Duterte should be made to understand somehow that, if people wonder whether he is sick, or worse, it’s not personal; it’s constitutional
The Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda is an attempt to secure the future of the region. Conflict and corruption, however, are getting in the way.
As Trump and Tillerson disrupt the staid halls of the US State Department, there should be no ignoring that robust, strengthened diplomacy is good for American security and for US-Philippine ties
As anti-discrimination legislation languishes in Congress, removing uniform and hair length restrictions is an easy place for schools to start protecting their students from discrimination
It's time for human rights groups to encourage the government of South Korea to examine its repressive laws
Duterte’s experience as mayor is out of proportion to the demands of the presidency. It ill-prepared him for checks and balances central to a democracy.
No post-authoritarian president has publicly mused about the declaration of martial law as much as Rodrigo Duterte
Is the protection of human rights a foreign-imposed concept?
When I say no to an invitation I really don't have to give a truthful excuse. All I need to do is give a polite one.
One person is displaced every 3 seconds. By the time you finish reading this sentence, someone will have been displaced.
Save the democratic institutions? If there’s anyone who needs saving – and needs saving now – it’s us.
Duterte has nationalized this local 'way of doing politics,' with its associated coercive features, vulgar argot, and a more personalized patronage system
Tinarget ng grupo ng mga tiwaling pulis ang girlfriend ng isang nakakulong na pusher at car thief – kinidnap, hiningan ng ransom, tinaniman ng droga
Without us realizing it, this atmosphere that limits critical thinking takes away from us our greatest facility as a people: our intellect
ISIS encourages terrorism in families experiencing frustrations, marginalization, and deprivation
Duterte may yet preside over the collapse of the democratic republic and, along with it, the dismemberment of the Philippine nation-state
In a world where Filipinos are everywhere, where our diaspora has no boundaries, it is time to take a liberal approach to Filipino citizenship
I have relished taking stances, being wrong, revising my positions. Yet our society can make it difficult for people to evolve politically and ethically.
Moro-Filipinas are often independent of their men, assertive, vocal, see the hijab as just another way of projecting their identity, and definitely, are major players in the locality
What the fundamentalist seeks is something we must all heed, because it is something common to our quest: stability
What’s certain is there’s a scare going around, if not an ISIS scare, a Duterte scare, and the latter seems to me the more plausible and imminently realizable
Business will eventually prevail over fundamentalist garbage, and push it out of these trading zones
(UPDATED) Congress’ refusal to convene is tantamount to a waiver, in favor of the Supreme Court, of the legislature's priority in performing the duty to reviewing the martial law declaration
Even among Mindanawons, there is a difference of opinion as to whether martial law is the appropriate response
But the High Court clarifies its decision on a number of issues concerning contraceptive implants and the product registrations of all oral contraceptives
Doubtless Duterte knows only too well that Lorenzana and his generals command the ultimate swing force and that without its support he is a toothless dictator
The US has blocked important decisions on climate finance, adaptation, and loss and damage. Without the US at the negotiating table, developing countries might even gain some leverage.
Maute fighters were at some point regular 'Juans'. What got them off track should be our main focus, if we want history to someday stop repeating itself.
What is assigned to Congress is not just a discretion to revoke or not to revoke President Duterte's martial law declaration but a positive duty to review it
Our babyboomer mayor-president may think he is living in the 1970s, but things have changed a lot since then
'Past experiences are not, and cannot be invoked to object to the proclamation of martial law in Mindanao'
As China and the Philippines engage in bilateral talks, Manila should revisit the South China Sea arbitral award and not sleep on its rights
Duterte is using a sledgehammer to take on a job that is properly accomplished with precision tools. It is the convenient but indiscriminate weapon of an authoritarian leader.
Questions must be asked now, before the freedom to ask is itself lost
Passion needs to be reframed. The original passion of passion, as it were, was to suffer in view of something greater and beyond the self.
A tighter grip on reality – through data and evidence – may be one of the best ways to brace ourselves against this new, rising wave of authoritarian rule
'These are times when everything that can be shaken is being shaken, when institutions are being challenged to their very foundations, and basic ideas of decency and human dignity are being violated with great impunity,' Sereno says during commencement exercises at the Ateneo de Manila
Are we better off after a year? Did we have a Marawi situation last year?
And whoever says that Congress need not convene to deliberate on the matter had better read the Constitution again
This is perhaps the tactical objective of terrorists attacking democracies: to force countries into draconian measures by increasing the trade-off between security and freedom
President Duterte’s strategy of de-emphasizing and compartmentalizing, while not abandoning, the territorial and maritime issues, is a wise move that can pay off if done smartly
We need to block rather than support Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao in order to pave the way for a different kind of peace that will not just benefit Mindanaoans but all Filipinos
As President Duterte expands his targets of opportunity, it is once again Mindanao – yes, his beloved Mindanao – that will be the laboratory of this 21st-century version of Marcos’ war
Says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno: 'We need lawyers who will not back down from serving the rule of law even at great personal cost. We need lawyers who will not bend to pressures to set the law aside in favor of expediency.'
The urge to write about UP returned recently because some in the UP community protested the plan to give President Duterte an honorary doctorate degree
We have to hand it to Tizon – his plan of getting away with the crime and still keeping the public on his side is an excellent strategy that would make Niccolo Machiavelli proud
'We have yet to see the reactions and opinions of actual katulong/kasambahay back home.... It’s important to ask who is part of this discussion and who is not.'
'A dictator once mortgaged our future to imperialist powers and bankrupted this nation. We cannot let another dictator do that again.'