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[ANALYSIS] The moving goalposts of Duterte’s Build, Build, Build

Nov 14, 2019 - 10:53 AM

Moving goalposts is ill-advised. Not only does it render BBB practically impossible to evaluate, it also serves as a convenient excuse for the economic managers’ sloppy conception and implementation of the program.

[ANALYSIS] Drug wars, mass incarceration, and the rise of organized crime

Nov 13, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The rise of organized crime is one of the unintended consequences of a drug war. What can the Philippines learn from Latin America?

[ANALYSIS] Scarborough Shoal and its threat to Philippine centers of gravity

Nov 12, 2019 - 8:00 PM

It is our economic assets, our commerce, and way of life that can now be threatened by the Chinese. Green Aura is a harbinger of things to come.

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Rape, incest and inequality – the other reasons for teen pregnancies

Nov 11, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Sex education isn’t only about what body part goes where. It is about teaching boundaries and protecting those boundaries by distinguishing between a good touch and a bad touch.

[OPINION] Duterte's sense of history

Nov 10, 2019 - 8:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's version of historical time is one of unending trauma, where experience outstrips expression

[OPINION] How do you solve a problem like EDSA?

Nov 09, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Traffic congestion reveals a deeper malady: lack of a well-defined land use plan for the National Capital Region

[OPINION | Newspoint] A never-ending cleanup

Nov 09, 2019 - 11:00 AM

President Duterte may have been prodigious at making a mess, and far from done with it, but his is only the latest in a rarely broken run of messy Philippine leaderships

[ANALYSIS] Is the Philippine economy in the pink again? Not exactly

Nov 08, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Latest data betray troubling trends in the economy that soon need to be addressed

[ANALYSIS] 75 years after MacArthur's return, WW2 combatants face common threat

Nov 07, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Why were the US and Japan forces in the Philippines for joint 'warrior' exercises? Because China desires regional and global domination, and the Philippines is standing in its way.

[OPINION] Apollo Quiboloy, stop!

Nov 05, 2019 - 7:22 PM

There’s nothing funny about Pastor Quiboloy. Nothing is funny when religious work perpetuates people’s ignorance.

[OPINION] About that election question in the bar exams

Nov 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

This question – ‘Did X’s proclamation divest the Comelec of its jurisdiction to decide the case and vest the HRET jurisdiction? Explain.’ – is unnecessarily complicated

[OPINION] Duterte is vulnerable

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:00 AM

But if the opposition comes across as mainly defending liberal democracy, this is not going to make a dent in Duterte’s popularity

[OPINION] The illegal and immoral Kaliwa Dam ECC

Oct 31, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Kaliwa Dam ECC is illegal and immoral. It violates the Filipino people’s right to a sound environment and disregards the rights of affected indigenous peoples and local communities.

[ANALYSIS] Duterte to take over water distribution? That spells disaster

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Prior to privatization in 1997, water was distributed, not by private corporations, but by a government agency called the MWSS. It did a crappy job.

[ANALYSIS] ASEAN tourism message for China: Welcome, but diversify!

Oct 31, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The Philippines must prepare for the double-edged sword of Chinese spending. This potential for China 'weaponizing' tourism has a history.

[OPINYON] Bisayang dako? Mas angay pa'ng talawang dako!

Oct 30, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Labaw pa niani, saksi na sab sila sa imong kahadlok sa mga kusganong babaye...Pastilan, maski ang mga Barretto di nimo kayang ipag-uli, inay gasagpaay sa imong atubangan ug way kay nabuhat?

[ANALYSIS] Is Canada really immune to populism?

Oct 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The populist People’s Party of Canada may have failed to gain a single seat in the country’s recent election, but its far-right platform is here to stay

[OPINYON] Hindi mo kailangang maniwala sa paramdam

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Hindi mo kailangang hanapin. Kung magpaparamdam at magpapakita ang mga multo at espiritu, wala ka nang magagawa. Gaya ng madalas mangyari sa akin.

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The evil that men do

Oct 26, 2019 - 1:28 PM

He was elected as the one-trick pony the nation needed – only to prove himself not even slightly worthy of the trick on which he sold himself

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] NEDA official accused of sexual harassment still in office

Oct 25, 2019 - 9:00 AM

It has been nearly 9 months since the report was submitted to the Office of the President for a resolution. The silence from Malacañang is deafening.

[OPINYON] Isinulat habang nakahiga sa banig ng karamdaman at natauhan

Oct 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Hindi masama ang matauhan. Katunayan, dapat ngang paminsan-minsan ay matauhan tayo mula sa, halimbawa, lubos nating sinasambang pulitiko. Lumayo sa ideyang tagapagligtas ang pinuno.

[ANALYSIS] Duterte the Defeatist

Oct 24, 2019 - 12:03 PM

It’s one thing for presidents – or any leader for that matter – to make mistakes. But it’s a different thing altogether for them to give up as a matter of habit.

[OPINION] Radical change stops sexual violence

Oct 24, 2019 - 9:57 AM

The ground has shifted everywhere on due process – the main objective of anti-sexual harassment and anti sexual abuse mechanisms is no longer punishment or liability, but protection and safeguarding of vulnerable persons

[OPINION] Divorce, death penalty, and the dangers of religious fundamentalism

Oct 22, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Violence exists in households around the country. The death penalty is ineffective in deterring crime.

[ANALYSIS | Point of Law] Competition Commission: Hitting the ground running

Oct 21, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Though we are far from the promised land, the commission's significant and aggressive efforts towards achieving its mission are both valiant and promising

[OPINION] Celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines

Oct 20, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Marking Christianity's 5th centenary in the Philippines is not just an ecclesial celebration, but also a celebration of who we are as a people and nation

[OPINYON | STAKEOUT] Pagbabalik-tanaw: 2007 'Glorietta-2 explosion'

Oct 19, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Ilan lamang ito sa mga natatandaan kong nangyari: Nang bumaba sa basement ang isang Australian intel operative, na sa pagkaka-alam ko ay bomb expert din, ito ang pasigaw niyang sinabi: 'My God, it smells like shit in there!'

[OPINYON] Pinoy love in the time of hashtag

Oct 18, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Paano tuluyang lumimot kung marami kayong mutual friends sa Facebook? Lalo kung ang nakaraang gusto mong ibaon sa digital Hades ay isang terrabyte ang kabuuang sukat ng mga larawan, kanta, laro, video na pinagsaluhan?

[ANALYSIS] How Duterte’s drug war is negating key anti-poverty programs

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:56 AM

For as long as Duterte’s drug war continues, existing policies meant to alleviate poverty will only come off as futile, insincere, and hypocritical

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Girls feel invisible in the media

Oct 17, 2019 - 9:00 AM

It’s time to rewrite their story, and here are recommended children’s books to help do that

[ANALYSIS] Why this year’s Nobel Prize in Economics is relevant to Filipinos

Oct 15, 2019 - 12:03 PM

It's a testament to the power of research, scientific thinking, and empirical evidence in the crafting and implementation of economic policies and programs

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] What if we called it birth control instead?

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Referring to birth control as ‘family planning methods’ sends the signal that these are only for people who are married and want to start a family – not for sexually-active young people who aren’t ready to get pregnant

[ANALYSIS] Why free-falling inflation is not all good

Oct 08, 2019 - 11:32 AM

A sharp drop in inflation is not an unalloyed boon. As they say, keep everything in moderation.

[ANALYSIS | Point of Law] Going global

Oct 07, 2019 - 9:33 AM

Why are there not a lot of Filipino brands taking center stage globally?

[OPINION] Enough of words! Hazing needs no new solution

Oct 05, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Every solution to hazing at the Philippine Military Academy has been tried and found wanting. What should be done?

[ANALYSIS] Duterte’s perverse priorities in the proposed 2020 budget

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:02 PM

The national budget is one of the clearest expressions of a government’s values, its priorities, and its plans for the country. It tells us to what extent our politicians reflect the will and interests of the people.

[EXPLAINER] Was Mocha Uson a candidate covered by the appointment ban?

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Until all election rules are harmonized, we have to contend with loophole-ridden laws and regulations that the likes of Mocha Uson and friends can easily take advantage of

[OPINYON] Kay Ma’am / Ser

Oct 01, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Napakapalad kong naliligid ako ng sangkaterbang guro, ang pinakadakilang paraan para pabutihin ang mundo

[OPINION] To Imelda Marcos

Sep 28, 2019 - 5:00 PM

'I get so tired listening to $1 million here, $1 million there, it's so petty.' Do you remember saying this?

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The nation’s debt to De Lima

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:13 AM

Duterte may be crazy, but surely not so crazy as to think himself immune from repayment. As it happens, he is De Lima’s biggest debtor.

[OPINION] Woke and elitist

Sep 26, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The moment when a collective struggle becomes a battle over personalities is exactly the moment the work for social justice begins to fall apart. This is why celebrating the woke among us is such an unwoke thing to do.

[ANALYSIS] What Duterte doesn’t get about Metro Manila traffic

Sep 26, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Metro Manila is more than the sum of its parts, and traffic authorities will do well to keep this in mind. Otherwise, their policies will only keep backfiring and making traffic worse.

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] The fight for divorce is a family affair

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM

At the Senate hearing on the divorce bills, for the first time, adults didn’t have to speak for the children. The children spoke for themselves: they will be alright.

[OPINYON] Nagkaisa, pinagkaisahan, naisahan

Sep 19, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Hindi na tayo iniisahan ng mga corrupt na pulitiko. Dahil paulit-ulit na, kawatan na sila. Pero wala tayong kadala-dala. Sanay na tayong maisahan, kaya ang tawag na sa atin ay pinagsasamantalahan.

[OPINION] Navigating the new globalization

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:30 PM

It is only through cultivating a high-trust society that this whole-of-society approach to development could work

[ANALYSIS] Just how bad was corruption during the Marcos years?

Sep 19, 2019 - 10:21 AM

The Marcoses not only ransacked the economy, they also flaunted their loot to the world

[OPINION | Point of Law] Cutting the Philippines off from the rest of world!

Sep 16, 2019 - 5:30 PM

A liberal outlook in dealing with online platforms will certainly have basis in law. Otherwise, we stand the risk of spiraling down a dangerous path of isolation from the rest of world.

[OPINION] Part 2 | De Lima on the wreckage of the Duterte years and how to emerge from it

Sep 16, 2019 - 4:30 PM

In the second part of Walden Bello's interview with Senator Leila de Lima, the detained lawmaker talks about the Duterte Cabinet, the military, the GCTA mess, and moves to crush the opposition

[OPINION] Part 1 | De Lima on the wreckage of the Duterte years and how to emerge from it

Sep 15, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Former congressman Walden Bello interviews detained Senator Leila de Lima. In the first part of their interview, De Lima weighs in on Philippines-China relations, Dutertenomics, and Metro Manila traffic.

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Wrong side up

Sep 14, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Only a Duterte presidency would find a fit for Faeldon