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Randy David: Children of the Dew

They live underneath the rafters of the Guadalupe bridge that spans the historic Pasig River.  Right above them is Edsa, the busy highway framed by gigantic glittering billboards, where traffic famously crawls during the rush hours.  During the day, they sleep, or stare blankly at the muddy river, sedated by the vapor of solvent and glue that they sniff from hazy plastic bags. At night, they roam the wide boulevard searching for handbags or necklaces or mobile phones to snatch from harried passengers waiting for their ride.  The first time they were caught by the CCTV cameras of the Metro Manila Development Authority, they were pouncing on a slow moving taxi whose doors they had opened. As the startled driver tried to close the doors, a boy swiftly grabbed the small box under the wheel where the driver kept his day’s earnings.  They all then dashed away, deftly sidestepping the onrushing vehicles on the other side of the highway. Residents of the nearby squatter community refer to them …

From Inquirer Opinion: Passing by Conrado de Quiros

The picture is almost iconic. A man with a brown peasant face wearing a Mao cap with a bright red star pinned to it, a plaid kerchief dangling from his neck. Sometimes an assault rifle would be slung on his shoulders, at other times laid down on a table. Always a hammer and sickle would frame his head like a halo, sometimes a furious red, at other times a bright yellow amid a sea of red. That is the picture of Rogelio “Ka Roger” Rosal. He died last June. Over the last couple of decades, he became the face of the New People’s Army. He was its spokesman in ways that redefined the word. That we know of his death only now we owe to his party’s strange ways of handling the truth, a thing it has subjected to the vagaries of time and place. The official explanation is that it took all this time to inform Ka Roger’s family, personal and political, about his demise. Which, if true, can only add new dimensions to the concept of “protracted struggle”: At this pace, it would take 10 lifetimes to fi…