Bong O. Wenceslao

Bong O. Wenceslao

Wenceslao’s road to the journalism profession was circuitous. While still with Southwestern University’s campus publication The Quill, he was offered a reporter’s slot in the Visayan Herald (now defunct). He worked part-time in dyLA.

But a bigger concern drew away Bong, as colleagues call him: the fight against the Marcos dictatorship.

Some seven years later, he was back, more serious about resuming his journalism career at dyLA. But as writing was his real passion, he left broadcasting to be a reporter at The Freeman. In 1997, he joined Sun.Star Cebu.

As a journalist, he believes he is no longer out to radically change the world but merely to make a difference through his writing. His columns reflect his causes: freedom, nationalism, justice. Twice, he was awarded best in column writing by the Cebu Archdiocesan Mass Media Awards.

Columns

Another NPA founding anniversary

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was placed on red alert yesterday for the 46th anniversary of the New People’s Army (NPA).

‘Coddling’ Marwan

THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has submitted the result of its own investigation into the bloody encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25 that killed 44 elements of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP), 18 MILF fighters and five civilians. As expected, the contents of the document had some sectors criticizing the MILF’s version of the clash.

Time to move on

PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino spoke again about the Jan. 25 Mamasapano debacle during the commencement exercises of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) at Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Silang Cavite yesterday. The Mamasapano clash left 44 members of the PNP’s elite Special Action Force (SAF), 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters and five civilians dead.

Burying the dead

WE buried Neneng (Edwina), wife of my older brother Wenie, at the Carreta Cemetery Monday. Neneng died of cancer of the breast, an illness she hid from the rest of her family for months. When she finally got treated, she didn’t survive the chemotherapy sessions she went through.

“Karon hinuon nga naluag-luag na mi, wa na hinuon si Neneng,” my brother told me during her wake.

Prosperity and democracy: a theory

I USED to read some Marxist literature when I was in college and when more important concerns outside the four walls of the university obsessed me. I grew up in a community of informal settlers and it was not surprising that I was asking economic questions early, like why are there many people who are poor and only few who are rich? That led me to class struggle-and it enamored me for years.

More on Cebu guerrilla’s Harry Fenton

I MISSED again this year’s Manunggal climb, which was held last March 14 and 15, or a few days before the anniversary of the death of former president Ramon Magsaysay in Mt. Manunggal, Balamban on March 17, 1957. This also means that it has been a while since I was in Barangay Tabunan, Cebu City where we used to start the climb to Manunggal.

Worries over the Pulse Asia survey results

SOMEBODY approached me recently to talk about the result of the recent Pulse Asia survey on the most preferred candidate for president in the coming 2016 elections. The survey was conducted from March 1 to 7, or a month after the Jan. 25, 2015 Mamasapano, Maguindanao clash that caused the death of 22 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers, 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters and five civilians.

Losing trust in PNoy

SO President Noynoy Aquino’s approval and trust ratings have gone down in the aftermath of the Mamasapano incident?

Senate report: blame over lessons?

SEN. Grace Poe, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, presented yesterday a 12-page executive summary of its probe into the Mamasapano, Maguindanao clash last Jan. 25, 2015 that resulted to the death of 44 elements of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF), 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters and five civilians.

Attaching blame

IT IS apparent that some of the people waiting for the Board of Inquiry (BOI) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to release the result of its investigation into the Jan. 25, 2015 clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao between Special Action Force (SAF) policemen and Muslim rebels are already deep into the blame game. They were surely disappointed that the data gathered didn’t validate their biases.