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Revolutionary government, yes, Duterte-style, no

Oct 17, 2017 - 2:51 PM

Under Duterte’s leadership, there is clearly no revolution. It’s actually more of the same, only worse. What Duterte ushered in was a rightist counter-revolution.

Federalism in motion: a runaway train?

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The logic of the PDP proposal seems to suggest an 'intended consequence' – a political system which will be easier for the Duterte regime to control

End media neutrality

Oct 16, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Want to avoid futile debates about neutrality? Admit your biases upfront. It’s a simple enough solution for individuals, but the news media should consider it as well.

Confrontation at the Senate

Oct 16, 2017 - 10:00 AM

'To defeat fake news and bad views, we must also understand how we got to where we are now'

What Islamic State East Asia looks like post-Marawi

Oct 15, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The siege of Marawi, in its 143rd day, has opened a door for the Islamic State that the eventual retaking of Marawi by government forces cannot shut

AFTERMATH. Smoke rises after aerial bombings by Philippine Air Force planes on Islamist militant positions in Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao on June 6, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis / AFP

Fake news, bad views, and society’s loss

Oct 15, 2017 - 1:48 PM

'How should fake news be regulated? Are new criminal and civil laws needed to address this problem?'

To a successor generation: find a different way of doing politics

Oct 15, 2017 - 11:00 AM

To our young, explore a different way of being citizens and doing politics; not only is it your time; it is in your hands

The real score on foreign investments in the time of Duterte

Oct 14, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The latest FDI figures – alongside signs of weaker business confidence, lower growth forecasts, and declining competitiveness – seem to presage a brewing storm in the Philippine business climate

[Newspoint] Abnormal evolution of justice

Oct 14, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Ideology is a system of political and economic thought that chooses a particular character in a particular environment in whom to incubate, and conviction is well-informed steadfastness. Simpleminded, impulsive, and stubborn, Rodrigo Duterte is just all wrong for both.

A trio of great patriots and leaders: Wash Sycip, Dina Abad, Fr Archie Intengan

Oct 12, 2017 - 1:21 PM

Washington Sycip, Dina Abad, and Archie Intengan – a trio of leaders and patriots have left us but their spirit lives on in the people they mentored and institutions they built

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: On 'The Duterte Reader' and identifying Digong

Oct 11, 2017 - 5:49 PM

Historian Leloy Claudio talks to sociologist Nicole Curato, whose book 'The Duterte Reader: Critical Essays on Duterte's Early Presidency' looks at the presidency through various lenses

[Dash of SAS] Teen widows: the growing legacy of Duterte’s drug war

Oct 11, 2017 - 9:46 AM

Soaring teen pregnancy, most common in urban poor communities, is colliding with drug-related killings that target mostly poor young men

FAMILY PICTURE. Here is a photo of Hideyoshi and Michel on her phone, propped up against Hyree’s tiny feet. That’s the only family picture they will ever have. All photos by Ana Santos

Understanding the big drop in President Duterte’s ratings

Oct 10, 2017 - 11:42 AM

At least one thing is for certain: the decline in President Duterte’s net satisfaction rating is not a fluke, it is evident across all major geographic and social divides across the country

Rethinking religious education

Oct 10, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Without intending it, religious education could become more preoccupied with religious truth than with the actual issues of its intended audience – the youth

Narcissistic personality disorder

Oct 09, 2017 - 1:00 PM

The Mayo Clinic says that if you are a narcissist, 'you have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. You may have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability and humiliation. To feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and try to belittle the other person to make yourself appear superior.'

Small nations, big lessons

Oct 08, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Being ambitious is not a bad thing. Small in geography need not mean 'small-country mentality and policies.'

Lorenzo Tañada undaunted in line of fire

Oct 08, 2017 - 8:26 AM

'Do not and never despair, because this could only be a time of testing. Believe me, in God's own season, justice will ultimately triumph,' statesman Lorenzo Tañada said when Ninoy Aquino was in jail

[Newspoint] One very insecure president

Oct 07, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Duterte’s sense of insecurity would seem more typically manifest in his attacks on Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, a former Supreme Court justice herself. He has threatened them both with impeachment.

Demand accountability for the postponement of barangay election

Oct 07, 2017 - 10:00 AM

After having spent an estimated P700 million for the preparations, what is the practical value of moving the elections, at the last minute, to 7 months after?

Investigating Duterte: Pinochet and Nuremberg as precedents

Oct 05, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Perpetrators of horrendous crimes are considered enemies of humanity, and can be tried and punished anywhere in the world by virtue of the principle of universal jurisdiction

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] Why Duterte can’t get rid of Trillanes

Oct 04, 2017 - 11:22 PM

Walden Bello tries ESP and gets to President Rodrigo Duterte’s unexpurgated ruminations on Senator Sonny Trillanes

Redirecting TRAIN against inequality

Oct 04, 2017 - 7:13 PM

Channeling resources toward sectors and regions with many economically disconnected poor and low-income Filipinos will allow tax reform to bring about inclusive growth

Ombudsman has the power to probe President Duterte for mass murders

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The President does not have real immunity from criminal prosecution for genocide, war crimes, and other crimes against humanity penalized under Republic Act 9851

[OPINION] It’s downhill from here for Duterte

Oct 02, 2017 - 8:58 PM

Worried by the growing opposition, Duterte may, in fact, miscalculate and declare martial law, which may temporarily slow his regime’s descent into crisis but actually accelerate it in the medium-term

The art and science of ‘hugot’

Oct 01, 2017 - 11:00 AM

For a program to work, and for change to really stick, it never hurts for people working in development to pause and look up from the program framework, do a deep dive in the communities they are working in, and dig deep to unearth the insights that drive behavior

[Dash of SAS] Teen pregnancy: Losses and missed opportunities

Sep 30, 2017 - 6:30 PM

'When taken all together, the potential lifetime earnings lost due to early childbearing is P33 billion which is equal to 1.1% of our gross domestic product in 2012'

[Newspoint] Duterte vs the people's right to know

Sep 30, 2017 - 2:30 PM

At any rate, the unsorted question about who provided the bank records loses much of its relevance in the glare of the damning evidence the records themselves reveal

Competition policy enforcement in the digital age

Sep 30, 2017 - 11:26 AM

The decisions to be made by the Philippine Competition Commission in coming months, as it fully implements the Philippine Competition Act, will set the tone for competition regulation in Philippine markets

Railroading an impeachment process

Sep 29, 2017 - 10:31 AM

Denying the reasonable requests of Sereno’s lawyers would violate the due process rights of Chief Justice Sereno. It would be tantamount to railroading her impeachment.

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Was Martial Law needed to defeat the communists?

Sep 27, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Two wrongs don't make a right, says Claudio

Exorcising the ghost of the past

Sep 26, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Lest we forget, the Marcos family has been scheming in using their assets to lure salivating government officials and other parties into an onerous deal

'The strength of a people is measured by the welfare of the weak'

Sep 25, 2017 - 3:30 PM

'Throughout the years... the Philippines has never expressed collectively, in its Constitution or any other legal instrument, that our strength as a nation depends on how we look after the weakest part of it'

Why the polls may be wrong

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:01 AM

Opinion polls do not reflect the processes of change that come from the everyday exchanges and discussions that are happening in a nation which is in political ferment

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 with Leloy Claudio: 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