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[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

Part 1: My Thai wife, the Big C, and me

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:25 PM

When with friends, I kidded her that she might eventually regret having a partner 17 years older than her since she would end up taking care of me in my old age, to which she replied that adult diapers had greatly simplified that task

[OPINION] Duterte’s China itch

Apr 17, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The President pushes for joint development in South China Sea. But China has no similar deal with any country in Southeast Asia where claims overlap

[OPINION] Duterte and Trump: Dirty old men

Apr 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Sexual reprobates, like these two presidents, like their women weak and submissive to hide their impending impotence but, more importantly, because they want to conceal what they are terrified of: strong women

[OPINION] Practical questions on the Sangguniang Kabataan law's anti-dynasty provision

Apr 15, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The law is not perfect and has exploitable loopholes, but having it in the first place, even in its diluted form, is already next to miraculous

[OPINION] Enough of policymaking without planning

Apr 13, 2018 - 6:12 PM

As the Boracay example illustrates, policymaking without planning makes for needless chaos, confusion, and destruction

[OPINYON] ‘Bakit maraming bobo?’ at iba pang chenes chenes sa social media

Apr 10, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Noon, kontrolado pa ng opisyal o ahensiya kung paano lulunsad sa platform ang impormasyon. Ngayon, napakadaling sumingaw at magpasingaw. Isang naka-public na status, isang umaatikabong screenshot, hayun, viral.

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Pickup artist today, dirty old man tomorrow

Apr 10, 2018 - 10:00 AM

These guys are hanging onto the pickup boot camp promise that they can go from zero to stud hero by listening to ‘experts,’ whose only advantage over them was their better hair, shoes, and clothes

[OPINION] ‘Missing’ audit logs, wet ballots, and other Marcos lies

Apr 08, 2018 - 3:09 PM

This is not just about the vice presidency. Every lie, fact-twisting, and misinformation systematically and relentlessly sowed by the Marcos camp is corrosive to the people’s faith in our electoral process.

Dissecting TRAIN’s impact on our incomes

Apr 06, 2018 - 3:31 PM

In the mad rush to get the tax reform law going, government may have inadvertently trampled on and railroaded the poor

[OPINION] Fix the Judicial and Bar Council

Apr 05, 2018 - 9:33 AM

The body that vets appointees to the judiciary didn't follow its own rule that candidates for chief justice submit all past SALNs

[OPINION] New beginnings

Apr 02, 2018 - 1:45 PM

My disability has led me to learn to accept how life can be arbitrary. There are many things I can be grateful for and there are many things I have to just accept and overcome.

[OPINION] How the looming Grab monopoly will impact on Filipino commuters

Mar 29, 2018 - 1:34 PM

With Uber out of the way, Grab now enjoys monopoly status in many Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines. This loss of competition will almost surely mean fewer choices, higher fares, and lousier service for Pinoy commuters.

[OPINYON] Nagsisi, nanalangin, nag-selfie

Mar 27, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Inaasahan ko nang maraming maglalagay ng #BisitaIglesia sa kanikanilang status, kasunod ang #blessed o #saved o #amen.... At palagay ko, wala namang masama rito. Ano ba naman kung isabay ang pagliliwaliw sa pamamanata?

[OPINION] Suspending elections involves shameless power grab

Mar 27, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The statement of President Duterte that he will step down in 2022 even if a federal constitution is passed is as good as his campaign promise to ride a jet ski to the Spratlys

[OPINION] Facing charter change head on

Mar 26, 2018 - 6:12 PM

We must be ready to actively participate in the hearings and consultations to be initiated by the Consultative Committee

[OPINION] Notes of caution on Duterte’s preferred constitutional overhaul

Mar 26, 2018 - 11:00 AM

No democratic country with an existing unitary-presidential setup has been crazy enough to make these constitutional overhauls at the same time

The glaring double standard in Duterte’s Boracay shutdown

Mar 22, 2018 - 12:20 PM

If the problem is pollution, why the singular focus on Boracay? If the problem is congestion, why allow the construction of new, giant commercial developments? If the problem is lack of competition, why allow entrants in some industries like telco but not in casinos?

[OPINION] Divorce and the religious response

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:02 AM

The realities that necessitate divorce include: violence, infidelity, and abandonment. Instead of providing comfort, religion brings only oppression when often a romanticized image of the family is used against even the most dysfunctional relationships.

[OPINION] Aftershocks in the Supreme Court

Mar 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Arroyo’s midnight appointment of Corona as chief justice and Aquino’s choice for his replacement caused tectonic shifts

[OPINION] Misogyny is bad for all Filipinos

Mar 19, 2018 - 10:42 AM

When women themselves reinforce this misogynistic culture by downplaying, excusing, or applauding it, they participate in their own oppression

[OPINION] Debunking Sotto's election fraud claims

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Electoral fraud is about increasing or decreasing the votes received by a candidate such that a losing candidate is made to appear the winner. Senator Sotto has failed to show proofs such happened.

[OPINION] Part 2: Markets vs. Duterte: Are blanket bans a good idea?

Mar 16, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Bans, prohibitions, and crackdowns are some of Duterte’s favorite economic policies. But bans are the ultimate form of market regulation, and government should use them cautiously, not rashly.

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Expiring women don’t get angry, they get busy

Mar 16, 2018 - 5:23 PM

I have stories to write, goals to achieve, men to fall in love with (maybe I should include women? It is 2018, afterall), memories to make and many hearts to break along the way. My to-do list is a long one.

[OPINYON] Tarpo ng tropa mong trapo

Mar 13, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Bukod sa niretokeng mukha ng politiko at walang saysay na mensahe, marami pang sinasabi sa atin, though subliminally, ang basurang tarpo o tarpaulin na naglipana sa ating mga kalye at eskinita.

[OPINION] Chaos is Duterte’s key message

Mar 09, 2018 - 7:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has turned messaging upside down, stoking endless controversy and exposing his paltry policy vision