Politika 2013 stemmed from discussions among present and former Cebu journalists on the need to find a way to air the views of journalists, bloggers, and ordinary citizens in the Visayas and Mindanao about local and national politics in the Philippines.
This is a blog for people with a passion to make a difference by engaging in politics as writers.
Yes, many of us have our own personal media outlets or blogs. However, we believe coming together online sharing views about politics would not only refine our ideas through friendly but free-wheeling discussions. It will, in the process, amplify the impact of these ideas.
With the enthusiastic feedback we are getting from journalist and blogger friends in Cebu, Ilo-ilo, Tagbiliran, Davao and General Santos Cities, we soon hope to get active involvement of a wide network of writers who have their own respective local online and offline outlets.
As of the moment, we are still beefing up the Politika 2013 with initial articles that should give us a general idea of the political situation at the national and local levels. Journalists and bloggers interested in publishing articles can send their inquiries to email@example.com.
POLITIKA 2013 seeks to involve a broader and diverse sectors engaged political discussions as the Philippines approaches 2013. We hope to achieve this by introducing independent voices and focusing on views from central and southern Philippines. With the power of social media, we intend to spread reliable information, critical thought and opinions from online opinion-makers in the Visayas and Mindanao. Views from the Philippine south must influence 2013.
We devote ourselves to democracy, human rights, accountability, social justice, and free speech. We believe this initiative at democratic journalism can make the Philippines a better place.
POLITIKA 2013 hopes to become a collaborative effort of an expanding network of journalists and bloggers in the Visayas and Mindanao engaged in providing regularly updated independent commentary. To help us achieve our mission, we urge all to comment and interact with us, share our posts to you own networks, and stimulate discussions about current issues affecting us.
Emmanuel ‘Anol’ Mongaya
Initial Contributing Writers
Karlo Mikhail Mongaya (Panay), Bong Galarpe (Cebu province), Romy Elusfa (Mindanao), Tonton Antogop (Cebu), and Ted Ayeng (Bohol). Masang Nagmamanok (MANA), an organization of some 8,000 sabungeros and cock handlers, likewise contributes hopefully a weekly column on politics and their advocacy.