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Threats of narcoterrorism in the Philippines

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:08 PM

Narcoterrorism has become a security problem that, if not quickly abated, can undermine world peace and stability

[Newspoint] A subhuman perspective on human rights

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Marcoleta got the lead role in the emasculation of the Commission on Human Rights and performed it to such perfection he deserves an Espenido medal

Thanks to Duterte gov't confusion, the Left regains influence

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The national democrats know a break with President Duterte's administration will be inevitable. For now, it will milk the relationship for all its strategic and tactical worth.

DUTERTE AND THE LEFT. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with National Democratic Front (NDF) Peace Panel Members Fidel Agcaoili, Chit Agcaoili, Benito Tiamzon, and Wilma Tiamzon over dinner at Bondi and Bourke Restaurant at Legaspi Suites, Davao City, on December 2, 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Inside the brotherhood: Thoughts on fraternity violence

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:41 PM

So many young promising men had been put to waste. So many dreams had been shattered. So many families had been broken.

Diokno defined courage for the Martial Law generation

Sep 19, 2017 - 10:19 AM

On the 45th anniversary of martial law and some 30 years after his death, Jose Diokno lives on, his ideals and his dreams, and his deeply held belief that it is worth building 'a nation for our children'

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER. Statesman Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno during one of the anti-Martial Law demonstrations. Photo from Diokno Foundation

The real issue behind Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s bail release

Sep 18, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The senator, accused of plunder, deserves to be released since he is not yet convicted. But this reasoning should apply as well to poor Filipinos in prolonged trial detention.

[Conclusion] Pluralism, populism and their perversions: Congress in the time of Duterte

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:15 PM

We need a president who will reform Congress and a Congress that will reform the presidency. We need a citizenry that will insist on having both.

Pluralism, populism and their perversions: Congress in the time of Duterte

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The 17th Congress, when viewed in tandem with the Duterte presidency, reveals the phenomenon of perverted pluralism (elitism) combining with perverted populism (one-man rule). Indeed, this signals 'change,' albeit from bad to worse.

[Newspoint] Smoking guns of history

Sep 16, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Once he dodged Trillanes' challenge, Paolo Duterte, academic specialization notwithstanding, could not stop his secret tattoo going into the ledgers under the same column as Ferdinand Marcos' transplanted kidneys, and Joseph Estrada's unopened envelope

Charter-change non-negotiables

Sep 14, 2017 - 10:28 AM

To counter vested interests, all citizens must be prepared to rally around key reforms that will truly bring about change

CHR budget betrays vindictive character of Congress

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:04 PM

Do we really think that this Congress with a subservient majority can craft a Charter, independent and intelligent enough without bowing down to outside interests or powers?

CONGRESS. The Congress Plenary Hall awaits legislators. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

We need new prophets

Sep 12, 2017 - 1:59 PM

Prophets first speak truth to power They do so because they believe that the future can be so much better

Basagan ng Trip: Ferdinand Marcos’ great ideas, bad executions

Sep 12, 2017 - 12:06 AM

Ferdinand Marcos had some great ideas Where did he falter?

Marcos plundered to 'protect' the economy? Makes no economic sense

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Let’s not sugarcoat it: what the Marcoses did was quite possibly the biggest presidential plunder in history

Human rights and the liberal agenda

Sep 11, 2017 - 9:46 AM

There is no such thing as a democracy that applies the rule of law in some instances and not in others We must fight for human rights for everyone regardless and in all instances regardless

From Paris to Houston, undeniable truth of climate change

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:00 PM

So if An Inconvenient Sequel isn t here to convince you that global warming is real if it s banking on you knowing what is it here to say?

AFTER HARVEY. In this file photo, Texas resident Jenna Fountain carries a bucket down Regency Drive to try to recover items from their flooded home in Port Arthur, Texas, September 1, 2017. Emily Kask/AFP

Is tax on volume-based, sugar-sweetened drinks good for our nutrition?

Sep 10, 2017 - 10:03 AM

While the proposed tax targets obesity and overweight it risks hurting those already susceptible to malnutrition

Duterte's falling out with the Left

Sep 09, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The contradiction between unity and struggle between working with the government on some issues but fighting it on others was a balancing act that many found confusing and difficult

[Newspoint] The general lets a round tear fall

Sep 09, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Dela Rosa – and also the public attorney, Persida Acosta, who shared his sentiments with similar moistness – may have been genuinely, deeply hurt, but their reaction seems to me just too self-centered, too insensitive, too disproportionate for tears

[Conclusion] Leila de Lima: Bloody but unbowed

Sep 06, 2017 - 4:26 PM

The tide will turn with or without the support of my colleagues and when it does they will have to face the consequences of the choices they have made even the choice to ignore the truth and allow innocent people to be victimized says De Lima

SURRENDER. Senator Leila de Lima steps out of the Senate building to surrender to the PNP on February 24, 2017. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Conclusion: The misuse of impeachment

Sep 06, 2017 - 10:00 AM

We have opened the Pandora’s box One can only hope that we will be also to correct ourselves and restore impeachment to its rightful use as a means of accountability and not a political weapon that will only destroy this country

Leila de Lima: Bloody but unbowed

Sep 05, 2017 - 4:30 PM

An interview with Senator Leila de Lima who has been kept in detention for over 6 months now

BIRTHDAY WISH. Detained Senator Leila de Lima attends her hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on August 18, 2017 and says her birthday wish is 'vindication soon.' File photo from Office of Sen Leila de Lima

Don’t just build health infrastructure – make it SMART

Sep 05, 2017 - 4:30 PM

If we want to ever achieve UHC in developing Asia and the Pacific our future health infrastructure must be built SMART

BEING SMART. More digital health interventions are needed to improve the quality of care in SMART facilities. Photo by Lester Ledesma for ADB

The misuse of impeachment

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Impeachment cannot be used as a tool to persecute or silence perceived political opponents or critics or to subject presidents or other officials to harassment for performing their duties This can never be the intent of the framers of the Constitution

[Dash of SAS] Someone just told me he has HIV. What do I say? What do I do?

Sep 04, 2017 - 4:00 PM

If you find yourself still not knowing what to say offer benevolence and understanding through silence

The Duterte dispensation

Sep 04, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Dutertismo is a new dispensation in Philippine politics And for those of us unsettled by this fact historian Mark Lilla offers some advice: If you are unhappy with the terms of debate during one dispensation you have no choice but to prepare a new one

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony for the promoted Star Rank Officers of the Philippine National Police at the Malacañan Palace on August 30, 2017, reiterates his ordder to the police to sustain their efforts against illegal drugs and criminality. But he was quick to add that he will not tolerate any forms of abuse and corruption among the PNP ranks. Malacañan Photo

Game changer: China's first stealth nuclear sub

Sep 03, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Few are aware of the greater threat of China’s nuclear attack stealth submarines lurking in the 9 dash area

[Newspoint] A sea change for news

Sep 02, 2017 - 2:36 PM

Today, fake news swamps us. How to deal with it?

How to win the war on drugs

Aug 31, 2017 - 9:18 PM

Many nations have tried for many years and have failed

Wake up! Kian’s death shows us drug wars can’t be won

Aug 31, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Let s stop pretending that we can ever win this war on drugs or that there s such a thing as a non violent war on drugs

Kian's uncle, Randy points the corner where the boy was shot. The bullet holes is visible with Kian's blood splattered around it. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Basagan ng Trip: What's the government's problem with ride-sharing companies?

Aug 29, 2017 - 7:06 PM

What s behind the government s crackdown on Uber?

I apologize for being a critic

Aug 28, 2017 - 10:30 AM

As a way of repentance I shall henceforth stop all criticism of this government until I am able to achieve moral perfection Or perhaps I shall go in search of that perfect person who has denounced everything that needs to be denounced worked on everything that needs to be solved

Fact, fiction and fetish

Aug 27, 2017 - 4:00 PM

What is our relationship to truth? What does it mean to tell the truth? What kind of practice is truth telling?

The Ser Davos of Davao

Aug 27, 2017 - 8:30 AM

More often than not criminals in government eventually find a way to consolidate power in an absolute manner And when they do they become what we call Untouchables

[Newspoint] Allocating press freedom

Aug 26, 2017 - 3:28 PM

The more the press becomes intimidated the more Duterte tries to intimidate it It’s simply the nature of the man as certified to clinically and as now revealed spectacularly in his presidency

Why Duterte has to be ousted, and why even that won’t be enough to defend ourselves

Aug 26, 2017 - 10:00 AM

If we allow him he will continue to deploy all the power and the resources commanded by the presidency to escalate his brutal war on the poor to establish a dictatorial regime and to take us to a modern dark age We have a moral duty to stop this from happening

7 steps to turn back the politics of hate

Aug 25, 2017 - 12:53 PM

The politics of hate and fear does not have to paralyze a people; it can be addressed and it can in fact catalyze a sense of common purpose it can unleash both resolve and resistance; it can engender hope that makes change possible

Linking Andy Bautista's wealth to the 2016 election results is a stretch

Aug 25, 2017 - 12:18 PM

To say that the Comelec chairman s supposed ill gotten wealth came from rigging the polls is a very poor argument born of a very poor understanding of how automated elections work

Comelec chairman Andres Bautista gets emotional during a press conference at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 7, 2017 regarding his marital dispute with his wife Patricia Cruz-Bautista. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Buying your time

Aug 24, 2017 - 7:00 PM

What is the place of money in terms of getting us to feel we have gained or saved time?

FULL TEXT: Media's role in a post-truth age

Aug 24, 2017 - 8:06 AM

Veteran journalist Tina Monzon Palma says during UP s Gawad Plaridel awarding ceremony: How do we remain relevant in an age when truth itself seems to be under assault? The media cannot be timid Media need not be timid if it sticks to good journalism

Collateral damage

Aug 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM

For every life lost is a constellation of dreams forever gone And a lifetime no matter how long can never be enough to count those dreams

Basagan ng Trip: Why a depreciating Philippine peso might be a good thing

Aug 22, 2017 - 12:04 AM

Leloy Claudio talks about the often overlooked advantages of a depreciating Philippine peso

Rewriting for what?

Aug 21, 2017 - 9:00 AM

What exactly are we rewriting the Constitution for? We should write for a clear purpose – and not merely because the chance to rewrite is open to us

Be brave, Barcelona!

Aug 20, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The task of the hour is to transform grief into courage; intolerance into an openness of the heart; hatred into a capacity to love; and indifference into a brave brand of global citizenship

Muslim residents of Barcelona pay tribute at the Canaletas fountain during a demonstration on the Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona, to protest against terrorism and in tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack on August 19, 2017, two days after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing 13 persons and injuring over 100. Drivers have ploughed on August 17, 2017 into pedestrians in two quick-succession, separate attacks in Barcelona and another popular Spanish seaside city, leaving 14 people dead and injuring more than 100 others. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE

Why it's time for progressives in the Duterte Cabinet to leave

Aug 20, 2017 - 9:00 AM

It becomes harder by the day to understand how they can remain in their positions when it is becoming abundantly clear that mass murder is the central and only real policy of this administration

The death of policing as a profession in the Philippines

Aug 19, 2017 - 9:00 PM

While we cannot begrudge the intentions of the President a drug free and crime free Philippines he has transformed the police into the biggest criminal institution in the Philippines

On the front lines of humanitarian work for families fleeing conflict

Aug 19, 2017 - 4:34 PM

UNHCR places the spotlight on 4 Filipino humanitarian workers on the front lines of protecting families on the run from conflict violence and persecution

IDP. Disoma conducts Protection Monitoring at an evacuation camp in Balo-I, Lanao del Norte

[Newspoint] A nation doomed

Aug 19, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Duterte’s well heeled backers are well hedged against whatever costs his bizarre brand of presidency might bring unlike the poor who in fact have borne these costs His war against drugs says it all

Try as it might, LTFRB can’t repeal the law of supply and demand

Aug 19, 2017 - 8:30 AM

To improve the welfare of the riding public don’t kill a new industry that many people have come to love and depend on

The power of truth: The U.S., Philippines, and the Paris Agreement

Aug 15, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Climate change is too big an issue for us to allow one country to hold the global community hostage and paralyzed in inaction Fortunately the world at the G20 summit didn’t have to be told