Rappler's latest stories on Vergel O. Santos
One never knows what an insecure President is capable of, and, where President Duterte is concerned, the prospects are particularly dicey
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.
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.
Indeed, China is emerging as the Duterte regime’s ultimate patron – as investor, infrastructure builder, labor and material supplier, and money lender – in a modern-day sort of colonial arrangement
Of course, we've only had a go at it twice. But with the untold losses we've suffered with each failure, how can we afford another?
If we think the ultimate danger is native, Marcos-style authoritarianism, we really have not been looking. What we stand to lose this time is not just our freedom, but our sovereignty, our identity, our very soul as a nation
Call him killer, dictator, womanizer, misogynist, whatever, but don't you call him thief
The core issue is hidden, possibly ill-gotten, wealth. It began hounding Duterte during the electoral campaign. During his presidency it has been overshadowed by other, graver, issues he can’t seem to stop provoking.
Leila de Lima’s story bears constant retelling. Her trials are our trials, her tragedy is our tragedy.
The Philippines is actually one of the world's most dangerous places not just for journalists but for its very own people
Harry Roque said Duterte had only intended a revolutionary government for when the nation fell in extremis – 'kung lupaypay na' were his exact words, which only makes things worse for Duterte. For, with him in charge, who else could bring the nation to such helplessness?
The two of them should make for a catchy marquee: Rody and Harry. But, in the end, it's the provocative personality each one brings to the tandem that will define their show.
'Given what he has managed to do within just over a year with those powers, and still threatens to do with them, there’s no telling where he will stop. What will stop him?'
Ideology is a system of political and economic thought that chooses a particular character in a particular environment in whom to incubate, and conviction is well-informed steadfastness. Simpleminded, impulsive, and stubborn, Rodrigo Duterte is just all wrong for both.
A quick although revealing enough survey of three basic areas shows that Duterte’s facts and figures do not come up to any achievement
Santos: It’s history repeating itself for its unlearned lessons and as is the run of such cases with a vengeance