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'It’s now up to the Senate to come up with a solid, sound supplemental budget that will force Duterte and his economic managers to change their ways and rethink their priorities'
'Alas, with the Rappler cases and ABS-CBN shutdown, made emphatic with the passage of a draconian anti-terror law amid still rising COVID-19 cases, the Duterte administration’s bait for investors is laced with poison'
Racism has been a central feature of the way the United States has waged its wars
'While it is reasonable to say that the role of the AFP in the government’s COVID-19 response has been substantial, there are two risks that could affect civil-military relations during this pandemic period'
'To think that the conviction will only last for at least 6 years is wrong. This imprisonment will last for generations and lifetimes to come, and haunt the national memory.'
'How can an offense deemed to be so minor such as libel and a right so fundamental such as the freedom of speech and of the press stir so much conflict and confusion?'
'We should…recognize that in the face of COVID-19, these freelancers, just like many other Filipino workers, will be facing potentially significant headwinds'
'[The Anti-Terror Act] is authorized to order the arrest of any person even if he or she has not committed any crime of terrorism'
'The question is not only: is it constitutional? The question is also: does or will it serve its intended or at least declared purpose?'
'For ASEAN to enhance its visibility and influence, the region must put additional investments in global health policy and diplomacy'
Compared to the country's Human Security Act, the Anti-Terrorism Act drops the bar even lower
'Social media is fraught with comments and criticisms on the special attention going to 4Ps beneficiaries. The degrading stereotype of the lazy poor still flourishes, more dangerous than ever...'
'Only half [of the respondents] knew that they should be washing their hands or wearing a mask to protect against the spread'
'The Philippines has enjoyed strong economic growth in recent years, but a sharp slowdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic could upend planned defense spending'
'It’s all a bizarre repeat of TRAIN where the poor are made to pay more so the rich can pay less. This time around, amid the COVID-19 crisis, the rich will benefit from the biggest corporate tax break in Philippine history.'
'We are victims of the long-run neglect in the health and hospital systems of the country'
Voicing your exasperation over the government and its officials – even in impolite language – is constitutionally protected
'The absence of a standard timeline in the delivery of benefits is one of major gaps in exacting accountability from the subsidy program.... This situation has often led to confusion and unrealistic expectations.'
Some of the guards have even become temporary guests of the jail gangs, where VIP accommodation rooms have been provided for sleeping
'In the end, we must will ourselves to test massively and extensively if post-lockdown decisions are to be driven by data. Lack of testing is lack of data.'
'If there is one risk that we should avoid at all costs, it would be of banking all our planning and resources on the delivery of a vaccine, only to discover that the virus has mutated past that vaccine’s efficacy'
'Will their trust in the government and private sector responses last long enough for them to survive, or will they be left to their own devices? It is the uncertainty that worries them.'
'In Brgy 178, people are divided as to whether the government’s actions...are enough for everyone. The issue is not so much which government actions are correct or not, but rather what is the community’s best strategy for survival.'
'Leaders need to be given the space to say shocking things, to be upfront about what might go wrong, to change their minds in the face of new evidence, and to pick the lesser of two evils'
'The success of the Sin Tax Law should have been a health system responding well to the COVID-19 emergency'
'I understand why people are worried, as this is a new disease and there is much we still don’t know. The best thing we can do is to be prepared.'
Filipinos love Korean pop culture, but they don't necessarily feel the same way about regular Koreans living in the Philippines
How can we design Marine Protected Areas that both effectively conserve endangered ecosystems and respect the rights of established fishing communities?
Scientists from the MRC Center for Global Infectious Disease Analysis say the number of cases in Wuhan, China was likely closer to 1,700 than the 45 earlier reported
Can an average Filipino family of 5 really survive on P10,727 per month?
Watch road safety advocate Vince Lazatin and 3M Philippines' John Vallinan transform a dark street into one with proper visibility with retro-reflective material used for signs and road markings
Along with the Fields Medal, the Abel Prize is one of the world's most prestigious maths prizes
The Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict urges close cooperation between officials of the Bangsamoro region, the national government, and the military as 'consequences of failure could be devastating'
Catriona's use of Filipino outfits from local textiles has opened many opportunities for designers
The rise of beauty pageant camps has made the Philippines a powerhouse in pageantry
Asia is the next market for the beauty pageant industry
Filipinos love pageantry and the wins are coming in
Catriona Gray and her team didn't come to Bangkok to participate – they came to win
The spotlight is on Catriona Gray – and she sure is making the most of it
'The Philippines’ Catriona Gray leads way ahead of the pack... but as we all know too well, pageants can be very unpredictable'
The discovery adds to a growing body of evidence that cave painting did not emerge only in Europe, as was once thought
WWF's 'Living Planet' reports says that from 1970 to 2014, 60% of all animals with a backbone were wiped out by human activity
Here's context and a fact-check on President Duterte's orders, accomplishments, and attacks on critics during his 3rd State of the Nation Address
'People tend to come together to comfort each other, to affirm each other, and give each other hope. This is a simple practice of empathy. To many of us, it is called solidarity.'
Analysts give President Rodrigo Duterte's SONA plus points for clarity on his marching orders and mention of gut issues but say it lacked his usual charisma and humor
O ano, mga ka-DDS? Itaas ang ating mga kamao at pagsalpukin para kay Tatay Digong, ama ng bayan! Siya ang tutupad ng pangarap nating bagong lipunan!
President Duterte knows very well that the real writing of the constitution will happen in Congress, where his lieutenants will in no way allow him to bid them goodbye midway in his term
In the end, as it has always been before, it will be up to the Filipino people – the real and ultimate sovereign – to intervene and chart our common destiny
No wonder the Consultative Committee has finished its draft constitution two weeks ahead of President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address – it passes to someone else the crucial, dirty, and most difficult job of having a transition plan