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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?
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.
To be sure, no situation exploitable for authoritarianism has presented itself for the rest of the nation – until this election
The vote will test us for our values and mental state as a people
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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.
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
How can an election conducted under martial law in Duterte's own home region be free or fair at all?
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
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
Arroyo and Duterte are bound in a conspiracy so brazen a special thickness is required for anyone to honestly miss it
What are the rest of us only too quick to profess righteous resistance actually lending to this moral fight?
Rodrigo Duterte is clearly losing it; Antonio Trillanes, on the other hand, is in the ascendant
Compulsively carrying on this way, he succeeded only in burying himself deeper in the hole of his regime’s own digging
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
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
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
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
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.
Why should Duterte trouble himself with a minority chief justice?
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
Democracy is hijacked and perverted to allow tyranny by the majority. Duterte and Congress are in it together for one conspiratorial cause.
So, how far has Rodrigo Duterte taken us down the road to authoritarianism?
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
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
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
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
Veteran journalists Tina Monzon Palma Cheche Lazaro and Vergel Santos talk about the challenges of journalism in trying times
President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to block ABS-CBN's franchise is a threat to press freedom, experts tell Rappler
President Duterte possesses other qualities that suit the purpose of Time magazine s list of 100 most influential people
Not unlike Pontius Pilate Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II called out to tens of thousands gathered at the Luneta on the evening of February 25 and asked them whom they wanted targeted next possibly to join Senator Leila de Lima in jail and they shouted back Trillanes
One never knows what Rodrigo Duterte and Donald Trump might see of themselves in each other that would ignite a mutual identification which could only lead to either of two things: they hit it off or they hit each other
His epiphany makes him harder yet to categorize especially normally But we will always try – if only for our own sense of consolation and security He is after all our president
Duterte’s war on drugs is finally hitting home If fascism begins with a knock on the door we have been taken well past that We have ignored the signs and continue to ignore them
As a critic of colonial patronage – and what a spiteful critic he is – Duterte himself lacks the standing
How can you be objective in a world where being objective means you are hated for your job? asks Rappler reporter Pia Ranada during the 2030 Social Good Summit
The Internet is not so much as public debate anymore as it is a screaming match says Vince Lazatin of the Transparency and Accountability Network
Duterte is thought new by those too young to have lived life long enough; he is thought on the other hand suitable by those who I imagine have managed to live life easily enough in the worst of times
Senator Grace Poe says having an FOI law would have compelled the DBM to release complete information on DAP early on not after the fact
As many as 90 of journalists may engage in mild forms of corruption during elections