Slogans like 'Never Again' and 'Never Forget' displayed or shouted at rallies in Manila and elsewhere in the Philippines also have a lot of meaning to Czechs who care to remember what went on before the Velvet Revolution – our own version of EDSA
Governments should go beyond the question of access and keep in mind that quality health care has nothing to do with anyone's capacity to pay
Certain words and stories lose their power when told too many times. People can’t respond to horror stories and torture porn forever. Is there a better way of remembering Martial Law?
The last thing the country needs right now is a return of the Marcoses to Malacañang. One way we can prevent that is by tirelessly debunking the Marcosian economic myths.
Most likely, it will be the only arena where genuine political competition can happen
What is the relationship between justice and forgiveness? Justice arrests abuse. Forgiveness tempers vengefulness.
The late Raul Alfonsin's revocation of amnesty in Argentina was made within the context of the 'dirty war' that resulted in human rights atrocities
Nalusaw sa lakas ng ulang pulitikal ang koloreteng nag-anyong maka-masa at maka-batas
There are priests who support these killings or turn a blind eye. They think it is acceptable for the common good.
We are wired to fear far more than we are to be reasonable. But are we all created to be equally fearful?
Rodrigo Duterte is clearly losing it; Antonio Trillanes, on the other hand, is in the ascendant
Have we learned from the avoidable mistakes made in past disasters? Are we prepared to effectively handle any emergencies that might occur in the coming days?
You don’t really need to crunch the numbers to know there’s a problem with inflation. Just go to the nearest palengke or grocery to see prices have skyrocketed.
'Watch it because we are all Goyos in a way: young, foolish, idealistic, uncertain, selfish, imperfect, vain, and incompetent'
Is UP more accommodating of the Marcoses than it is commonly believed to be?
Sablay na nga ang Dutertenomics, sablay pa ang tangkang paglilihis ng isyu
The Philippines needs to think carefully how it intends to pursue its developing security relationship with Russia
We have been calling for the new department for 5 years now, even before the 2013 Yolanda disaster. It would be fitting that we finally get this done on the fifth anniversary of that terrible event.
To drag your armed forces into this political game is to spook it. And the consequences of that will come in painful increments.
Right now, our efforts have been marred by bureaucratic squabbling and largely isolated activities
'Rock Solid' has placed Malacañang in the uncomfortable position of having to explain why it treats a historic win for the country like a mad wife
Inflation expectations matter because they change how people behave. It’s in government’s interest to manage these expectations from time to time.
We seem to be inexorably sliding towards an extraconstitutional regime
Who would benefit from an emergency order for imports of around a million tons because government rice stocks were artificially run down?
This is the strong arm of the state at play. And in cases where the highest official of the land has a personal stake, even courts become a part of this strong arm, wittingly or unwittingly.
Pilit ang palusot, at balubaluktot ang mensahe ng gobyerno, tungkol sa krisis sa bigas – dahil sablay ang istratehiya sa simula pa lang
The scandals that rock the Church are not just about sexual abuse or misconduct, but also the self-serving way leadership is exercised
It’s the stacking of retired military officers to top government posts that makes me pause and think
The Israeli government of Netanyahu is one of the worst human rights violators in the world. I suppose one could cynically call Duterte's visit a gathering of human rights violators.
What you and I can do is be brave. Stand. Have courage. Only then can we hope to prevent the destruction of your generation's future.
Soft power seeks the long-term view – the weaving of a powerful narrative that avoids the use of force and coercion but instead utilizes inducement
Leloy Claudio talks to Harry Potter professor Frances Sangil about the importance of literature in our lives
If only half of the energy and focus given to the drug war were given to agriculture and rice production, we would already be better off
What is only clear from the compelling lessons of history is that political dynasty is rejected in bloodshed and should not recur and continue
Compulsively carrying on this way, he succeeded only in burying himself deeper in the hole of his regime’s own digging
It’s time we have a more open discussion of abortion and the need to relax our laws to allow women access to safe medical abortions
The truth is, we’re living in a sad combo of slowing growth and accelerating prices. Worse, indicators point to harder times ahead.
Financial technology innovations that could well benefit the 'unbanked' and others who would benefit from greater access to capital could well be stymied by well-intended regulations in the Philippines
(UPDATED) Why this burgeoning rice crisis? I argue that government is wholly to blame.
If President Rodrigo Duterte is a sovereign trickster, there have been others who came before him. Humor...can, in fact, be used to reinforce power relations, or to establish patterns favorable to a person seeking power.
The main elements of the methamphetamine pass through unguarded seas. The Philippine Coast Guard should be in action as much as the PNP and PDEA.
Our roadmap must include a serious reexamination of data on vulnerability, which pertains to the risk of future poverty
The Philippines will watch this American saga with bated breath. Here's why.
Are we ready for the enormous changes Baybayin may bring in our culture and daily living? Will Baybayin be suitable for the modernized lifestyle of the Filipinos?
Populist-nationalists have our democracies in their sights and they have already fired an opening salvo
Our political party system has been in an abject state of infantile stagnation
Hayaan munang tuklasin ng bata ang mundo niya; ang matuto gamit ang wikang sinasalita niya sa panaginip, sa paghalughog sa kaluluwa. Filipino language man ito or otherwise.