The issue of language is an issue of power. Hindi wikang Ingles ang nagbibigkis sa atin, kundi ang ating sariling wika. Kapag nabawasan ang paggamit at pagpapaunlad sa wikang Filipino, ano pa ang magbibigkis sa atin? Lalo tayong magkakawatak-watak… at may mga pwersang magsasamantala sa pagkakawatak-watak na ito upang isulong ang mga polisiya na hindi pabor sa nakararaming Pinoy. Hindi ito isang usapin lamang na pang-akademiko. Thirteen years akong nagturo ng English… at salamat sa mga naging guro ko sa PNU, naunawaan ko (at patuloy na nauunawaan) ang connection between language and power; connection between language and society. Hindi ko kayang manahimik sa issue na ito. Mahal ko ang English, pero mas mahal ko ang sariling wika ko at bayan ko! Kung tinututulan natin ang kawalan ng gender equity at ang stereotyping… kung nilalabanan natin ang linguistic annihilation of women in texts, lalong dapat labanan natin ang tangkang annihilation of Filipino. #TanggolWika
Marilyn C. Arayata
Author, “Hope Boosters for Fired up Souls”
Book Editor and Speaker
Hope Booster (Hope and Enthusiasm Advocate)
Former DLSU-D Faculty and Publications Coordinator
I could not reconcile these: a very insecure child who kept most of her feelings to herself and a grown up who shared many of her painful childhood experiences. Kathleen Bautista shows both in her e-book “Healing and Happiness for Wounded Children”.
I cried several times as I read the book. Why am I still crying while writing this (more of a reaction)? Maybe because all of us (whatever the family background) are wounded in some ways – and all of us want to claim “healing” and “happiness” so we can enjoy life despite the imperfections while we strive to achieve what God created us for. Now, I understand. You have to make people SEE what you went through and how you managed to rise from this painful situation… because only then can you truly convince them that healing is possible and that happiness is a choice!
I am sure that the author will inspire countless individuals, especially children who come from broken homes, and married couples who think that separation is the only option – through this powerful book!
This is a call for responsible and ethical stories on suicide.
What do most reports on suicide contain? Do they help prevent more suicides? Do they give hope and healthy options to heavily confused and depressed individuals? Do they include help lines?
I have other important concerns:
- Why report the specific method used by the victim when it produces a copycat effect?
- Why state a cause as if it were a fact when nobody knows all the circumstances behind a person’s decision to end his life? Besides, even suicide notes can be easily fabricated.
- Unless committed in a public place, you know that a person wanted it to remain private. Why publish a report when it does nothing to give hope to the hopeless?
- The effect of suicide on relatives is beyond comprehension. Why aggravate the situation by mentioning the complete names of victims?
I think the above-mentioned concerns are enough to urge media groups to adhere to a set of guidelines for responsible reporting on suicide!