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[Newspoint] Our own Gang of Four and a Half

Apr 29, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Duterte, Estrada, Arroyo, Marcos – they are our own Gang of Four, who, in the 60s and 70s, in its original Communist Chinese incarnation was the ruthless power behind Mao Zedong

[Newspoint] Our own Gang of Four and a Half

How incentives drive Duterte policies on drugs, housing, China

Apr 29, 2017 - 12:36 PM

In the same way that governments can dangle incentives to its citizens, governments can also dangle incentives to other governments

How incentives drive Duterte policies on drugs, housing, China

Why poverty is not a choice

Apr 27, 2017 - 12:09 PM

There are lessons that unpack for us how unsophisticated blaming the poor is

Why poverty is not a choice

Burying Gina

Apr 25, 2017 - 7:00 PM

How big mining is moving earth (and heaven) to prevent the confirmation of Duterte’s environment crusader

Burying Gina

12 considerations on Duterte and the ICC

Apr 25, 2017 - 2:40 PM

The weight of opinion is that this is a proper case of the ICC. There is immense interest in moving this forward, and I think we will get some traction soon.

12 considerations on Duterte and the ICC

Lessons from my father

Apr 24, 2017 - 11:50 AM

President Duterte is not my Tatay Digong. He does not command my obedience nor adulation. It is the nation, and not one person, that commands me.

Lessons from my father

Death penalty: No opting out

Apr 21, 2017 - 11:00 AM

It never makes good sense to flaunt our violation of international law. After all, when rapacious neighbors dig into our pie and leave not even the crust to us, we seek relief by invoking our rights under international law.

Death penalty: No opting out

Duterte coalition suffers cracks

Apr 20, 2017 - 5:00 PM

An odd mix of characters has indeed produced volatile relationships inside the Cabinet

Duterte coalition suffers cracks

Dutertismo’s elitism problem

Apr 18, 2017 - 6:00 PM

To continue the fiction of being simple folk, the Dutertians must consistently conjure an upper crust for them to demonize. How far can they go?

Dutertismo’s elitism problem

When we defied China

Apr 17, 2017 - 11:30 AM

President Duterte still has a chance to salvage the national honor by proceeding with his original plan to raise the Philippine flag on Pag-asa

When we defied China

Where does the military stand with Duterte?

Apr 15, 2017 - 11:00 AM

In the last 9 months, the military has been acting like the adult in its complex relationship with the commander-in-chief

Where does the military stand with Duterte?

When they gave him vinegar: From Christ to Raymart Siapo

Apr 13, 2017 - 3:00 PM

On Good Friday, in the Philippines – a country that celebrates its long Christian heritage – we see not the death but the persistence of cruelty

When they gave him vinegar: From Christ to Raymart Siapo

[Newspoint] Duterte's own numbers game

Apr 13, 2017 - 12:22 PM

The Duterte presidency is about tricks, a numbers game. If truth has no value to him, only illusions, what use do the media and other truth seekers and reporters have?

[Newspoint] Duterte's own numbers game

Verbal abuse

Apr 10, 2017 - 3:03 PM

I guess we will have to teach the Philippine Boy Scouts not to follow the example of the Chief Scout

Verbal abuse

Understanding public support for Duterte's drugs war

Apr 06, 2017 - 5:57 PM

What the seemingly contradictory results of the Pulse Asia and SWS surveys in December 2016 tell us

Understanding public support for Duterte's drugs war

What can we learn from China’s long history of fighting illicit drugs?

Apr 05, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Drug use is a problem, but sometimes the exaggeration of the problem could be more dangerous, and the cures on offer could be worse than the problem itself

What can we learn from China’s long history of fighting illicit drugs?

Our changing Manila: Trumped before we know it?

Apr 01, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Liveable cities need more than skyscrapers

Our changing Manila: Trumped before we know it?

Will tax reform really hurt the poor?

Apr 01, 2017 - 9:30 AM

With the vast popularity of the President, there’s no politically better time to push for a contentious tax reform bill

Will tax reform really hurt the poor?

[Newspoint] Why Time will find no other like Duterte

Mar 31, 2017 - 6:30 PM

President Duterte possesses other qualities that suit the purpose of Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people

[Newspoint] Why Time will find no other like Duterte

Kampanya kontra droga hadlang sa makamasang kaunlaran

Mar 31, 2017 - 5:44 PM

Walang saysay ang paglago ng ekonomiya kung hindi makikinabang dito ang mahihirap dahil sila ay walang habas na pinapaslang sa mga kalsada

Kampanya kontra droga hadlang sa makamasang kaunlaran

Paranoia drives Duterte's politics

Mar 30, 2017 - 11:00 AM

This worldview of conspiracies is the laziest kind of thinking that subverts self-criticism and does not allow for a vision to flourish

Paranoia drives Duterte's politics

Rewriting other parts of the Constitution?

Mar 29, 2017 - 7:18 PM

Are we content with the modes provided for rewriting the Constitution?

Rewriting other parts of the Constitution?

Is there limit to online hate?

Mar 29, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Trolls – and the massive machineries of hatred that operate them – all become banal in the face of compassion

Is there limit to online hate?

No to impeaching Duterte and Robredo

Mar 28, 2017 - 6:09 PM

What is a good thing – making top officials accountable – has now been distorted as a way of defeating the will of the people

No to impeaching Duterte and Robredo

Kahihiyan o karangalan

Mar 27, 2017 - 12:19 PM

Ang sagot sa pahayag ng administrasyong Duterte na hindi dapat nakikialam ang mga banyaga sa mga pangyayari sa Pilipinas: may karapatan silang makialam kapag mga Pilipino na rin mismo ang nagrereklamo sa kanila

Kahihiyan o karangalan

A low carbon future

Mar 26, 2017 - 1:00 PM

The Renewable Portfolio Standard can address the administration's least cost energy goals while encouraging renewable energy generation

A low carbon future

A eulogy for Mom

Mar 26, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Lila Shahani on mother Leticia: 'I wanted to birth her into the afterlife the way she had birthed me into this life. My only sentiment, throughout it all, was the deepest gratitude.'

A eulogy for Mom

Why the drug war thwarts our pursuit of inclusive growth

Mar 25, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The drug war not only threatens to slow down growth, but also qualifies as one of the most anti-poor policies in recent Philippine history

Why the drug war thwarts our pursuit of inclusive growth

[Newspoint] Duterte, Carpio and the dos and don'ts of leadership

Mar 24, 2017 - 4:57 PM

The President and the Senior Associate Justice are a study in contrast

[Newspoint] Duterte, Carpio and the dos and don'ts of leadership

Keeping 'endo' alive: DOLE’s Department Order No. 174

Mar 22, 2017 - 6:49 PM

The labor department's dilly-dallying is in stark contrast to the President’s consistent and unequivocal stand against contractualization

Keeping 'endo' alive: DOLE’s Department Order No. 174

Perfect storm in wild, wild Philippines

Mar 21, 2017 - 12:07 PM

For our sake, we better understand what is happening and act collectively to avert the worst outcome

Perfect storm in wild, wild Philippines

Has 'overwork' taken on epidemic proportions in the country?

Mar 18, 2017 - 9:00 AM

What's the real score with overworked Filipinos? We're taking a closer look.

Has 'overwork' taken on epidemic proportions in the country?

Excitement over troubled waters

Mar 17, 2017 - 2:09 PM

There is no reason for the hair-tearing and the insane frenzy that followed the sighting of Chinese vessels in the vicinity of Benham Rise

Excitement over troubled waters

Flores’ fluorescent lamp and (our lack of) critical thinking

Mar 15, 2017 - 3:01 PM

Instead of looking at Mocha Uson as a problem in and of herself, perhaps we can (also) view her as a symptom of a deeper malady: our lack of critical thinking

Flores’ fluorescent lamp and (our lack of) critical thinking

[Newspoint]: Back to war

Mar 14, 2017 - 3:03 PM

Let’s not allow ourselves to be easily persuaded that the police are reformed and that their prejudicial application of the law is a thing of the past

[Newspoint]: Back to war

House on fire

Mar 13, 2017 - 3:33 PM

The House leadership disregarded rules and procedures to approve the death penalty bill. With the bill on criminal responsibility on the next agenda, an uprising is inevitable.

House on fire

A Generation's Dirge, Part 2

Mar 12, 2017 - 1:00 PM

'If we go beyond the factional debates and how cadres and ex-cadres interpreted them and justified their respective sides, we can discern a couple of interesting things'

A Generation's Dirge, Part 2

Who said women are 'great partners' in nation building? Apolinario Mabini

Mar 11, 2017 - 5:07 PM

If only Apolinario Mabini's draft constitution was not politicized by his nemeses, Filipinas would have started enjoying the rights they have now as early as 1898

Who said women are 'great partners' in nation building? Apolinario Mabini

Putting a president behind bars

Mar 11, 2017 - 12:34 PM

If the criminal acts imputed on the President were committed when he was not yet a president, he cannot be protected by presidential immunity

Putting a president behind bars

Free tuition alone won’t make college any more accessible

Mar 09, 2017 - 10:40 AM

We need to focus more on the disadvantages that poor students face much earlier in their lives

Free tuition alone won’t make college any more accessible

'Sayang' moments

Mar 08, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Today, the Duterte administration poses the risk of being another ‘sayang’ moment

'Sayang' moments

Duterte, De Lima and Lascañas: Not a love triangle

Mar 07, 2017 - 11:07 AM

The Supreme Court will see clearly that Duterte, De Lima, and Lascañas do not love each other, but surely love for this country and for the rule of law will make the Court decide the case in the right way

Duterte, De Lima and Lascañas: Not a love triangle

Block a troll today

Mar 06, 2017 - 3:11 PM

It's your patriotic duty. And here's how to detect one.

Block a troll today

Requiem for a Generation

Mar 05, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Why are many 'veterans' of the fight against the Marcos dictatorship now are pitted against each other in the battle between President Rodrigo Duterte and his opponents?

Requiem for a Generation

Refuting Yasay: No oath of allegiance for green card holders or NY Bar passers

Mar 04, 2017 - 10:00 AM

To be clear, taking an oath of allegiance to the United States is not a requirement to obtain LPR/green card status. But it is a requirement to become a naturalized citizen of the US.

Refuting Yasay: No oath of allegiance for green card holders or NY Bar passers

[Newspoint] Condemned by crowd acclamation

Mar 03, 2017 - 10:32 AM

Not unlike Pontius Pilate, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II called out to tens of thousands gathered at the Luneta on the evening of February 25 and asked them whom they wanted targeted next, possibly to join Senator Leila de Lima in jail, and they shouted back, 'Trillanes!'

[Newspoint] Condemned by crowd acclamation

Rethinking the mandatory ROTC program

Mar 02, 2017 - 10:55 AM

An under-funded ROTC program is susceptible to corruption and actually breeds more distrust of government

Rethinking the mandatory ROTC program

Why miners are not ready for Gina Lopez

Feb 28, 2017 - 6:26 PM

Mining industry players did not invest enough in building goodwill. And this explains why they were not prepared for someone like Gina Lopez.

Why miners are not ready for Gina Lopez

Whose EDSA? A reflection on the (failed) promises of ‘People Power’

Feb 27, 2017 - 9:07 AM

Like an audience of a ‘teleserye’ with no control over the plot, spectatorship is our default mode of involvement. What EDSA represents is the hope that such passivity has not always been the case.

Whose EDSA? A reflection on the (failed) promises of ‘People Power’

What lies ahead in the peace process?

Feb 26, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The gains and the headway in the last six months are far too historic, too productive, and too promising to abandon

What lies ahead in the peace process?