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Simply removing term limits at this point will secure the political foothold of many already fat political dynasties
‘Ipaalala mo sa may desisyon na...mas kilalanin ang kandidato sa kanilang motibong hindi binabanggit sa campaign jingle, campaign poster, o patalastas...malayong-malayo sa intensiyong maglingkod sa kapwa’
The Duterte government seems to be exaggerating the benefits of the Kaliwa Dam project and downplaying its costs and risks
Better security relations with Vietnam will ultimately benefit us. Here's why.
Alternative candidates love to talk about change. But harping on change can only backfire. A popular and highly trusted administration will not be replaced.
The Fair Election Act mandates that the candidate, political party, and polling firm release the relevant information, like the methodology, the areas covered, the specific questions asked, and the margin of error, among others
Dahil nga wala nang masyadong plataporma, ibig sabihin, hindi na rin maaasahan ang katuparan ng anumang sinabi sa kampanyahan
If anything, the findings of the UN Working Group give a sense of both what justice may be like properly done and of the untold mockery it has been subjected to in De Lima’s case
We’ve taken for granted the structural problems of our water sector for too long. It’s high time we changed that.
Political clans have not disappeared. Duterte has made them stronger. Duterte’s shoot-from-the-hip style of governance and more pervasive incompetence has weakened the central government.
Sa panahon ngayon, hindi na kailangan ng edukasyon ng botanteng hibang sa karnabal ng kampanyahan. Mas madaling lumaganap ang kampanyang gawin at panatilihin silang mangmang.
Much remains to be done before the Philippines can truly claim to have attained Sustainable Development Goal 5 – to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
It cannot be denied that the drug list is simply another 'Order of Battle,' which is unlawful
Whatever may be the conclusion of the strike, there is little doubt that the practice of contractualization, which has done so much damage to labor in this country, is facing a mortal challenge from its victims
Diokno’s experience and expertise lie in fiscal policy (which deals primarily with the way government raises and spends money) rather than in monetary policy (which deals primarily with controlling the country’s money supply)
'It was an imperative for our disruptive northern neighbor to be forewarned of the significance of our mutual defense treaty alliance'
Are you officially a self-proclaimed single Tita of Manila?
Hindi lahat ay may pagpapahalaga sa pananagutan. Okay lang naman iyon, maliban kung kandidato ka. Maliban kung pulitiko ka. Mas malaki ang pananagutan mo dahil buwis ko ang gagastusin mo kapag nahalal ka.
Press freedom is not automatically proved alive by the ability of the press to exercise its democratic right to publish without state interference; true proof lies in what happens to the press after exercising that right.
Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency report in January is an eye-opener and shows what China is capable of doing in the South China Sea
We’ve come to a point where drugs can be literally fished out of our waters. How can anyone hear these stories and reasonably claim them to be signs of success?
If the poster is fully at the expense of the private person, at his own instance, and without collusion with any candidate...the private person or entity is not covered by the size limitation
We must ensure that more Defenders of Democracy are voted into office this year, and that the elections are free, clean, and peaceful. And that is a fight that is in the hands of the Filipino youth, Filipino parents, and all freedom-loving citizens.
If only for the added assurance and security it offers – and the direction it decisively sets for the healthcare sector at large – the Universal Health Care Act is a very welcome development
A new law, RA 11188, now defines extrajudicial killings – a significant step forward in providing justice to many victims
Detained Senator De Lima is confident that 'the time will come' when people 'will be forced to acknowledge the truth.' Hopefully 'it would not be too late for all of us.'
Legitimate social media posts made by non-candidates are protected speech and beyond the regulatory reach of the Comelec
In their own ways, these people are pushing back. They know that dissent is necessary to put in check abusive politicians.
Tinkering with the formal rules isn’t nearly enough to see lasting political reforms. We need to revamp as well the informal norms that pervade our political culture.
Show her up to be vulnerable, subdue her, and a chill probably goes around enough to help ease the way for the authoritarian rule he has been itching to impose. Well, knowing Maria Ressa, she’s not one easily subdued.
Why the charge against Maria Ressa and former Rappler researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr is unconstitutional
Matagal ko nang inamin sa sarili na hindi ko kayang baguhin ang mundo nang wholesale.... Narito ako para sabihing kapag napagod na tayo sa paghabol sa walang hanggang pangarap, mas masarap palang maging pangkaraniwan.
Japan is one of the countries invited to observe the PH-US war games, but it sent actual boots on the ground last year to take part in training exercises
In the 2019 elections, the Comelec will test a Voter Registration Verification System in one-third of the clustered precincts, mostly in Mindanao
Tungkol ito sa kung gaano kalakas ang loob ng dayuhan na manaboy ng taho sa isang pulis. Dahil marahil alam niyang sa bansang ito, walang papalag sa kaniya. Temerity. At siguradong hindi pa ito ang huli.
The museum should honor the humblest of the Muslims of the Philippines – not just their leaders, nor only the principals of the protracted peace process
As the unelected branch of government, the judiciary’s sole standard of action is the rule of law rather than the public pulse. This is an essential democratic counterweight to the popularly elected officers of government.
As Winston Churchill said, 'A free press is the unsleeping guardian of every other right that free men prize; it is the most dangerous foe of tyranny'
Its costs are borne mainly by poor and middle-class Filipinos
This should make Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana's call for a review of the Philippines' treaty with the US more relevant and timely
The House resolution restricting public access to its members' Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth might be in conflict with the Constitution
Here lies the basic senselessness, ludicrousness, indeed immorality in Gordon’s proposition: How could a nation get built at the cost of the very future, if not the very lives, of its own children?
Despite seeming successes, the Duterte administration has yet to deliver on the job creation front
It's a clear signal that the Americans will stay here, and in the region, for a long time
Hindi ko tiyak kung ano ang sasabihin ko sa nawalan ng mahal sa buhay nang bombahin ang katedral sa Jolo, Sulu. Hindi na lamang ito status, platform ng kawalan.
The lowering of the age of criminal liability is a draconian effort to control and repress the poor – backed by our society’s upper and middle classes
The proposed law removes the National Food Authority's rice import monopoly, and will kick off the process of substantially reducing the inefficiencies and collusion in the rice market system
Are Filipinos really comfortable with this? Is this a true sentiment of our people that lawmakers are only faithfully expressing and executing?
That vote constitutes a referendum for him. In fact, on it depend the immediate chances of him being able to fully, ultimately impose his malign will on us.
Manila Bay now has 330 million units of fecal bacteria – a far cry from its one million units 20 years ago. What needs to be done?