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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.
The rise of organized crime is one of the unintended consequences of a drug war. What can the Philippines learn from Latin America?
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.
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.
President Rodrigo Duterte's version of historical time is one of unending trauma, where experience outstrips expression
Traffic congestion reveals a deeper malady: lack of a well-defined land use plan for the National Capital Region
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
Latest data betray troubling trends in the economy that soon need to be addressed
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.
There’s nothing funny about Pastor Quiboloy. Nothing is funny when religious work perpetuates people’s ignorance.
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
But if the opposition comes across as mainly defending liberal democracy, this is not going to make a dent in Duterte’s popularity
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.
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.
The Philippines must prepare for the double-edged sword of Chinese spending. This potential for China 'weaponizing' tourism has a history.
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?
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
Hindi mo kailangang hanapin. Kung magpaparamdam at magpapakita ang mga multo at espiritu, wala ka nang magagawa. Gaya ng madalas mangyari sa akin.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Violence exists in households around the country. The death penalty is ineffective in deterring crime.
Though we are far from the promised land, the commission's significant and aggressive efforts towards achieving its mission are both valiant and promising
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
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!'
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?
For as long as Duterte’s drug war continues, existing policies meant to alleviate poverty will only come off as futile, insincere, and hypocritical
It’s time to rewrite their story, and here are recommended children’s books to help do that
It's a testament to the power of research, scientific thinking, and empirical evidence in the crafting and implementation of economic policies and programs
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
A sharp drop in inflation is not an unalloyed boon. As they say, keep everything in moderation.
Why are there not a lot of Filipino brands taking center stage globally?
Every solution to hazing at the Philippine Military Academy has been tried and found wanting. What should be done?
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.
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
Napakapalad kong naliligid ako ng sangkaterbang guro, ang pinakadakilang paraan para pabutihin ang mundo
'I get so tired listening to $1 million here, $1 million there, it's so petty.' Do you remember saying this?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is only through cultivating a high-trust society that this whole-of-society approach to development could work
The Marcoses not only ransacked the economy, they also flaunted their loot to the world
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.
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
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.