When i got in to the UP School of Economics, I already had my life track in mind. I wanted to go the corporate world. High salaray, the high life and all the perks most people who want the same thing know. But I started questioning this dream when I was exposed to Focus on the Global South.
I got assigned to the commons project, where in we studied cases of land grabbing in the Philippines. It was here that I learnd what corporations needed to do to achieve their real estate visions. And it did not give me any delight.
I learned that for corporations to build high rise buildings, resorts and other structural projects, they needed to do one thing – evict those who come on their way. And more often than not, this leads to land grabbing.
Our farmers, indigenous countrymen and other people who have long lived on a certain piece of land will obviously resist evacuation. This resistance more often leads the corporations to do unlikely things, from simple forms of harassment to brually killing the leaders of the resistance.
Up to now, I am still contemplating on what path to take.