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[OPINION] The radicalization of Maria Lourdes Sereno

Jun 23, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Tyranny, oppression, and the struggle for justice, freedom and democracy have a strange way of turning people into fighters

[OPINION] Manila: Black Panther to the rescue? If only.

Jun 21, 2018 - 11:42 AM

There's urban inspiration in Wakanda

[OPINION] Duterte and the defensive Catholic Church

Jun 19, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The bigger issue for the Church hierarchy is that for many of its faithful, its institutional credibility is in doubt. This situation Duterte clearly exploits.

[OPINION] Living within the truth

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:36 PM

There are forces competing for our attention, pushing us to believe in thing or another. There is, in fact, a hidden war going on beneath the surface of our lives. It's a war between 'living within the truth' and 'living within the lies.'

[OPINION] Why is the Philippine peso the weakest in ASEAN?

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:57 AM

A weakening peso is symptomatic of other things happening in the economy. Most importantly, it suggests we are increasingly becoming a net borrower from the rest of the world, owing to our colossal import bill boosted by Duterte’s 'Build, Build, Build'.

[OPINION] Vigilantism: Crime or justice?

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

I say we should be asking instead: how can we be autonomous, active citizens instead of vigilantes? How can we claim rights, equalize opportunities and achieve justice in the most non-violent way possible?

‘Journalism, F*ke News and Disinformation’: Fighting back is now mission critical

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:36 PM

Journalists need to ramp up their coverage of disinformation actors, even outside of election periods. They can partner with others, including communities, in combating pollution of the information environment.

[OPINION] Mocha Uson is a disgrace to public officials

Jun 09, 2018 - 10:00 AM

But her conduct is completely acceptable to Duterte. Hyperpartisanship at the expense of public interest is the new norm in government.

[OPINION] Our President may need more help

Jun 08, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Of utmost primacy is the protection of the hard-earned gains of the Filipino people as handed down by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Arbitral Tribunal

[OPINION] The real score about NEDA’s P10,000 budget ‘challenge’

Jun 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Journalists should be more careful in reporting economic statistics. Government staff must also adopt better PR strategies and avoid overanalyzing stuff: the simpler the analysis, the less prone it is to misinterpretation.

[OPINYON] All you NEDA is love

Jun 08, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Hindi ko masisi ang NEDA people. Paano nga naman nila kikinisin ang magaspang na epekto ng buwis bunsod ng Train Law...ng mataas na inflation rate? Hey, okey lang 'yan. Hindi 'yan masakit. Hindi ka naghihirap.

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: 5 misconceptions about Philippine history

Jun 07, 2018 - 8:00 PM

We throw in the books to set the record straight

[OPINION] Flashpoint Ayungin

Jun 05, 2018 - 9:39 AM

The latest harassment of Philippine troops by China in Ayungin is part of a pattern. In 2013, the Armed Forces had already reported that China eyed to occupy the shoal which lies within the country's EEZ.

[OPINION] Season of sadness

Jun 04, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Please reach out now. You do not have to suffer alone. Others are pulling for you and you must find them.

[OPINION] U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy: What's in it for Philippines?

Jun 03, 2018 - 3:25 PM

The perception that the Philippines has become China's 'new puppet' while being an ally of the US is problematic in the implementation of Trump administration's Indo-Pacific strategy

[OPINION] It’s time for the Philippines to decriminalize abortion

Jun 01, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Most of the women who are hospitalized and die from complications from unsafe abortion are poor, Roman Catholics, married, with at least 3 children, and have at least a high school education

[OPINION] Bar Bulletin No. 26: Has the Supreme Court unintentionally restrained free speech?

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Warning participants against 'undermin[ing] the safe and orderly conduct' of the oath-taking ceremonies for new lawyers intentionally or unintentionally limit public criticism of the court

[OPINION] Mr Calida, read the rules!

May 31, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Resigning from a private company is not enough. Divestment for public officials who own substantial shares is mandatory.

[OPINION] Why the clamor for higher wages is justified

May 31, 2018 - 9:23 AM

The point is to talk about wages that will allow the poorest families to escape the poverty trap

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Walking and fighting for divorce in the Philippines

May 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The divorce advocates have yet to get the full support of the Senate, but they are getting a lot of love and support from their kids. This is one fight that pro-divorce mothers and fathers will not have to face alone.

[OPINION] 100 days for Mahathir's media reform

May 26, 2018 - 7:01 PM

I was a career journalist mostly during the Mahathir years. I am now following his example to come out of retirement, to monitor his first 100 days.

[OPINION | Newspoint] Robredo and Rodrigo

May 26, 2018 - 12:21 PM

It may seem unfair for Robredo — and absurd, too — to be compared with Rodrigo Duterte, but, having been cast by fate as his vice president, she just has to stand the comparison, if only for the hoped-for enlightenment of those fooled by Duterte or misinformed about her or otherwise requiring to be set straight

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: The economics of TRAIN law, inflation and Build, Build, Build

May 25, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Economics PhD student JC Punongbayan explains in Part 2 of this Economics Series why TRAIN may be ill-timed, which sector is worst hit by inflation and why Build, Build, Build may be bad for traffic

[OPINION] How Duterte endangers your retirement

May 24, 2018 - 10:30 AM

All in all, the yawning gaps of the country’s social pension system require bold, comprehensive, and forward-thinking solutions like universal social pension – not simplistic, superficial, and short-sighted ones like Duterte’s pension hike

[OPINYON] The working boy Tito, Department of Tulfos, gown ni Meghan, at iba pang butil ng kaalaman

May 23, 2018 - 7:36 PM

Puwede naman tayong mag-ipon ng talino kahit hindi natin alam kung kailan natin gagamitin. Dahil ang solusyon sa mga kinakaharap nating suliranin sa buhay para mag-survive ay hindi parang quiz o exam, na dapat pasado ang marka.

[OPINION] On the South China Sea: Let us help our President

May 21, 2018 - 5:09 PM

'As we had previously said, we are opposed to war – as we should be. But if threatened by the use of force, we should be ready to inflict, at the very least, a bloody nose on any attacker who is out to harm us.'

[OPINION] Should we keep our mouths shut? Supreme Court should clarify sub judice

May 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The Supreme Court issues a show cause order against ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for discussing the merits of the case before the media

[OPINION] What does Sereno’s ouster mean for the economy?

May 18, 2018 - 7:48 AM

Is there any economic fallout from the ouster of Chief Justice Sereno last week?

[OPINION] Republic v. Sereno as a teachable moment

May 14, 2018 - 12:00 PM

'The decision and its fallout will prove to be a series of teachable moments, for members of the profession, for law students, and for the public'

Pera’t kapangyarihan: 5 bagay na ipinagkakatiwala natin sa mga halal sa barangay

May 14, 2018 - 6:00 AM

Bago natin ihalal ang tambay na kapitbahay o ang bagitong ambisyoso sa Mayo 14, alamin muna kung gaano kalaking kapangyarihan at pondo ang ipagkakatiwala natin sa kanila

PAGHAHANDA. Nililinis ng mga tauhan ng treasurer’s office ng Quezon City Hall ang lumang ballot boxes na gagamitin sa barangay at Sangguniang Kabataan elections sa Lunes, Mayo 14, 2018, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] The problem with PNP’s drug test ‘dare’ for barangay candidates

May 12, 2018 - 9:00 AM

By putting undue pressure on candidates to do something that might affect their candidacy, Director General Oscar Albayalde is intervening in the elections.

Funds and power: 5 things we entrust the barangay officials we elect

May 10, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Before we elect the neighborhood 'tambay' or the ambitious political startup on May 14, know how much funds and powers we're entrusting them with

PREPARATIONS. Personnel of the treasurer’s office of Quezon City Hall clean old ballot boxes that will be used for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on Monday, May 14, 2018, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] The options of Chief Justice Sereno

May 09, 2018 - 1:08 PM

The Chief Justice can issue a statement rejecting her removal. But instead of asserting that she is still Chief Justice, she can say in her statement that she will once again take a leave of absence and return to the Court at the right time.

[OPINYON] Kapit, kapitan, kapit

May 08, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Maraming gustong tumakbo. Mahigit isang milyong katao. Marahil, isa sa bawat 50 botante sa bansang ito, kandidato. Nagmamalaking madaling lapitan, madaling kapitan si Kapitan.

[OPINION] The persistence of blaming the poor

May 07, 2018 - 4:15 PM

In a highly stratified society like ours, what we need to argue about is whether the success of the few have been achieved at the expense of the many

[OPINION] The perils of quo warranto against Sereno

May 07, 2018 - 12:00 PM

If history indeed is the final and fair judge, those who vote against the quo warranto petition will be judged by future generations as people who put institution and country above themselves

[OPINION] PDEA’s release of barangay drug list unconstitutional

May 05, 2018 - 9:03 AM

It is also considered electioneering and a partisan political activity because it is ‘an act designed to promote the…defeat of a particular candidate or candidates to a public office’

[OPINION] Singko

May 02, 2018 - 6:30 PM

If you are really honest about it and sit back to evaluate Mayor’s presidential run so far, if you sift through all the narratives and remove the fake and the irrelevant, to concentrate on what is actual, you have to reach the conclusion that he has been a failure.

[OPINION] What does it even mean to be free?

May 02, 2018 - 3:04 PM

As we prepare to celebrate World Press Freedom Day, we try to take stock not only of our freedom to tell stories and speak truth to power, but also of our new world that we assume appreciates such freedom

[OPINION] Boracay and the Duterte way

May 01, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Boracay closure follows the familiar pattern of Duterte's approach to addressing complex crisis situations. The approach relies heavily on police and military action, and projects Duterte as a tough, no-nonsense leader.

[OPINION | DASH of SAS] On Kuwait: We need a president, not a suitor

May 01, 2018 - 9:25 AM

This is not the time for pronouncements sweetened only by your saccharine but empty rhetoric. The lives of thousands of Filipino workers and their families are at stake.

[OPINION] Marcos and Duterte: Strongmen’s changing playbook

Apr 30, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Threats to a free press have returned in different forms. There is no other way ahead but to stay the course.

[OPINION] Donald Duterte

Apr 30, 2018 - 11:59 AM

What is disgusting about these two is not just that they encourage the worst instincts of people, they themselves are stuck in the mire, the stinky bottom

[OPINYON] Much ado about baybayin

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Bakit inuuna natin ang pagpapasulat ng mga pangalan na parang kumikislot na bulate? Bigyan muna ng prayoridad ang iba pang mas mahalaga.

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Toxic monogamy

Apr 24, 2018 - 11:00 AM

‘Instead of thinking of forever as being rooted in the same partnership until death, think of it as having 2 or 3 relationships with the same person throughout your lives,’ relationship expert Esther Perel

Katapusan: Ang maybahay kong Thai, ang Big C, at ako

Apr 21, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Isang araw pagkatapos ng cremation, isinaboy ko sa Thailand Gulf, sa ilalim ng malamlam na sikat ng araw, ang mga labi ng taong nagdulot ng kahulugan sa buhay ko sa nakalipas na limang taon

Unang bahagi: Ang maybahay kong Thai, ang Big C, at ako

Apr 21, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Madalas ko siyang biruin na maaari niyang pagsisihan ang pagpili sa isang partner na 17 taon ang tanda sa kanya – siya ang magiging taga-alaga ko sa aking pagtanda. Ang sagot naman niya, pinasimple na ng adult diaper ang gawaing ito.

[OPINION] The alarming depletion of NFA rice under Duterte’s watch

Apr 19, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Now we’ve run out of subsidized rice – the first time this has happened since NFA’s creation in 1972, or in nearly 50 years

Facebook blocking fake news is censorship? Hell yeah!

Apr 19, 2018 - 9:15 AM

We all aspire for the truth and we are all benefited if people can agree on the facts and the truth. We don’t need fake news to identify real news.

Conclusion: My Thai wife, the Big C, and me

Apr 18, 2018 - 7:07 PM

The day after the cremation, under a soft sunlight in the Gulf of Thailand, I committed the remains of the person who had provided the meaning of my existence over the last 5 years to the sea