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The second edition of Beyond Disappearance: Chronicles of Courage was launched on March 31, 2021 at a time when courage is paramount. Like the desaparecidos whose struggle for human rights and fundamental freedoms was propelled by steadfast courage, today we need to be fearless and resolute in order to prevail and surmount the continuing resurgence of repression.

On April Fools’ Day, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte is heard confessing in soliloquy that he is finally a diehard Duterte supporter (DDS). He regrets seeing the light belatedly, but his conversion is complete. Without hesitation, he embraces the Duterte idolatrous canon and he is now emancipated from his constrictive viewpoint of the President.

Adolescent mothers should be relics of the past when early childbearing was the norm. But child mothers are still ubiquitous in the modern setting, not only in underdeveloped and developing countries but also in developed nations.