Patricio N. Abinales - updates

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[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

A Generation's Dirge, Part 2

Mar 12, 2017 - 1:00 PM

If we go beyond the factional debates and how cadres and ex cadres interpreted them and justified their respective sides we can discern a couple of interesting things

File photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

Requiem for a generation

Mar 05, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Why are many 'veterans' of the fight against the Marcos dictatorship now are pitted against each other in the battle between President Rodrigo Duterte and his opponents?

In this file photo, masked sympathizers guard the coffin bearing the remains of slain labor leader Filemon 'Popoy' Lagman, draped with the hammer and sickle flag as the funeral march heads to Marikina, February 12, 2001. Jay Directo/AFP

The first minutes of a Duterte Cabinet meeting

Jun 28, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Patricio N Abinales imagines the first gathering of President Rodrigo Duterte s Cabinet appointees in this fictional radio report – in Bisaya

Famine in Cotabato circa 1950s-Early 1960s

Apr 24, 2016 - 7:30 AM

In the 1950s and early 1960s it was the destruction of farmlands by rats which caused the hardships in Cotabato

EDSA through a (fictionalized) Marine's eyes

Mar 13, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Read an excerpt from an essay that is part of the new book Remembering Rethinking EDSA

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A hazing

Jul 12, 2015 - 10:39 AM

In October 1954 when asked by the Castro Committee as to the fraternities’ role in UP life the respondents were unanimous in their answers: they existed because they desired power

Rumbles and institutional omerta

Jul 11, 2015 - 4:10 PM

The relationship between UP and its the fraternities especially the war freaks is a paradox – we have a violent activity that everyone knows about but its details are hardly shared with the outside world

UP’s gangland wars: A historical note

Jun 27, 2015 - 11:00 AM

A 1950 investigation of a hazing death suggests that rumbles became part of the fraternity routine after World War II There was general consensus within UP that the violence of the Japanese Occupation and the American Liberation Destruction of Manila took its toll on UP students

Ironies: Those who fought the dictatorship now demonized

May 23, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Look at the names now praised by many for supposedly defending the national patrimony: Marcos Escudero Cayetano and Ejercito

Filipinos in paradise: What if Hawaii separates from the US?

May 16, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Filipinos are the largest ethnic group in the island state followed by the Japanese Chinese and Koreans A restored monarchy will have to preside over a sovereign nation that is not anymore of single ethnicity

What to do? Interest in PH studies declines in the US

May 10, 2015 - 10:01 AM

But the study of the Philippines remains buoyant in the Philippines and continues to have unwavering interest in Japan South Korea Australia and China

Mohagher Iqbal, the author

Apr 26, 2015 - 7:55 PM

[Second of two parts] There are several problematic points that are noticeable in the MILF ideologue’s writings particularly in regards to how to analyze the causes of Moro backwardness and how to overcome this

Mohagher Iqbal the author

Apr 18, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The otherwise exceptional book by the MILF peace negotiator lacks a critical view of the Moro ruling elite who compromised principles and came into a mutual accommodation with the Filipino state

Distorting Moro Mindanao

Nov 22, 2014 - 9:00 AM

The absence of the historian in the world of punditry and policy has fostered a series of ill conceived notions about Muslim Mindanao the most serious of which being the Moro armed struggle and the causes behind it

Corrupt Philippines? Look at America

Nov 18, 2014 - 7:30 AM

Justifying moving to the United States or refusing to go back home based on the argument that the Philippines is thoroughly corrupted does not work This condition is equally endemic in the new home

Why the Abad caper is not enough to advance the revolution

Sep 28, 2014 - 8:00 AM

What happened at UP looked and sounded more like the actions of a sect that has failed to educate and convince its constituents of the rightness of its cause It does not have the people behind them

If we are concerned with Gaza...

Aug 31, 2014 - 12:32 AM

It would be wise to look beyond the battles contextualize democratic Israel and the fundamentalist Hamas that seems to be heading into the abyss of superstition and fundamentalism

The contradiction of coming home

Aug 16, 2014 - 10:30 AM

Is this home? Balikbayans and the OFWs are returning to where there are still figments of the old place but in general it is something completely different

What would God do with 'praying' politicians?

Aug 09, 2014 - 8:00 AM

What do you think God would do as he continues to be handed all these supplications from Filipino politicians like pork barrel scam suspect Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr?