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[OPINION] Small people bear brunt of Boracay closure

Aug 12, 2018 - 9:23 PM

It is the regular employees, masseurs, boatmen, tricycle drivers, and the like who are suffering immensely

[OPINION] Facts are facts: World is warming, climate is changing

Aug 04, 2018 - 9:30 AM

This is not the time to be afraid or ignorant

[OPINION] A different Marawi encounter

Jul 29, 2018 - 11:48 AM

I cried during the tour. The spiritual atmosphere was just so heavy. War is truly ugly and painful. It brings no good thing.

A moment of levity during Go Share's 3-day visit. Photo by Rolan Garcia

[OPINION] Charlatan changes

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:37 AM

What is most sinister in the proposal lies in the transitory provisions, which essentially empower a select few to rearrange the whole of government

[OPINION] With love, from Deadpoor

Jul 24, 2018 - 4:30 PM

'People tend to come together to comfort each other, to affirm each other, and give each other hope. This is a simple practice of empathy. To many of us, it is called solidarity.'

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] Duterte's playlist

Jul 21, 2018 - 12:14 PM

If President Rodrigo Duterte has an 'Efficient Fascist Dictator Wannabe' playlist, what songs would be in it?

[OPINION] Why it's time to change the SONA

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:26 AM

'If a government is eager and dedicated to regain the trust and participation of its people, it must make smart decisions that will include them'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa on July 24, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Why I am against Con-Ass – and why you should be, too

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:01 PM

The Constituent Assembly or Con-Ass is the least democratic and participatory among the modes of changing the charter provided in the 1987 Constitution

[OPINION] Faith and fanaticism

Jul 14, 2018 - 11:48 AM

This writer has faith that many more among those who had relied on the promises of Duterte as the panacea to the social ills created or perpetuated by Aquino will see the light

[OPINION] Sacred spaces

Jul 02, 2018 - 4:39 PM

'My daughter's death was my own death but instead of passing on, I lived to see my own life crumble apart'

[OPINION] Out of the closet and into the internet

Jul 01, 2018 - 10:00 AM

For the benefit of my family, I'm staying in the closet. That's why I turned to online dating sites.

[OPINION] Women in the shadows of Duterte’s drug war

Jun 30, 2018 - 1:00 PM

These stories are the unheard narratives of the drug war

[OPINION] Celebrating safe spaces and diversity in schools

Jun 30, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'It was during my college journey that I fully accepted who I really am'

[OPINION] The extra struggles of the LGBTQ+ community in Mindanao

Jun 28, 2018 - 4:12 PM

'We cannot achieve peace and genuine development if gender equality is not upheld especially in Mindanao'

[OPINYON] May panahon para manahimik, magsalita

Jun 27, 2018 - 4:30 PM

May panahon para basagin ang katahimikan, may panahon para magsalita. At ngayon na ang panahon na iyon.

PANAHON. Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David gives a homily at Sts. Peter and John Parish on June 23. Photo courtesy of Angelo Mangahas

[OPINION] Lessons on fear in the grand manner

Jun 27, 2018 - 12:10 PM

We must choose to uphold the true rule of law, even when those in power use fear to attempt to silence us

[OPINION] Reading, understanding, and appreciating Rizal

Jun 24, 2018 - 12:41 PM

Admiring Rizal without understanding him is a kind of empty nationalism and blind devotion

Images from Wikimedia Commons and Shutterstock

[OPINION] I do not believe in coming out

Jun 23, 2018 - 3:30 PM

I am living as if I have come out, therefore I do not see the point of sitting down with my family and telling them that I am gay

[OPINION] An open letter to my fellow college students who didn't graduate on time

Jun 23, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'Our failures or shortcomings do not define us'

[OPINION] Why the hate on the homeless?

Jun 18, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Kadamay’s continued actions, have forced us to take a look at the homeless and re-evaluate our own situation

[OPINION] To the father I once hated

Jun 17, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The man I hated so much for loosening his grip on my arm; the son my Lola had called a problem child, was among those who fought for the freedoms we are enjoying now.

[OPINION] Shame is not my name

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:56 AM

You are not alone. You do not deserve to be judged, hurt, or be called derogatory names. You deserve to belong and be acknowledged.

[OPINION] What if Trudeau, instead of Duterte, kissed the woman?

Jun 06, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Would the Canadian Prime Minister's hunkiness have made the act less predatory?

[OPINION] When kissing becomes an issue of public interest

Jun 05, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Because the kissing happened in a public space during an official function, this makes the kissing a public concern, a public interest issue

[OPINION] 4 things kids learned from a journalism class

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:55 PM

Being a citizen journalist comes with a very big responsibility

Things we learned from journalism class. Photo by Ted Aldwin Ong

[OPINION] Scrapping 4Ps program doesn't make sense

Jun 02, 2018 - 5:30 PM

We argue against going after a program that has concretely shown positive impact on the lives of 4.4 million poor households

[OPINYON] #BabaeAko: Ang Pagsilang

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Lagpas na sa sapat ang sexist remarks ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte upang mag-alsa ang babae. Kailan nga ba ang tamang oras para lumaban?

[OPINION] Sea change for small-scale fishers

May 30, 2018 - 2:08 PM

'Fisherfolk are the reason why we as consumers, both locally and abroad, are able to satisfy our appetite for tuna and all kinds of seafood. It’s time that we finally give considerable attention to them. '

epa05238978 Filipino fishermen maneuver their boat as the sun sets in Manila Bay, Philippines, 01 April 2016. According to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), the prevailing El Nino phenomenon could affect at least 100,000 fisherfolk in the country due to the decline in fish production in freshwater areas and coastal communities. The water temperature increases in the Pacific and Western Pacific side of the country which is feared to result in decrease of primary productivity and to lead to a decline in fish catch. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

[OPINION] Through gunshots and fire, I survived

May 29, 2018 - 9:30 AM

It was a day of celebration for us. Or so we thought.

[OPINION] Who’s afraid of Citizen Jake?

May 24, 2018 - 4:12 PM

'Citizen Jake makes us not only witnesses to these challenging times but confronts us with truths both forgotten and ignored'

[OPINION] One hour at a time

May 22, 2018 - 10:04 AM

I had 30 minutes left with her. Taking the place of the sweeping vistas of the countryside we used to visit was the gray horizon of concrete pavement where we saw airplanes flying in and out. She would leave soon, along with the rest, to a life where they are needed – indispensable yet invisible at the same time.

[OPINION] Lest we forget, the Supreme Court is a human institution

May 19, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Oust her if you must, but oust her in accordance with the law.

You're wired to thrive, not just to survive

May 19, 2018 - 10:30 AM

We live in a world that highlights 80-hour work weeks and months straight of no leaves or days off. It's not against the law to ask for a break.

[OPINION] On the ouster of Chief Justice: Sereno served with honor and competence

May 15, 2018 - 5:08 PM

Her legacy is an unimpeachable reputation, and a record of leadership marked by changes that have and will continue to enhance the judiciary and the legal profession

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks before a crowd supporting her on May 11, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Gising na, anak

May 13, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Alam kong takot na takot kang ipaglaban kung ano naman ang dapat sa iyo. Pero andito lang ako, anak.

How my mom chose to say goodbye

May 12, 2018 - 10:00 AM

In a state outside herself, mom was deeply engaged in a soliloquy with a recurring theme that painted a picture of eternity: that she had conquered pain, that Jesus was with her, that a gathering of people would be made in her honor

MOTHERLY LOVE. The author with his mother, and other photos with the family. All photos courtesy of Erick Mendiola

[OPINION] A teacher's voice

May 05, 2018 - 9:16 PM

If the youth is the hope of our future, the kind of future that awaits us lies in the hands of the teachers. So please. Treat us better.

[OPINION] Data science in nation-building: The unsung profession that will change PH

May 04, 2018 - 10:11 AM

All one needs is a sense of curiosity and a knack for perseverance, for everything you could possibly need to know about the field is available online on YouTube, through massive online open courses, and other tutorials

[OPINION] My 3-year Philippine Bar exam journey

May 01, 2018 - 9:26 AM

To you who haven’t made it yet, don’t give up. Seek and welcome help. There is no harm in acknowledging that you don’t know everything about the law, about life.

[OPINION] Gears shifted: From nurse to lawyer

Apr 28, 2018 - 3:21 PM

The shifting of gears was not always well-oiled. It had its fair share of creaks and clunks.

[OPINION] Does Duterte intend to clean up Boracay with bullets and bombs?

Apr 28, 2018 - 1:13 PM

What the island needs instead are environmental specialists who could actually study the concrete ecological situation and properly implement the rehabilitation of the island

PROBE. The PNP investigates if its own men –  who were assigned to protect Diana Yu Uy –  were involved in illegal drugs as well. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Only bad investors are scared of regular workforce

Apr 21, 2018 - 4:03 PM

It'’s about time that on this class issue, the Chief Executive exercises his political judgement in favor of the workers rather than preserve the status quo being enjoyed to the max by the capitalists

An open letter to my childhood molester

Apr 14, 2018 - 8:30 PM

To many people who still think that forgiveness is the only way I can move on and retrieve the part of myself that my molester took from me, I say be quiet and listen

[OPINION] What I learned after covering Palarong Pambansa

Apr 14, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Receiving intensive hands-on training from professional journalists is something that not every campus journalist gets to experience

Philippine detention centers and the price of criminal justice

Apr 09, 2018 - 10:22 AM

Factoring in the social costs of jail congestion, the price of criminal justice goes well beyond P165 billion – these are inestimable costs that no amount of pecuniary disbursement can ever recompense

Goebbels' diary shows he took note of Fall of Bataan

Apr 09, 2018 - 12:57 AM

Entries in Joseph Goebbels' 1942 diary show the propaganda minister taking note of the fall of Bataan and quickly blaming MacArthur, and the Jews behind him

WORLD WAR II. This undated file photo taken during World War II in Germany shows Nazi leader Adolf Hitler (L) standing with his Nazi commanders Hermann Goering (2nd L), Joseph Goebbels (C) and Rudolf Hess (R). Photo from the National Archives/AFP

‘Mama, please let's bring Jesus to the hospital’

Mar 30, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'Mama, why is Jesus bleeding? Kawawa naman siya!'

CRUCIFIED CHRIST. Christians around the world remember the crucifixion and death of Christ on Good Friday. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Why? Why? Why?

Mar 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Lord, do you not care? Why are you not doing anything to help us? Why are you not saying anything if only to assure us? Why are you not doing anything to stop the killings and the stealing and the vulgarity?

[OPINION] The Philippines: A nation in need of a cultural evolution

Mar 28, 2018 - 6:20 PM

'The Philippines is in desperate need of a cultural evolution and not just another political revolution'

Inhumane, justice needed: Reactions to Philippine detention centers

Mar 27, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Our goal is to collect all these index cards and give them to the chairs of the justice committee of the Senate and House so that they too can read and feel the silent voice of our citizens, asking for solutions to the inhumane conditions of our penology infrastructure