A lot of Duterte’s market interventions so far seem to stem not from a well-informed or genuine desire to correct so-called 'market failures,' but from an urge to brandish the awesome powers of the state whichever way possible
The process of amending the Constitution or creating a new one will have to be a revolutionary process, one that takes it away from the hands of the elites and professional politicians, and places it in the hands of the people
Filipinos themselves must be reoriented, having been used to an over-centralized governance structure for so long
Leila de Lima: ‘[Duterte’s order] is a threat against soldiers…because this is a man that would take the honor, dignity, integrity, patriotism, and professionalism of a Filipino soldier, and manipulate it to satisfy his own brutality and bloodlust.’
Sa isyu ng Dengvaxia, nawalan ng tiwala ang mga magulang sa mga eksperto dahil inilagay ng mga eksperto sa panganib ang kanilang mga anak sa halip na pangalagaan at pahabain ang buhay ng mga ito
Rodrigo Duterte is so scared of strong women that he doesn’t know what to do with them, except degrade, insult, and strip them of their character by reducing them to nothing more than body parts
We must stop considering couplehood as the pinnacle of love and devotion. It’s 2018. It’s time to democratize relationships.
'Dapat mas marunong at handang manindigan ang Korte Suprema kapag pasaway ang nasa Malacañang at Kongreso,' says Senator Leila de Lima
Ipagpatuloy ang pagbabakuna sa mga bata at sa sarili sa ilalim ng programa ng DOH sa bakuna
The distrust of experts stems from the fact that in the case of Dengvaxia, the experts have so spectacularly failed the people on a matter of public trust
Who stands to gain when we are forced to pick between DDS or Dilawan?
The PCC will have to address the competition issues confronting the 3rd telco player, while the NTC will have to ensure that the new entrant will meet the required regulatory and corporate issues before it could penetrate the market and go full blast in its operations
We haven’t yet seen the full effects of TRAIN’s new taxes. Instead, what we saw in January was likely a combination of profiteering, higher world oil prices, and the peso’s depreciation
Current leaders come and go. But a core of career civil servants keeps the government going. They help the government survive every round of carpet-baggers and charlatans our broken political system throws into leadership.
Philippine legal procedure is horribly ill-equipped for 21st century transnational issues like human trafficking and modern slavery, the drug trade, terrorism, regional environmental degradation, money laundering, and the legal needs of the Filipino diaspora, all of which cross state borders
This government’s claim that the Philippines cannot explore Benham Rise without China is a total sham meant to disempower and demean Filipinos and their capacity and capability as a people
(UPDATED) All in all, the proposals for federalism should not be blind to the political and economic realities on the ground. Otherwise, federalism will only be fraught with many unintended consequences.
At this juncture in our history, we are called once again to exercise our moral courage as a people: to show brave behavior in the face of risks and threats, despite all the costs. It means the ability to do the right thing in the right way in the face of one’s fears.
In the use of any technology, whether that be sidewalks or an anti-dengue vaccine, it is crucial to do a cost-benefit analysis
OceanaGold has been stunningly defeated in El Salvador, at least for the time being. The months to come will determine whether it can be defeated in the Philippines by 2019.
Economic woes, if unabated, could lead to social unrest. Recall that it was not so much Ninoy Aquino’s assassination in 1983 that led to EDSA 1, but the deep, painful recession in 1984 to 1985 that preceded it.
The authoritarian forces live in the past, as shown by persistence to revise history, treat the two people power uprisings (EDSA 1 and EDSA 2) as historical flukes, and reimpose the failed authoritarian system. The modern-day populism appears to be their ideological anchor.
Our country’s problem with road congestion is, at its core, a problem of incentives: the right ones are simply not in place. The solution is fairly simple: correct the existing incentives by reducing the relative benefits of private vehicles and increasing their relative costs.
Internal disagreements between and among members of the Court should not be the subject of an impeachment complaint
You do know as well that I pray for everyone – the innocent as well as the guilty, the weak and the strong, young and old, women and children, democrats and fascists, believers and unbelievers
Some people obsessed with their death, however, don’t have the courage to kill themselves. Thus their request for assistance to dispatch them to the afterlife.
Alas, the world is confusing. All we can do is do our best to educate ourselves, keep our own biases in check, and maintain open minds.
Please remember that some of us are not Christian. Though that may not be a problem for those of us who have learned to be generous to the presumptuous, please be aware that you are not entitled to such generosity though we are entitled to your sensitivity.
Most of us are born into some sort of privilege (of class, race, caste, sexual orientation, sex, and so on). It is foolhardy to think we can cast off these parts of our being and thereby find some form of revolutionary authenticity.
There were significantly fewer people who trooped to the cemetery. Was it because for the past year-and-a-half, our people had seen so much death courtesy of Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war, that remembering the dead on November 1 seemed superfluous?
Wives were told: Seeing you cry will make him feel sorry for himself. It will make him lose hope. It will weaken his resolve to get well.
Perpetrators of horrendous crimes are considered enemies of humanity, and can be tried and punished anywhere in the world by virtue of the principle of universal jurisdiction
The President does not have real immunity from criminal prosecution for genocide, war crimes, and other crimes against humanity penalized under Republic Act 9851
The tide will turn with or without the support of my colleagues and when it does they will have to face the consequences of the choices they have made even the choice to ignore the truth and allow innocent people to be victimized says De Lima
We have opened the Pandora’s box. One can only hope that we will be also to correct ourselves and restore impeachment to its rightful use as a means of accountability and not a political weapon that will only destroy this country.
More often than not, criminals in government eventually find a way to consolidate power in an absolute manner. And when they do, they become what we call 'Untouchables.'
A dictator once mortgaged our future to imperialist powers and bankrupted this nation We cannot let another dictator do that again
The senator wants the Thought Leaders piece Magnanakaw sa Senado by Dr Sylvia Estrada Claudio taken down within 10 days
Look at the names now praised by many for supposedly defending the national patrimony: Marcos Escudero Cayetano and Ejercito
Filipinos are the largest ethnic group in the island state followed by the Japanese Chinese and Koreans A restored monarchy will have to preside over a sovereign nation that is not anymore of single ethnicity
But the study of the Philippines remains buoyant in the Philippines and continues to have unwavering interest in Japan South Korea Australia and China
The absence of the historian in the world of punditry and policy has fostered a series of ill conceived notions about Muslim Mindanao the most serious of which being the Moro armed struggle and the causes behind it
Justifying moving to the United States or refusing to go back home based on the argument that the Philippines is thoroughly corrupted does not work This condition is equally endemic in the new home
What happened at UP looked and sounded more like the actions of a sect that has failed to educate and convince its constituents of the rightness of its cause It does not have the people behind them
Who knows one of these days when there is serious need to soothe the anxieties of the nation again FVR just might
Facebook now has to prove sustainability beyond its foundations The paved binary walls on which we all often wander will have to generate revenues