The labor department's dilly-dallying is in stark contrast to the President’s consistent and unequivocal stand against contractualization
For our sake, we better understand what is happening and act collectively to avert the worst outcome
What's the real score with overworked Filipinos? We're taking a closer look.
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
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
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
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.
'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'
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
If the criminal acts imputed on the President were committed when he was not yet a president, he cannot be protected by presidential immunity
We need to focus more on the disadvantages that poor students face much earlier in their lives
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
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?
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.
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!'
An under-funded ROTC program is susceptible to corruption and actually breeds more distrust of government
Mining industry players did not invest enough in building goodwill. And this explains why they were not prepared for someone like Gina Lopez.
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.
The gains and the headway in the last six months are far too historic, too productive, and too promising to abandon
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.
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.
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.
This sad episode can also be good for the country if we finally reform our criminal due process system
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
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.
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.'
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 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.
The EDSA Republic’s failure to live up to its promises spawned Dutertismo
Is a golden mean possible in mining? Yes, but radical reforms in governance are necessary to get there.
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
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
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
'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'
'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'
Sa aking palagay, makakatulong na masagot natin ang mga katanungang ito kapag nakilala na nating lubusang kung sino talaga si Wenceslao 'Wally' Sombero
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
Leadership plays a decisive, if not central, role. We can also fight the monster with our bare hands.
How does one call people appropriately these days? When is 'dear' acceptable? Or, for that matter, 'bok'?
Environment Secretary Gina Lopez is leading her entire clan in a familiar battle that involves politics and business
'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'
Unless we discern the straight and narrow path enlightened by God, we are doomed to bring the death penalty onto ourselves
Crime is a more complex and nuanced issue than many of our politicians will care to admit
Despite the President's announcement of an end of negotiations, my bet is that it will continue
'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.'
'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.'
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
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