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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?

De Lima's arrest: Justice as revenge

Feb 26, 2017 - 3:30 PM

De Lima has already been judged guilty by Duterte, Aguirre, and the rest of the President's followers. It's all about payback, with interest.

De Lima's arrest: Justice as revenge

A senator is arrested

Feb 26, 2017 - 9:30 AM

We know that she has been charged with many offenses, many of them too ridiculous to pass any laugh test. What we do not know – and what really matters – is whether she is guilty or not.

A senator is arrested

The relevance of the EDSA People Power Revolution, 31 years later

Feb 26, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The 1986 People Power revolution was not merely a people’s collective exertion against a tyrannical regime. More importantly, it was a people’s war to recover their dignity and freedom ensuring that as life comes from God, only God can take away.

The relevance of the EDSA People Power Revolution, 31 years later

Never again an Arroyo and De Lima injustice

Feb 25, 2017 - 10:57 PM

This sad episode can also be good for the country if we finally reform our criminal due process system

Never again an Arroyo and De Lima injustice

The fragility of democracy: Why we can’t just ‘move on’ from EDSA 1

Feb 25, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Perhaps it’s best to remember EDSA 1 not as one great wholesale victory for democracy, but rather as a testament to the fragile nature of democracy

The fragility of democracy: Why we can’t just ‘move on’ from EDSA 1

The essence of EDSA: Change begins with us

Feb 25, 2017 - 8:00 AM

We don't need false prophets of change who claim that they are the people's last hope. The change that we so desire begins with us.

The essence of EDSA: Change begins with us

STAKEOUT: 1986 People Power – Pagbabalik-tanaw

Feb 25, 2017 - 7:58 AM

Habang papalabas ako ng Palasyo at sa aking paglalakad, isang foreign journalist na nagla-live report ang aking nadaanan at nakaringgan na ganito ang sinasabi: 'We, the Americans, like to think we taught Filipinos democracy. Tonight, they are teaching the world.'

STAKEOUT: 1986 People Power – Pagbabalik-tanaw

Martin, stop being an embarrassment to the Bisaya!

Feb 24, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Martin, please don't include us in your stupidity. Admit that your lies were exposed. And seek forgiveness from the journalists, including Trillanes and the other senators.

Martin, stop being an embarrassment to the Bisaya!

Martin, ayaw intawon paka-ulawi ang mga Bisaya!

Feb 24, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Martin ayaw na mi intawon i-apil sa imong kabuang. Angkona na nga nabisto ang imong pambutbut ug pangayo na ug pasaylo sa mga peryodista, apila na pud si Trillanes ug uban pang mga senador.

Martin, ayaw intawon paka-ulawi ang mga Bisaya!

March, but mourn not the demise of EDSA Republic

Feb 24, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The EDSA Republic’s failure to live up to its promises spawned Dutertismo

March, but mourn not the demise of EDSA Republic

Good science, due process and mining

Feb 22, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Is a golden mean possible in mining? Yes, but radical reforms in governance are necessary to get there.

Good science, due process and mining

Making sense of a Dutertian legal gobbledygook

Feb 22, 2017 - 7:46 AM

Let me try to do the next best thing, and that is annotate so that we can, at the very least, get a glimpse of how the brain of a Dutertian works

Making sense of a Dutertian legal gobbledygook

Let's keep alternative facts away from policymaking

Feb 21, 2017 - 11:36 AM

When policymakers rely less on facts and more on their personal emotions and beliefs, they are no more different than quack doctors who blindly give out medical treatments that could turn out to be costly, ineffective, and even harmful

Let's keep alternative facts away from policymaking

[Newspoint] Duterte’s abridged war and peace

Feb 20, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Not known to retreat in battle, Mr. Duterte has called off the twin campaigns on which he launched his presidency seven months ago – a war on drugs and peace talks

[Newspoint] Duterte’s abridged war and peace

Ang patotoo ng mga drug lord at kidnapper

Feb 20, 2017 - 12:45 PM

'Kagalang-galang na talaga ang hustisya sa Pilipinas. Ang salita ng kidnapper ay ebidensya na ngayon...[at] sinasanto na natin ang salita ng mga drug lord'

Ang patotoo ng mga drug lord at kidnapper

Politics as an opium of the masses

Feb 19, 2017 - 11:30 AM

'Imagined or real, politicians can also intoxicate people's minds by giving them a sense of unity and purpose, a master narrative for what's happening today, and a vision of a better tomorrow'

Politics as an opium of the masses

STAKEOUT: Sino si Wally Sombero?

Feb 17, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Sa aking palagay, makakatulong na masagot natin ang mga katanungang ito kapag nakilala na nating lubusang kung sino talaga si Wenceslao 'Wally' Sombero

STAKEOUT: Sino si Wally Sombero?

Manny Pacquiao and the Bible

Feb 17, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Inasmuch as many of us are irritated at Manny Pacquiao for using the Bible in the Senate, the reality is that he is not the enemy here

Manny Pacquiao and the Bible

Graft and corruption in our everyday lives

Feb 15, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Leadership plays a decisive, if not central, role. We can also fight the monster with our bare hands.

Graft and corruption in our everyday lives

Pare, boss, dear and Pinoy culture

Feb 13, 2017 - 12:07 PM

How does one call people appropriately these days? When is 'dear' acceptable? Or, for that matter, 'bok'?

Pare, boss, dear and Pinoy culture

Green vs greed? The Lopezes' new family saga

Feb 13, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez is leading her entire clan in a familiar battle that involves politics and business

Green vs greed? The Lopezes' new family saga

Resume peace talks, resume interim ceasefires

Feb 12, 2017 - 1:00 PM

'To save and bring the whole peace process back on track should entail, to use court case terms again, a return to the status quo ante – the situation before the breakdown in the process'

Resume peace talks, resume interim ceasefires

Choosing between Hell with Duterte and Heaven with the CBCP

Feb 12, 2017 - 12:05 AM

Unless we discern the straight and narrow path enlightened by God, we are doomed to bring the death penalty onto ourselves

Choosing between Hell with Duterte and Heaven with the CBCP

Why the death penalty is unnecessary, anti-poor, error-prone

Feb 11, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Crime is a more complex and nuanced issue than many of our politicians will care to admit

Why the death penalty is unnecessary, anti-poor, error-prone

Duterte regains momentum in peace talks; is there still hope?

Feb 06, 2017 - 11:26 AM

Despite the President's announcement of an end of negotiations, my bet is that it will continue

Duterte regains momentum in peace talks; is there still hope?

War on drugs, war against the poor

Feb 04, 2017 - 9:42 PM

'An industry of murder is thriving, at the expense of the urban poor. Family members we interviewed repeatedly described the 'war on drugs' as a war against the poor.'

War on drugs, war against the poor

[Newspoint]: A runaway train

Feb 03, 2017 - 10:00 AM

'I can imagine it's not difficult for [Martin Andanar] to have felt legitimized' when he was enlisted as newspaper columnist. 'Now he's thinking of legitimizing bloggers as members of the press themselves.'

[Newspoint]: A runaway train

Closing the gender gap in economic opportunities

Feb 02, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Filipinas are not just outnumbered by their male counterparts in the labor force; a bigger share of employed women in the country work in jobs lacking decent working conditions

Closing the gender gap in economic opportunities

Beyond quick fixes: What we should do about the drug problem

Feb 01, 2017 - 5:35 PM

For as long as government officials and the public see drugs as an unqualified evil, another 'war on drugs' is bound to happen – and ultimately fail – in the future

Beyond quick fixes: What we should do about the drug problem