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[OPINION] How to give China pause in the South China Sea

Feb 17, 2019 - 10:40 AM

What we can do is try to make China's occupation of the South China Sea a direct threat to other great powers

[OPINION] Social media and the changing nature of diplomacy

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:06 AM

'Despite the risks, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media applications made diplomacy more inclusive. No longer is diplomacy shrouded in mystery'

[OPINION] Rehabilitation over reclamation for Manila Bay

Feb 11, 2019 - 2:51 PM

Reclamation projects are poised to benefit only the privileged few, while the underemployed Filipinos of today would remain stuck in unideal working conditions

Local and foriegn tourist flock the Manila Bay on February 5, 2019. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

[OPINION] Poverty and the 'trapos'

Feb 10, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Traditional politicians take advantage of vulnerable individuals who are willing to sell their votes in order to survive

[OPINION] Don't terrorize children

Feb 10, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Do our lawmakers know that they are trying to pass a law that would demonize angels? Do they know what they are doing?

(OPINION) What Nagasaki taught me: Nuclear weapons must be banned

Feb 09, 2019 - 9:36 PM

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have long called for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons

Rainbow’s Sunset: A story of love and family politics

Feb 09, 2019 - 6:00 PM

'Rainbow's Sunset' gives a glimpse into the centrality of family in Filipino life, and how that same centrality lies at the heart of our distinctive brand of oligarchic corruption

MORE THAN FRIENDS. Ramon (Eddie Garcia) spends time with his good friend Fredo (Tony Mabesa), who is ill. Screenshot from YouTube/Pelikula Mania Trailers

[OPINION] It’s tidying up, not trashing, with Marie Kondo

Feb 09, 2019 - 11:12 AM

When we have a problem and feel hopeless, it’s not unusual for us to seek experts to help us solve them. Kondo does the same thing.

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[OPINION] 7 reasons why we should oppose Manila Bay reclamation projects

Feb 03, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Reclamation will only benefit a privileged few

[OPINION] What is racism?

Feb 02, 2019 - 7:09 PM

'Race is a constitutive social construction because highly complex social structures, including habits and practices, are built firmly on the usefulness of race as a tool to keep those in power firmly in their positions in society.'

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[OPINION] Relationship status: Happily single

Feb 02, 2019 - 2:11 PM

Singles may not be committed romantically, but are committed to other meaningful relationships that require full-time commitment

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[OPINION] The duty of the conscious grown-up

Jan 31, 2019 - 5:24 PM

We're setting them up to fail, punishing them when they do, and leaving them no recourse in a world that's already leaving them voiceless

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[OPINION] 'We have to stand up for the children'

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:18 PM

After performing for prisoners in New York, it broke my heart when one of them said, 'we have nothing but time'

[OPINION] To our future leaders in the Bangsamoro: Prove us right

Jan 29, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Here are our collective aspirations: what we need, what we want, and what we could get rid of

[OPINION] The real syndicate behind lowering criminal liability age

Jan 28, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Impunity is the culture, so syndicates are rewarded and victims are either jailed or killed

[OPINION] The rise of Filipino pop psychology

Jan 26, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Pop psychology feels true, but truth and fact are not the same. It is a false antidote.

[OPINION] The torch is lit for Cotabato City. Cotabateños must carry it.

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:03 AM

An anthropological goldmine, Cotabato City takes pride in its multicultural history. Its inclusion in the Bangsamoro region means it's time we give back.

[OPINION] Criminalization is not what we owe our children

Jan 22, 2019 - 9:46 AM

'It is unacceptable to tag a child as a criminal as if we adults and this society have no accountability for their action.'

[OPINION] An open letter to fellow Bangsamoro youth on upcoming plebiscites

Jan 20, 2019 - 9:47 PM

This is our future. It is but right that we be the driving force that will make it happen.

[OPINION] Children's rights pay the price for political gain

Jan 19, 2019 - 9:23 PM

'Pushing for a bill that no rational legislator will bother to even pay attention tantamount to bartering the future of Filipino children for personal, political goals.'

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[OPINION] Bangsamoro hopes

Jan 19, 2019 - 10:00 AM

A great deal of hope and imagined future ride on a peaceful and trustworthy BOL plebiscite

Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

[OPINION] Women in legislature: Do they really matter?

Jan 14, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Let's do away with the stereotype that women will never be as good as men in the political arena

[OPINION] My first Christmas without dad

Jan 09, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Every time there was barbecue grilling in front of our house, I knew that my father would live on in my memories and that I would always be home for Christmas

[OPINION] Yes to Bangsamoro

Jan 06, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The Bangsamoro have traveled a very rough road to gaining this one opportunity for self-rule. This is not the time to squander that chance we’ve more than earned.

[OPINION] I'm complicit in the rise of the HIV epidemic – and so are you

Jan 05, 2019 - 11:37 AM

I am not writing this to blame anyone. Instead, I invite you to be part of the solution.

On Sionil Jose’s theoretically correct but historically wrong take on the revolution

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:47 AM

As the social divide continues, the armed communist revolution will simply endure

[OPINION] Bullying and the forgotten virtue of justice

Jan 03, 2019 - 12:30 PM

As individuals and as a nation, I suspect we’ll always be confused and won't achieve the unity and progress we hope for unless we understand and apply the proper dollop of justice to balance our proclivity for mercy

Learning to play chess

Dec 29, 2018 - 5:14 PM

I am telling this story because this is how I finally understood how I came to truly appreciate identifying as a Bangsamoro

[OPINION] Catriona Gray, David Ricardo, and the law of comparative advantage

Dec 25, 2018 - 9:45 AM

Introducing the no-nonsense economics Professor Ben Nojoke...

[OPINION] A Grade 9 dad on the Ateneo bully – and bullying

Dec 23, 2018 - 6:18 PM

It may be worth considering that while our society pays much attention to sex education, not much attention is given to teaching kids how to deal with violence, both in its physical and psychological forms

On waiting: A Simbang Gabi homily

Dec 23, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Hindi ka iiwan sa ere ng Panginoon. Hindi paasa ang Panginoon.

[OPINION] More urgency for the Philippines after Poland climate talks

Dec 20, 2018 - 1:34 PM

'The Philippines has actively championed the cause of vulnerable nations in the international arena, but now it needs to proactively lead its citizens toward a social transformation'

[OPINION] History will remember those who spoke up

Dec 11, 2018 - 7:18 AM

As an artist and a human being, my resistance in this struggle is to share what I’ve witnessed and to demand accountability from the government

[OPINION] This war is ours

Dec 03, 2018 - 11:20 AM

'We can only achieve what we have envisioned if we choose to participate in movements to call out for the rightful punishment and removal of these fraternities'

[OPINION] What's at stake for the Philippines at COP24

Dec 01, 2018 - 3:46 PM

'Just as it has done in previous Conference of Parties, the Philippines needs to take an even more active role in navigating the complex web of climate negotiations and push for the proper implementation of the Paris agreement'

[OPINION] In seeking solutions to Rohingya crisis, ASEAN must learn from the past

Nov 18, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The displacement of Rohingya is a regional crisis that needs regional solutions. The largest refugee camp in the world sits at the doorstep of ASEAN.

Rohingya photo by Ed Jones/AFP

[OPINION] Preserving indigenous knowledge in disaster recovery

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Keeping indigenous knowledge systems, practices, and beliefs alive will allow communities of smallholder farmers to maintain their culture and the balance in their ecosystem without sacrificing their livelihood

[OPINION] Toughening OFW protection

Nov 11, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Despite difficulties and persistent challenges, government efforts to protect overseas Filipino workers continue to decisively progress

[OPINION] The people lost another good defender

Nov 11, 2018 - 9:41 AM

Atty Ben committed his life to building the resources and infrastructure necessary to empower farmers. He believed in farmers.

PEOPLE'S LAWYER. Lawyer Benjamin Ramos defended farmers, peasants, and the marginalized. Photo from MASIPAG

[OPINION] Yolanda survivors have not forgotten

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Some may have forgotten the monstrous Yolanda, the failure of the government, and the unscrupulous corruption of public officials. But we have not.

Background photo from Agence France-Presse

[OPINION] Remembering Yolanda

Nov 08, 2018 - 2:00 PM

On the 5th anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda, we remember the countless people whose lives were changed forever

THE AFTERMATH. Plastics, debris and wood are scattered along Cancabato Bay in Tacloban city. Photo courtesy of Architect Lou Daniel C. Fuentebella

[OPINION] The Lumad are not the villains

Nov 04, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Mocha Uson, you asked the Lumad to chant your President's name. Well here's my response: his name's not worth chanting.

Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

[OPINION] Davao City, 1993-2009

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The prevailing attitude in Davao at the time, however, was not one of condemnation, outrage, and horror, as one might reasonably expect. Rather, people were pragmatic and tolerant.

[OPINION] Fighting climate change: More than state agreements and policymaking

Oct 29, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The threats of climate change transcend economic and political boundaries

[OPINION] Who will feed the farmers?

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:20 PM

'This is not the first massacre of farmers in Philippine history. Filipino farmers have long fought for genuine agrarian reforms... They ask for land, not bullets.'

[OPINION] A psychiatrist's view: Common misconceptions about mental health

Oct 22, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Having a mental illness does not indicate a weakness of character or that someone is broken. It is an illness that requires medical attention.

[OPINION] Ask Senate hopefuls to show pictures of their libraries

Oct 20, 2018 - 8:00 PM

I heard a proposal that only those who finished college should run, which is stupid, because everyone should be free to run. I'd rather that all senatorial candidates bring a picture of their libraries.

[OPINION] To empower Asian clean energy ambitions, development banks must act now

Oct 20, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The inability to act today would mean irreparable damage to the lives of millions of Asians living in extremely climate-vulnerable regions

[OPINION] Why we need to make urban planning inclusive

Oct 20, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Making planning work means putting the people at the heart and center of what we all want to achieve. Plans without ownership are also plans that are useless.

[OPINION] Breathing out coal: How victims of the climate can be its protectors

Oct 17, 2018 - 6:06 PM

'Only by shifting away from dirty energy – the leading cause of climate change – can Filipinos truly move from being tagged as victims of the climate towards being known as its protectors'