Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 20, 2018
    Inquirer |Opinion7 hours ago
  • Whose foreign secretary?
    To hear Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano talk about Philippine-Chinese relations is to hear the whiny sound of surrender and subservience. The post Whose foreign secretary? appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion7 hours ago
  • ‘Ikaw, madre’
    Add another woman to the President’s growing “hate list.� The post ‘Ikaw, madre’ appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion7 hours ago
  • Government as growth driver
    In recent talks on the economy, I’ve made the observation that government spending was a key growth driver last year, and will continue to be in the years ahead. The post Government as growth driver appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion7 hours ago
  • What’s in a name?
    Government agencies must keep themselves in the public eye to justify their existence to taxpayers. The post What’s in a name? appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion7 hours ago
  • The loneliness epidemic
    I know few blissful marriages in the family. The post The loneliness epidemic appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion7 hours ago
  • Comfort care
    Last Sunday the family of Barbara Bush, a former US first lady (to George H. W. Bush) and first mother (to George W. Bush), announced that she “has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care.â€� The post Comfort care appeared first on Inquirer… ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion7 hours ago
  • Black marks on the law profession
    In the wake of the concerted efforts to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno from office, some events in recent days have tarnished the esteem that justices of the Supreme Court and the law profession enjoy in our society. The post Black marks on the law profession appeared first on… ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion7 hours ago
  • Royal treatment
    In light of the presence of the Chinese in the West Philippine Sea, the “royal treatmentâ€� accorded President Duterte during his recent visit to China brings to mind Francisco Balagtas’ “Florante at Lauraâ€� that I learned in high school: “Kung ang isalubong sa iyong pagdating ay masayang mukha’t may pakitang… ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion7 hours ago
  • ‘Friend to everybody’
    This is regarding the Inquirer’s headline, “China military planes land on PH reef� (4/18/18) . The post ‘Friend to everybody’ appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion7 hours ago
  • DTI supports ending of ‘endo’
    Thank you for carrying our views on the need to keep legitimate contractualization. The post DTI supports ending of ‘endo’ appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion7 hours ago
  • Limit nonworking holidays
    An economically challenged country like the Philippines has more nonworking holidays (NWHs) than other countries. Holidays amplify the suffering not only of factories that need to pay their employees double, but more so for people in no-work, no-pay jobs. The post Limit nonworking holidays appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion7 hours ago
  • The pendulum swings
    There has been so much controversy about Facebook, about fake news, and about the unauthorized use of personal data. The post The pendulum swings appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion12 hours ago
  • Non-partisan Comelec
    For those eyeing to run for barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on May 14, you have until office hours today to file your individual certificates of candidacy at the offices of the Commission on Elections all around the country. ... more
    Philstar |Opinion13 hours ago
  • Will Manila protest military planes?
    In landing air force transport planes on Panganiban Reef, Beijing lied to the world about not militarizing its artificial islands in the South China Sea. It reneged on promises to Manila of non-provocative acts. ... more
    Philstar |Opinion13 hours ago
  • ‘Lolos’ – good and bad
    Like a blast from the past, I received a call from my friend Jun, a road safety expert, and I automatically assumed we would be talking about cars, traffic, or road safety. ... more
    Philstar |Opinion13 hours ago
  • Losing friends
    Why did they push him to run, President Duterte wanted to know, and then engage in corruption after he recruited them to his government? ... more
    Philstar |Opinion13 hours ago
  • EDITORIAL – Stealing from scholars
    It’s the summer break, and many high school graduates are pondering the careers they hope to pursue. A college degree can be expensive. ... more
    Philstar |Opinion13 hours ago
  • For the common good
    Obviously, the diehard supporters and staunch defenders of incumbent President Duterte are relying more on social media to convey their message of admiration and praise for their idol. ... more
    Philstar |Opinion13 hours ago
  • Editorial cartoon, April 19, 2018
    Inquirer |Opinion1 day ago
  • Spike in measles
    Over 700 cases of measles have been recorded by the Department of Health in the first three months of 2018, more than double the 300 reported cases in the same period last year. The post Spike in measles appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion1 day ago
  • Propoor nun, ‘nasampolan’
    A 71-year-old Australian Catholic missionary nun who has been working with marginalized Filipinos for more than 27 years is the latest person of interest in the Duterte administration’s crackdown on what it perceives as openly prohuman rights, propoor, and therefore not to its liking. The post Propoor nun, ‘nasampolan’ appeared… ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion1 day ago
  • I know why Filipinos sing
    “Why do Filipinos love singing so much?� my Dutch colleague Janus Oomen asked me after he and his daughter backpacked around the country. The post I know why Filipinos sing appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion1 day ago
  • Faster infrastructure
    The best news to come out of Malacañang late in January was that the President doesn’t like the cheapest price. The post Faster infrastructure appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion1 day ago
  • To save women, newborns during childbirth
    Tennis star Serena Williams’ harrowing story of life-threatening complications after her daughter’s birth reminds us that childbirth is potentially deadly for any woman or newborn. The post To save women, newborns during childbirth appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion1 day ago
  • Road warrior
    “The sun is coming up!� my father shouts in between breaths. The post Road warrior appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion1 day ago
  • ‘Quid est veritas’: truth and its consequences
    Many solutions to fake news have been proposed. An obvious one is hardly mentioned. The post ‘Quid est veritas’: truth and its consequences appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion1 day ago
  • Jumping to conclusions
    The letter of Angeli O. Marconi (“Rubbish talk,� 4/17/18) shows she excels in the exercise of jumping to conclusions. The post Jumping to conclusions appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion1 day ago
  • ‘Don’t let us down’
    Dear Mocha Uson, We, the youth, believe that you have the duty to use your government position as a platform to be a good example to Filipino citizens. As assistant secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, you have the ability to influence society through your words and actions. Politicians… ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion1 day ago
  • ‘Don’t let us down’
    Dear Mocha Uson, We, the youth, believe that you have the duty to use your government position as a platform to be a good example to Filipino citizens. As assistant secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, you have the ability to influence society through your words and actions. Politicians… ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion1 day ago
  • Palawan is a safe place for tourists
    For Palaweños, the pronouncement of presidential spokesperson Harry Roque that  the province of Palawan is one of the problematic areas when it comes to terrorism is quite alarming.  The post Palawan is a safe place for tourists appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion1 day ago
  • Peaceful paradise, not ‘problem area’
    I am a Canadian married to a Filipino and I have been living here in Palawan for six years. I was so mesmerized by the natural beauty of Palawan and overwhelmed by the hospitality of Palaweños. My beloved wife and I then decided to settle here. The post Peaceful paradise,… ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion1 day ago
  • Wanted: SC that’s truly independent
    WE invite Supreme Court justices to note the case of James Dimaya, a Filipino immigrant whose deportation from the United States was effectively stopped Monday by a 5-4 vote of the US federal Supreme Court. ... more
    Philstar |Opinion2 days ago
  • VP Leni’s apology
    I first saw that controversial photo of Vice President Leni Robredo and officials of the Liberal Party sitting on tomb-like monuments at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany, which I learned was posted by Rep. Teddy Baguilat on Facebook. ... more
    Philstar |Opinion2 days ago
  • Endo
    As we near Labor Day, expect the unions to step up street actions clamoring for an unrealistic policy on contractual labor. ... more
    Philstar |Opinion2 days ago
  • Controlling technology
    The term “technology titans� refers to a handful of technology-based companies that have become so dominant that they are being accused of being BAADD – big, anti-competitive, addictive and destructive to democracy. ... more
    Philstar |Opinion2 days ago
  • Oral arguments
    I’m not a lawyer, but there are issues involving legal matters that interest me, as, I am sure, others too. ... more
    Philstar |Opinion2 days ago
  • Advancing security and prosperity in ASEAN
    It was great to be back in Sydney recently for the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit – the first time Australia has hosted ASEAN leaders in Australia. ... more
    Philstar |Opinion2 days ago
  • EDITORIAL – Breaking up a monopoly
    Disruptive enterprises and technologies usually operate as monopolies until someone catches up and poses competition. ... more
    Philstar |Opinion2 days ago
  • Editorial cartoon, April 18, 2018
    Inquirer |Opinion2 days ago
  • Facebook and democracy
    Mark Zuckerberg was a Silicon Valley success story before he became a symbol of the surveillance society he helped create; he was late capitalism’s dream come true, until he became democracy’s recurring nightmare. The post Facebook and democracy appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion2 days ago
  • Inclusive tourism
    The government’s pending temporary closure of Boracay, I prefer the term “intensive care,� and threats of similar action for other popular local tourist destinations, has only emphasized the need for better long-term planning in tourism. The post Inclusive tourism appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion2 days ago
  • Finding art like needle in haystack
    Art in the Park began in 2006 as a venue to present Philippine contemporary art to a wider public in a neutral space. Salcedo Park in Makati, more popularly known for its Saturday market, is not threatening like a museum with its white walls, halogen lamps, security and signs not… ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion2 days ago
  • Fragile as glass, strong as iron
    “It’s like living with a body made of glass,� declares John Francis Sarmenta, an advocate with the Hemophilia Association of the Philippines for Love and Service (Haplos) Foundation and himself a hemophiliac. The post Fragile as glass, strong as iron appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion2 days ago
  • Pasha presidency
    On Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol capped his victory over Secretary to the Cabinet Leoncio Evasco Jr. by releasing photos of a Monday night Cabinet meeting in which the media was pointedly informed that Evasco did not attend. Some reports said that in the meeting, agencies previously under the Department… ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion2 days ago
  • Medicine and miracles
    When you are seriously sick, and the chances of a cure look dim, would you seek a ray of hope and pray for miraculous healing? The post Medicine and miracles appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion2 days ago
  • Joint oil exploration a pipe dream?
    Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano’s exuberant announcement that President Duterte and China’s President Xi Jinping had approved a joint oil exploration venture in the South China Sea could turn out to be a pipe dream and could give the Filipino people false hopes. The post Joint oil exploration a pipe… ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion2 days ago
  • Address root causes of NFA rice shortage
    Rice price hike is still an alarming issue and despite calls from various concerned groups advocating for food security and safe and affordable quality rice for all, the government is still doing nothing to stop it. The post Address root causes of NFA rice shortage appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion2 days ago
  • Gov’t should facilitate small farming
    The letters of Sarryna Gesite (“Stop the vicious cycle of farmer poverty�) and Edwin Paraluman (“Deprivation of benefits�), both published last April 9, resonated deeply with me. The post Gov’t should facilitate small farming appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion2 days ago
  • A matter of national shame
    This refers to the editorial, “Caged life� (4/15/18). The post A matter of national shame appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
    Inquirer |Opinion2 days ago
  • Espinoza: Dino formally blocks the BRT project
    PERHAPS, this would be the first in our country: an impeachable official removed from office through a petition for quo warranto filed before the Supreme Court instead of being impeached. ... more
    Sunstar |Opinion3 days ago
  • Corroded
    The Department of Justice, according to its new chief, has been “corroded� and suffers from an image problem. Corrosion is usually associated with slow destruction by a powerful agent such as acid, with the damage irreversible. ... more
    Philstar |Opinion3 days ago
  • EDITORIAL – Symbiotic relationship
    As of yesterday, a second draft of the executive order on job contractualization awaited the signature of President Duterte. This is a good indication that the measure is being subjected to careful deliberation. ... more
    Philstar |Opinion3 days ago
  • Senseless and protracted
    Under Article 36 of the Family Code, a marriage contracted by any party who, at the time of the celebration, was psychologically incapacitated to comply with the essential obligations of marriage may be declared void from the beginning even if such incapacity becomes manifests only after its solemnization. ... more
    Philstar |Opinion3 days ago
  • Sinister plot
    In our digital world today machines are configured to predict the intentions of a user through patterns of their choices. ... more
    Philstar |Opinion3 days ago
  • Shuffling NFA Council won’t solve rice loss
    Secretary to the Cabinet Leoncio Evasco was removed Monday as National Food Authority chairman. He had just reported to President Rodrigo Duterte corruption at the NFA. ... more
    Philstar |Opinion3 days ago
  • ‘Time first’
    Before we learned the rule of calling a “Time Out,� most of us used to yell “Time First� in order to reset a game, make a clarification, or simply to catch our breath. ... more
    Philstar |Opinion3 days ago
  • Editorial: Not sovereignty, but weakness
    IN the last four days, immigration officials intercepted two foreigners for what they described as illegal political activities. ... more
    Sunstar |Opinion3 days ago
  • Carvajal: Can but don’t
    YOU only do what you can. But it does not follow that because you know the good that you can do… that you actually do it. As St. Augustine of Hippo famously said, “I know the good I should do but I often find myself doing the bad I know… ... more
    Sunstar |Opinion3 days ago
  • Nalzaro: Has LRT project passed RDC scrutiny?
    ACCORDING to a press release, a proposed Light Rail Transit (LRT) project will be implemented starting next year in two phases. The first phase will cover the Metro Cebu stretch from Carcar City in the south to Danao City in the north and comprises two lines, the central line… ... more
    Sunstar |Opinion3 days ago
  • Wenceslao: Evasco eased out
    I DON’T think fans of Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco in Cebu like this development. President Rodrigo Duterte has eased out Evasco from the National Food Authority (NFA) Council. That means that in the power struggle between Evasco on one side and NFA Administrator Jason Aquino and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol… ... more
    Sunstar |Opinion3 days ago
  • Tell it to SunStar: God save the constitution
    CHIEF Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces a double-barrel, two-pronged attack. Sometime last year, a certain Atty. Larry Gadon filed a verified complaint with the House of Representatives, charging the chief justice with improprieties and violation of the Internal Rules of the Supreme Court, based on hearsay evidence. ... more
    Sunstar |Opinion3 days ago
  • Tell it to SunStar: Arrest of Notre Dame de Sion nun
    WE condemn the Bureau of Immigration’s arrest and detention of Sr. Patricia Fox, NDS, without due process and respect for her fundamental rights and rights as a Church person. Sr. Pat belongs to the religious congregation of the Notre Dame de Sion. Her congregation sent her here as a missionary… ... more
    Sunstar |Opinion3 days ago
  • Lidasan: AB Islamic Studies, a victim of fake news
    IN APRIL 9, 2018, the AB Islamic Studies of the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) became a victim of “fake newsâ€� that was circulated on social media. The said fake news attacked the program as a course in the university that promotes a single type of Islamic School of thought.… ... more
    Sunstar |Opinion3 days ago
  • Velez: Ways to peace
    HOW does one achieve peace with the Reds? President Duterte has once again opened the window for "one last chance" in 60 days for his peace panel to work out with the National Democratic Front to resume the talks. But Davao City Mayor Inday Sara, daughter of the President, thinks… ... more
    Sunstar |Opinion3 days ago
  • Catajan: The wisdom of the taxi driver
    IT IS said that if you want to know the pulse of the people, listen to taxi drivers. I was riding a calibrated taxi cab and hoping against hope it would not reach monstrous proportions like the horror stories I have heard the past weeks. The taxi driver… ... more
    Sunstar |Opinion3 days ago
  • Gacad: Plogging
    ACCORDING to Alisa Wolfson, Sweden is responsible for bringing the world some of its most popular apps, brands and gadgets. From Skype and Spotify to Ikea and H&M - the Swedes are known for their catchy concepts - the latest of which is a fitness trend known as Plogging. Picking… ... more
    Sunstar |Opinion3 days ago
  • Marvil: Voluntary drug test for aspiring candidates
    DURING the regular session of the City Council last Monday, the legislative body has approved a resolution introduced by Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr. encouraging all candidates for Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and barangay elections in the City of Baguio to take a step forward and volunteer to undertake drug testing. ... more
    Sunstar |Opinion3 days ago
  • Canlas: May 14: Another national liberation?
    AT LAST, there will be no third postponement of the long-delayed barangay elections. It is now certain that it will be held this coming May 14. But unlike the previous ones, this coming grass-root exercise of suffrage is being staged under an administration with political will to utilize the vast… ... more
    Sunstar |Opinion3 days ago
  • Garcia: Aliwang Panakit king Pamikaluguran (A different view...
    “AT ING kayanakan sinabi na, ‘Magsalita ka kekami dikil king pamikaluguran.’ Ing kakaluguran mu ya pin in pamangaylangan mung mipakibatan. Ya ing kekang dayat a nung nu ka mangasik lugud at papalut king pamipasalamat. At ya ing kekang dulang at pidapugan. Uling daratang ka kaya king danup mu, at… ... more
    Sunstar |Opinion3 days ago
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