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[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Where is the outrage?

Feb 15, 2020 - 11:42 AM

The case takes a Shakespearean quality. King Rodrigo swings away with his sword screaming, proffering a crazy deal: the VFA for an American visa for a favorite horse – Bato de la Rosa.

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Patronage presidency

Feb 01, 2020 - 3:31 PM

Nothing combines protection and benefaction in a more egregious, ludicrous, and ominous fashion than in the case of Bato de la Rosa, the retired police general, now a senator

[NEWSPOINT | OPINION] Different breeds

Jan 18, 2020 - 11:00 AM

If anyone deserves to be impeached it's Duterte. And in that scenario, however implausible, the thought of Robredo being first in the line of presidential succession is consoling, if vaguely.

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Leila de Lima, the missed tipping point

Jan 04, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Out here a smattering of protest is all that has passed for righteous resistance. A tipping point is eternally awaited. It’s actually long past. It was Leila de Lima.

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A petty dictator

Dec 21, 2019 - 12:16 PM

The significance of Cory’s book cannot be overemphasized. Her stature alone lends it the poundage of truth needed to crush the creeping conspiracy to not only distort, but flat-out falsify the history of the period to rehabilitate its villains.

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The timid press

Dec 07, 2019 - 4:53 PM

A susceptibility to intimidation should be correctable by a proper steeping in the values imposed on the profession

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Blowback

Nov 23, 2019 - 11:00 AM

So, why would Duterte, a can-do-no-wrong case, yield the running of his centerpiece campaign to Robredo, thus implying that he could not hack it himself?

[OPINION | Newspoint] A never-ending cleanup

Nov 09, 2019 - 11:00 AM

President Duterte may have been prodigious at making a mess, and far from done with it, but his is only the latest in a rarely broken run of messy Philippine leaderships

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The evil that men do

Oct 26, 2019 - 1:28 PM

He was elected as the one-trick pony the nation needed – only to prove himself not even slightly worthy of the trick on which he sold himself

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The nation’s debt to De Lima

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:13 AM

Duterte may be crazy, but surely not so crazy as to think himself immune from repayment. As it happens, he is De Lima’s biggest debtor.

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Wrong side up

Sep 14, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Only a Duterte presidency would find a fit for Faeldon

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] What press freedom?

Aug 17, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Indeed, the press was invented for democracy’s own health. That’s why a narcissistic, authoritarian character like Rodrigo Duterte simply cannot abide it.

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Covering up a national sellout

Aug 03, 2019 - 11:00 AM

When he surrendered our sovereignty to China over some of our richest and most strategic territorial waters, he not only committed treason outright, but launched himself on a continuing crime of national betrayal

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Duterte’s word replaces the Constitution

Jul 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM

How did we manage to descend so low?

[OPINION | Newspoint] A nation held to ransom

Jun 29, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Duterte's betrayals actually go further and deeper.

[OPINION | Newspoint] Hounds at the door

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

If the cumulative death count to date is 5,000, that means the killings have slowed to 1,000 in the past year and a half. But does that mean the government will now allow itself to be investigated?

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The specter of succession

Jun 01, 2019 - 2:00 PM

President Duterte cannot risk a successor who cannot guarantee him immunity from prosecution – plausibly for treason, in ceding to China control over the resource-rich West Philippine Sea; for extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs. Indeed, he can ill afford to be out of power.

[OPINION | Newspoint] Insidious insertions

May 13, 2019 - 11:32 PM

To be sure, no situation exploitable for authoritarianism has presented itself for the rest of the nation – until this election

[OPINION | Newspoint] A desperate, self-redemptive vote

May 11, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The vote will test us for our values and mental state as a people

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A ban on Duterte

May 03, 2019 - 7:33 AM

Given his type of narcissism, one that blooms lustier and lustier with each live performance, we'd never know how far he would go with his indecencies

[NEWSPOINT | OPINION] Transcendent messages via earthquake

Apr 27, 2019 - 11:30 AM

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck hard on the heels of a tale told of a plot to oust President Duterte, which should make the deciphering not too difficult for the suitably disposed

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Sara Duterte's honest convictions

Apr 13, 2019 - 11:30 AM

I doubt that Sara’s statement portraying herself and, by natural extension, her consenting father unvirtuous also had been cajoled out of her; it looked more like an attempt she had taken on her own initiative in order to sound philosophical, in keeping with her new stature

Sara Duterte

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Justice by foreign intervention

Mar 30, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Duterte is not completely out of reach by the law, and it will be ironic if it's yet the especially long arm of the International Criminal Court from the Hague, in the Netherlands, that gets him

[OPINION | Newspoint] Adding insult to injustice

Mar 16, 2019 - 11:00 AM

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

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Portrait of the Filipino child as a criminal

Feb 02, 2019 - 10:00 AM

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?

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Where numbers lie

Jan 19, 2019 - 1:42 PM

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.

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Who to blame: the pollsters or us?

Jan 05, 2019 - 1:31 PM

Let’s retest ourselves; let’s set aside the quirks for the moment and review how President Duterte has dealt with the larger matters of public interest

[OPINION | Newspoint] Continuing martial law without continuing rebellion

Dec 22, 2018 - 11:00 AM

How can an election conducted under martial law in Duterte's own home region be free or fair at all?

[OPINION | Newspoint] Why China cannot be trusted

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Now the world's second biggest economy and a major power all around, China no longer hesitates to bully and cheat its way around client nations

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Defaults and plain bad choices

Nov 24, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Duterte is one malignant phenomenon such as not seen since Ferdinand Marcos, and we are now being asked to promote it by voting for his candidates

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Making our own shameful history

Oct 13, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Arroyo and Duterte are bound in a conspiracy so brazen a special thickness is required for anyone to honestly miss it

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Power trumps rights

Sep 29, 2018 - 11:20 AM

What are the rest of us only too quick to profess righteous resistance actually lending to this moral fight?

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A sputtering conspiracy

Sep 15, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Rodrigo Duterte is clearly losing it; Antonio Trillanes, on the other hand, is in the ascendant

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] From incapacity to absurdity

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Compulsively carrying on this way, he succeeded only in burying himself deeper in the hole of his regime’s own digging

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] How long can Duterte wait?

Aug 18, 2018 - 11:00 AM

In any case, waiting in the wings are Bongbong and next to him the President’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara, now undergoing crash grooming for national office – ultimately for the presidency

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Arroyo's the feature, Duterte’s just the trailer

Aug 04, 2018 - 3:26 PM

Any residual doubts about Arroyo’s special place in the hierarchy of power in the Duterte regime should be dispelled by her accession to the Speakership

[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

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The Marcos compromise

Apr 28, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Since Robredo and Sereno are fighting their battles in the same theater, it’s easier to detect the conspiratorial hands at work in their cases

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] ‘Tuloy ang laban!’

Apr 21, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Mogato is the last to be fooled. He knows that, along with his Reuters colleagues, he is a particular target for the particular crime of putting names and faces to some of those numbers and detailing the cold, sick, subhuman instincts with which Duterte's war has been prosecuted.

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The ultimate betrayal

Apr 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Why should Duterte trouble himself with a minority chief justice?

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A last stand for national redemption

Mar 03, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The Senate is called upon to make a stand for truth, freedom, and justice, indeed for the nation’s redemption – a stand not improbably the last of such not only in its turn but in this generation and the next, perhaps for even longer

[OPINION | Newspoint] Constitutional tyranny

Jan 13, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Democracy is hijacked and perverted to allow tyranny by the majority. Duterte and Congress are in it together for one conspiratorial cause.

[OPINION | Newspoint] Lucky and dangerous

Dec 16, 2017 - 2:30 PM

So, how far has Rodrigo Duterte taken us down the road to authoritarianism?

[OPINION | Newspoint] Impeachment overkill

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:17 PM

By voting against Duterte’s pet cases in the Supreme Court, Sereno did not endear herself to him and, chief justice for 14 more years, unless stopped by abnormal means, like impeachment, she could hound him beyond his term

[OPINION | Newspoint] From disingenuous to delusional

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:00 AM

I must confess not having at all detected in Harry Roque any proneness to delusion until he went to Congress; I had known him as a man of law, a militant defender of freedom and rights

[Newspoint] Duterte vs the people's right to know

Sep 30, 2017 - 2:30 PM

At any rate, the unsorted question about who provided the bank records loses much of its relevance in the glare of the damning evidence the records themselves reveal

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, August 20-27, 2017

Aug 27, 2017 - 2:17 PM

Must watch videos from this week

RAINY WEATHER. The bad weather does not deter people from accompanying Kian delos Santos to his final destination. Photo by Eliza Lopez/Rappler

In times of crises, be accountable for your stories – veteran journalists

Aug 25, 2017 - 7:49 PM

Don’t make excuses for the mistakes that you made Because once you do that you are caught in a spin says respected journalist Cheche Lazaro

VETERANS. Journalists Cheche Lazaro, Vergel Santos, and Tina Monzon-Palma are interviewed by Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on August 24. Photo by Rappler

Rappler Talk: Defining journalism in crisis

Aug 24, 2017 - 11:42 AM

Veteran journalists Tina Monzon Palma Cheche Lazaro and Vergel Santos talk about the challenges of journalism in trying times

Duterte's ace against ABS-CBN, the Philippines' biggest network

Aug 18, 2017 - 8:52 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to block ABS-CBN's franchise is a threat to press freedom, experts tell Rappler

ROCKY RELATIONSHIP. President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with Eugenio Lopez III, chairman and CEO of ABS-CBN, during a courtesy call in Malacañang€™ on October 24, 2016. Malacañang file photo