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In the Philippines, the terms 'strike' and 'rally' tend to have a bad connotation. Here's why this has to change, and fast.
Throughout his 3 years in office, President Rodrigo Duterte has managed to keep poor Filipinos satisfied with his performance. Pollsters help us make sense of this.
How do you feel about government officials airing their thoughts online?
Surveys conducted from 2002 to 2014 show some Filipinos agree with scrapping elections in favor of a strong leader and letting the military take over government
Silicon Valley might become this generation's Detroit if it can't reverse its moral decline, writes a pair of US professors
Associate Justice Teresita de Castro says ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's 'pattern of lies' began even before she was appointed to head the Supreme Court
Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe’s dissent also notes that facts and the own statements of ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno 'cast shadows of doubt on her claim that she indeed faithfully filed all her SALNs'
'With the SolGen wielding a quo warranto sword of Damocles over the heads of these officers, the Filipino people cannot be assured that they will discharge their constitutional mandate and functions without fear or favor,' says Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo
The Supreme Court justice says on social media the petition should have been dismissed outright, while the spokesperson posts a straightforward, self-explanatory graphic
If the youth is the hope of our future, the kind of future that awaits us lies in the hands of the teachers. So please. Treat us better.
Threats to a free press have returned in different forms. There is no other way ahead but to stay the course.
Kung paanong magkaiba ang katotohanan at kasinungalingan, ganoon ding magkasalungat ang demokrasya at diktadura
It's time we call out reporters who are overly chummy with government officials, who ride the wave of this administration's popularity at the cost of critical and impartial reporting and commentary
This truly reflects the sad state of journalism in the Philippines. It shows the swath of reality that independent journalism has not yet taken root in our society.
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
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.’
Crossing the line is an experiment. It shows us what happens when the nation's sacred cows are shamed, and what happens when the Duterte regime raises sacred cows of their own.
'The majority’s decision in this case aligns us towards the same dangerous path. It erodes this Court’s role as our society’s legal conscience,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen
'This precedent dangerously suggests a perpetual violation of people's constitutional rights,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa in his dissenting opinion on the re-extension of martial law in Mindanao
Centerlaw lawyer Gilbert Andres cautions against tagging 'political opinion' as 'fake news'
Sa Dengvaxia deal ng administrasyong Aquino at pharmaceutical giant na Sanofi, nagtagpo ang politika ng gobyernong barkadahan at ang kasakiman ng isang korporasyon
The Gerry Ortega murder case is somehow linked to the multi-million Malampaya fund scam, over which Joel Reyes is also facing charges
The Philippines is actually one of the world's most dangerous places not just for journalists but for its very own people
The Social Weather Stations survey also finds 66% of Filipinos believe the armed forces 'can suppress the Maute group and Abu Sayaff even without martial law'
'Like many, I fear that the pendulum of democracy is swinging the other way globally, enabled by social media,' says Maria Ressa when she accepted the National Democracy Institute's W. Averell Harriman Democracy Award on November 2 (US time)
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?
Our results-oriented education makes us forget that we go to school, especially college, not simply to learn how to do things, but to become better citizens and better people
Kung susuriin ang kontribusyon at impact ng internet sa pag-unlad ng mga ekonomiya at pagbuti ng kabuhayan, dapat seryosohin ng pamahalaan ang pagpapabuti nito
Now we understand why President Duterte is being a bigger bully than he ever was, seemingly intent on destroying institutions that check abuses and excesses in the executive. He is in panic.
Opinion polls do not reflect the processes of change that come from the everyday exchanges and discussions that are happening in a nation which is in political ferment
There is no rebellion that justifies martial law There is terrorism that requires more thoughtful action says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen
I don’t want to argue whether his words are blasphemy or not but I don’t think it is wise for a high profile public servant or public figure to say something that he is not actually suitable to talk about
In her 151 page dissenting opinion Senator Leila de Lima asks President Rodrigo Duterte to create an independent commission to probe killings
A young woman s open letter to the victims of Martial Law and those who support former president Ferdinand Marcos
I don t use the ugliness of the internet to excuse myself from being held accountable for my statements
In essence Airpods are still just earphones But they re also an attempt by Apple to make inroads into an all wireless ecosystem
Yes I have been absent but my love for the country has not diminished by an inch in a way that is difficult for me to explain
Mar represents a safe pair of hands and can keep hope alive even in trying times
To allow a person who is found by the Comelec not to be a natural born Filipino citizen to run for President of the Philippines constitutes a mockery of the election process says the senior associate justice
I have come to accept that leaving everything and traveling the world is not the sole way to live a well lived life It is just one of the many variations
How much of a game changer will engaged voters be come election day?
We must remove Islam s negative image from today s cyber and real space says Iran s President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday December 27
Tak sependapat dengan hakim MK lainnya Maria Farida mengatakan perceraian bisa dicegah dengan mencegah pernikahan oleh pasangan di bawah umur
Let politicians be more analytical about poll results lest they unwisely run for posts and lose
How ironic that the Igorots long known as the headhunters would be the ones being beheaded In their funerals the spirits of the 14 SAF had been called to avenge their deaths
An IFOP poll finds 42 believe Mohammed cartoons – seen as offensive by many Muslims – should not be published
It is time to bring back the more apt and productive debate arena where the Filipino rants less and argues more
Who stands to gain when we fall in the trap of telling the world what’s on our minds too soon too fast?
Mental health is a big gap of the DOH It was only after Yolanda that efforts were intensified by both the national and local governments