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[OPINION] How much longer? A year-and-a-half of Duterte

Dec 12, 2017 - 11:59 AM

Four-and-a-half more years of Duterte is an interminable, insufferable length of time. His regime is wreaking havoc on many political institutions, especially the weakest of our 3 branches of government, the judicial system.

[OPINION] Responsible anti-Communism

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The obligation to speak out against Communism must come in tandem with a humanism that recognizes the rights and even morality of those who fight under the red banner

[OPINION] Time now to focus on RegGov

Dec 10, 2017 - 4:30 AM

The ultimate reform objective we must have in mind is to establish a RegGov framework which can facilitate and maintain economic prosperity in the regions

'FOR THE MASSES'? In this file photo, pro-Duterte demonstrators gather in Mendiola, Manila on November 30, 2017 calling for the establishment of a revolutionary government. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] TRAIN at a crossroads on a coal tax

Dec 09, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Our electricity bills would likely increase not because of a coal tax but because coal will become more expensive in the years to come relative to renewable energy

[OPINION] Liberals and Democrats must fight back to reclaim their place in Asian politics

Dec 09, 2017 - 2:30 PM

We have no doubt that history would vindicate us in the end, and that the principles of democracy, human rights, a well-managed market economy, and the rule of law are the only pathways to peace, justice, and prosperity

[OPINION] Respect for national proceedings?

Dec 09, 2017 - 10:27 AM

If what Harry Roque means about 'national proceeding' is such national criminal proceeding against Duterte, the question is to be asked: is there or has there been such national criminal investigation against Duterte in the first place?

[OPINION | Newspoint] Impeachment overkill

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:17 PM

By voting against Duterte’s pet cases in the Supreme Court, Sereno did not endear herself to him and, chief justice for 14 more years, unless stopped by abnormal means, like impeachment, she could hound him beyond his term

[OPINION] How can we solve our traffic woes in 2018?

Dec 08, 2017 - 11:10 AM

Our country’s problem with road congestion is, at its core, a problem of incentives: the right ones are simply not in place. The solution is fairly simple: correct the existing incentives by reducing the relative benefits of private vehicles and increasing their relative costs.

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Is Duterte a dictator, a fascist, or a populist?

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:04 PM

Is the president any of the three?

[OPINION] War and law: Shooting-to-kill armed rebels

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:35 PM

It cannot be presumed a priori that 'no armed NPA will surrender to authorities,' because it has in fact happened. And any lethal self-defense can be justified only in the face of armed resistance.

[OPINION] Slippery slope of diminishing judicial independence

Dec 06, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Internal disagreements between and among members of the Court should not be the subject of an impeachment complaint

[OPINION] Dear Rodrigo

Dec 04, 2017 - 10:00 AM

You do know as well that I pray for everyone – the innocent as well as the guilty, the weak and the strong, young and old, women and children, democrats and fascists, believers and unbelievers

[OPINION | Newspoint] A mental itch

Dec 02, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Harry Roque said Duterte had only intended a revolutionary government for when the nation fell in extremis – 'kung lupaypay na' were his exact words, which only makes things worse for Duterte. For, with him in charge, who else could bring the nation to such helplessness?

[OPINYON] Rebolusyonaryong gobyerno: Pagpapakita ng lakas o simbolo ng kahinaan?

Dec 02, 2017 - 7:40 AM

Ang mga nagtutulak ng rebolusyonaryong gobyerno ay isa lamang sa 3 paksyon sa koalisyong pampulitika ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte. Nagkakagulo sila.

[OPINION] Duterte’s ‘twin deficits’: What you need to know

Dec 01, 2017 - 9:35 AM

One can’t help notice that the Duterte and Marcos economic strategies – a huge infrastructure spending spree financed by deficits – are eerily similar

[OPINION] Revolutionary government: Show of force…or sign of weakness?

Nov 30, 2017 - 12:05 PM

A Revolutionary Government would most likely lead not to authoritarian stability but to a succession of destabilizing military coups. This scenario, more than anything else, is what prevents the President from giving the green light to the RevGov faction.

[OPINION | DASH of SAS] Better police handling, media coverage of drugs and HIV needed

Nov 29, 2017 - 10:00 AM

We can all do our part in easing the stigma of HIV and creating a less hostile environment both for people who use drugs and people living with HIV

[OPINION] A response to the President's request for euthanasia

Nov 28, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Some people obsessed with their death, however, don’t have the courage to kill themselves. Thus their request for assistance to dispatch them to the afterlife.

GOODBYE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes time to pay respects to his parents, the late Governor Vicente and Soledad Duterte, during his visit to his departed loved ones at the Roman Catholic Public Cemetery in Davao City on November 4, 2017. Presidential photo

[OPINION] Drugs deaths, diets, and the problem of experts

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Alas, the world is confusing. All we can do is do our best to educate ourselves, keep our own biases in check, and maintain open minds.

[OPINION] RevGov will destroy democratic and economic gains

Nov 26, 2017 - 10:00 AM

RevGov is not the cure for what ails our democracy

[OPINION] How Duterte sabotaged the GRP-NDFP peace process

Nov 25, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Government panel officials in his Cabinet and the reactionary armed forces should consider whether he is mentally fit for his office or needs to be replaced in accordance with their 1987 Constitution

[OPINION | Newspoint] A summit of lost chances

Nov 25, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Indeed, if any summiteer came away truly happy, it must be China

[OPINION] Gadon crumbles, will House fall with him?

Nov 23, 2017 - 3:23 PM

The chief complainant has showed his contempt for the House of Representatives and the country by filing a perjurious complaint

ASEAN’s existential question

Nov 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Can it have a united voice on the South China Sea and achieve peace in these contested waters?

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: The case for a biased, honest media

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:18 PM

Watch Leloy Claudio on Rappler.

[OPINION] Why democracy's not a constraint to infrastructure, development

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:20 AM

In authoritarian regimes, infrastructure projects are subject to large commissions, bribes, and kickbacks, and this often compromises their quantity and quality

[OPINION] Unspeakable tragedy as Rohingya refugees flee to safety

Nov 20, 2017 - 5:00 PM

More than 600,000 stateless Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh to escape escalating violence in Myanmar since late August 2017. They need our help.

COUNSELING. A UNHCR psychologist counsels Nurus in Kutapalong Refugee Camp, Bangladesh. Photo by Roger Arnold/UNHCR

[OPINION] Christmas? Bah, humbug!

Nov 20, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Please remember that some of us are not Christian. Though that may not be a problem for those of us who have learned to be generous to the presumptuous, please be aware that you are not entitled to such generosity though we are entitled to your sensitivity.

[OPINION | Newspoint] From disingenuous to delusional

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:00 AM

I must confess not having at all detected in Harry Roque any proneness to delusion until he went to Congress; I had known him as a man of law, a militant defender of freedom and rights

[OPINION] Marawi and imperial Manila

Nov 16, 2017 - 9:31 AM

Experts may have the noblest intention of helping Marawi. But without listening to its people – in particular the poor – they inflict technocratic violence.

[OPINION] How rich are Filipinos compared to our ASEAN neighbors?

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Compared to our ASEAN neighbors, the Philippines has treaded on a deviant growth path. Now, our poorer neighbors are growing faster than us. As we lead this year’s special ASEAN Summit, we might ask ourselves: How can we bolster our shaky standing in the region?

[ANALYSIS] ASEAN likes, but also fears, China's economic weight

Nov 12, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Recent analyses make the case for why ASEAN's 10 member countries need to work on deepening trade and investment ties among themselves

[OPINION] Asia-Pacific leaders’ trade opportunity

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Together, these 21 leaders will attempt to align their ideas for making trade between APEC economies work better in the common pursuit of growth and job creation back home, with enormous implications for their 3 billion constituents and the rebounding global economy

[OPINION] An open letter to millennials: Don’t federalize, organize!

Nov 10, 2017 - 6:36 PM

Why not break the dominance of dynasties first before federalizing?

[OPINION | Newspoint] Presumption of abnormality

Nov 10, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The law seems to have become (with apologies to Samuel Johnson) the last refuge of the scoundrel

[OPINION] Bonn climate conference: Thinking local, acting global

Nov 09, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Questions related to land use, human rights and sustainable development are expected to come up in discussions in Bonn, as countries continue negotiations on the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement

Visitors look at a sphere displayed at the pavillion of India on November 8, 2017 during the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

[OPINION] Groovy

Nov 06, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Most of us are born into some sort of privilege (of class, race, caste, sexual orientation, sex, and so on). It is foolhardy to think we can cast off these parts of our being and thereby find some form of revolutionary authenticity.

[OPINION] Tax after death

Nov 04, 2017 - 11:08 PM

Usually, the heirs realize the need to pay the estate tax after years or even decades have passed from a person's death

[OPINION] Why PH needs a millennial opposition

Nov 04, 2017 - 7:57 AM

Today's young people, inexperienced yet ready to fight, must teach their elders that there is more to opposition politics than simply the politics of addition

[OPINION | DASH of SAS] Lifting TRO on contraceptives: Waiting for the FDA

Nov 03, 2017 - 4:00 PM

We need to make sure the FDA hears our voices. We need to let them that we urgently need them to complete the resolution on the 51 contraceptive brands.

Democracy under threat: We will shine the light, we will hold the line

Nov 03, 2017 - 11:20 AM

'Like many, I fear that the pendulum of democracy is swinging the other way globally, enabled by social media,' says Maria Ressa when she accepted the National Democracy Institute's W. Averell Harriman Democracy Award on November 2 (US time)

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: On Filipinos’ obsession with titles

Nov 02, 2017 - 9:22 PM

Join history teacher Leloy Claudio as he exposes the absurd boasting behind these titles

[OPINION] Araw ng Pinatay 2017

Nov 02, 2017 - 3:00 PM

There were significantly fewer people who trooped to the cemetery. Was it because for the past year-and-a-half, our people had seen so much death courtesy of Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war, that remembering the dead on November 1 seemed superfluous?

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] A soldier’s wife doesn’t cry

Oct 31, 2017 - 9:03 AM

Wives were told: Seeing you cry will make him feel sorry for himself. It will make him lose hope. It will weaken his resolve to get well.

[OPINION] The humanities vs Dutertismo

Oct 30, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Our results-oriented education makes us forget that we go to school, especially college, not simply to learn how to do things, but to become better citizens and better people

[OPINION | Newspoint] A new Rody and Harry Show

Oct 28, 2017 - 3:18 PM

The two of them should make for a catchy marquee: Rody and Harry. But, in the end, it's the provocative personality each one brings to the tandem that will define their show.

NEW JOB. Known human rights lawyer Harry Roque replaces Ernesto Abella as President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesperson.

[OPINION] Peke at totoo

Oct 23, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Sa mga panahong ito, kahit peke ang balita, basta ito’y nakasisira sa kaaway o nakatutulong sa kinakampihan, kinabibiliban pa natin ang sinungaling

[OPINION | Newspoint] How far can Duterte go?

Oct 21, 2017 - 3:00 PM

'Given what he has managed to do within just over a year with those powers, and still threatens to do with them, there’s no telling where he will stop. What will stop him?'

[OPINION] Part 2: Rethinking religious education

Oct 18, 2017 - 8:39 PM

The big task of religious education is far bigger than simply transmitting truth

[OPINION] 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.