted while on her way home from school. In an interview, the NPA spokesperson accused some soldiers under the Military Intelligence Group XI/10th Infantry Division, as responsible for the rape-slay. A task force was formed to probe on these allegation and bring justice to the victim.

The military authorities have pledged support to the probe. I hope that the task force will be able to know the truth of the brutal rape-slay of Ms. Pitao and that the AFP will clear up its name.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Tao Awards

Let me introduce to you some of the staff of Sun-Star Davao where I submit my editorial cartoons that you see posted in this blog. First in the row: Gigie Agtay, news editor; Nelson Bagaforo, news editor; Tessie Pana, marketing supervisor; and Estella Estremera, editor-in-chief. The occasion? They received the Tao Award '09 of the Ateneo de Davao University last Saturday, March 14, 2009.

Alongside with other trimedia representatives (local and national) who received their awards for winning as students' fave in the awarding event, SSD was conferred with Favorite News Section, Favorite Sports Section, Favorite Lifestyle Section, Favorite Editorial Section and Favorite Entertainment Section in the local category.

Anyway, what can I say for the men and women behind SSD? Congratulations. I know that such awards are also a source of inspiration to strive further to consistently print quality local newspaper like SSD. Kudos to all of you! (Photo grab from SSD webpage)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Some Editorial Cartoons

These days I am so enmeshed into working on various projects so that I have so little time for bogging like posting and visiting links' blogs. For this post, I decided to cull out from my vault some select editorial cartoons that I drew and published recently tackling issues that range from human rights violations as allegedly committed by some military men, the dilemma of over 6,000 homeowners (in Davao region, I guess) facing foreclosure orders, charter change proposal that, among other things, is designed to give foreigners more access and control to our wealth and the extra-judicial killings that remain unresolved until now.

Well, we really have many hot issues at hand. Lots of subjects to draw in my case.