Saturday, December 12, 2009

December 10 as Human Rights Day

Celebrated worldwide, December 10 is Human Rights Day. Where was I then? Actually I missed the occasion and I was not able to draw an editorial cartoon for the international event on date.

I know that there were activities that human rights groups held for the local-based celebration.

Anyway, I tried to draw a cartoon for the HR Day as posted here. Replying to the Angel of Death symbolizing "Human Rights Violations or HRVs", Juan dela Cruz (who represents everyone of us) says: "Your scythe is very sharp (tulis, short for "matulis")..."

While we are dealing with the issue on HRVs, majority of the Filipino people have remained in grave poverty. This is the symbol that the shackle in my drawing wants to convey. In my opinion, the these two issues are very much inter-related to each other. Many victims of HRVs belong to the poorest of the poor who are powerless and do not have the influence that can at least protect themselves from abuses.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Private armies could not exist without the warlords. Could they?

Crack Down on Private Armies

I know my drawing does not really represent how well-equipped the so-called private armies in Maguindanao Province after the Armed Forces of the Philippines was able to find high-powered arms and ammunition in the province which has been under Martial Law. The arms and ammunition were excavated in lots that allegedly belonged to the Ampatuans while some were found in the mansion of Datu Unsay Andal Ampatuan Jr. during a raid of the military.

Most of the arms and ammunition have labels that show they were/are coming from the Department of National Defense/AFP. Well, anyway, we hope that the efforts of the military, especially with the declaration of Martial Law there, will be able to crack down on the private armies not only in Maguindanao but also in other areas in the country.