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Online classes is the new socioeconomic divide.
Before the lockdowns and the curfews happened, driving at night through barely-lit backroads in rural areas would guarantee running into teenagers huddled by the side of the road or perhaps lounging on the concrete benches of a closed sari-sari store. One could ...
 
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Competency is punished, while incompetency is shown empathy.
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that justice is selective in the Philippines. This is a country notorious for its impunity—a justice system that serves the few instead of the many. This is our normal, and it’s never become more apparent ...
 
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The senator endangered the lives of doctors, nurses, mothers, and babies.
In an official announcement that was released Wednesday night (March 25), Makati Medical Center (MMC) perfectly worded the national rage and disappointment directed at Koko Pimentel for knowingly endangering an entire hospital, going against the very purpose of his job—to protect the ...
 
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The next time you see people defying government orders to stay home, put yourselves in their shoes.
I had one eye on the TV while setting the table for dinner the other day. The early evening newscast was running a story on the plight of commuters insisting on going to work despite the enhanced community quarantine announced in the ...
 
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May we pass this test of humanity.
As the measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 become more draconian, we’re finally realizing that this pandemic will test every factor of our society, from the healthcare system to transportation, and the very humanity of our people.There is no doubt in ...
 
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The choice now is between bad or worse.
After last night's declaration of Code Red Sublevel 2, the government announced that Metro Manila will be placed under a lockdown—that is not really a lockdown at all. They’re calling it “community quarantine,” a less aggressive term that makes it sound like ...
 
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The man had nothing to lose.
The image of hostages held for ransom is strong- almost as strong as our desire for a good story. Early this week, recently fired security guard Alchie Paray shot one person and held 30 more in a San Juan mall. After a ...
 
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For Muslims, this order by the MPD, even if it was recalled quickly, triggers feelings of being discriminated against because of their religion.
Here we go again. Sometimes it feels like bad deja vu. We've seen this before, with a school imposing a policy that bans the wearing of veils by Muslim women, and a town imposing special IDs for Muslims as a counter-terrorism measure. Now ...
 
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Caution over cruelty in the dawn of a potential pandemic.
Who would guess that the face mask would become the great equalizer? In the morning crowds of people making their way to work, the face mask has obscured both faces and identities. It doesn’t matter who you are, how high your pay ...
 
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Face masks seem to be a trend for 2020.
No one told us the face mask was going to be a theme for ushering in 2020. Taal volcano’s ashes still choke a number of heavily affected towns in Batangas, and with many families unable to return yet to their homes, the ...
 
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Does it really take two partners' decision for relationships to fail?
When Gerald Anderson said on January 21 that “…a relationship doesn’t fail just because of one person. It really takes two, because both of you are there,” he triggered a national debate on whether a breakup is a joint undertaking.Thankfully, a little ...
 
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These are questions that keep the evacuees up at night.
It’s been more than a week since 50,000+ people were evacuated from their homes after the Taal Volcano eruption on January 12. The thousands of Batangueno evacuees are now being temporarily housed in schools, courts, and churches across CALABARZON, igniting the bayanihan ...
 
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More alarming is that even politicians and other prominent people have made public their own lack of understanding of even the most elementary scientific facts.
It’s only been a month since the Philippines ranked dead last among 79 countries in reading comprehension and the second lowest in science and mathematics in the findings published by the Programme for International Student Assessment, and already we are seeing firsthand its implications ...
 
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Three simple reasons why World War III won't happen now.
After the assassination of Iran's General Suleimani on January 3, 2020, many feared that it could ignite a conflict that would be big enough to be called World War III. With all the news reports about the saber-rattling of the United States ...
 
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Meanwhile, America's torture aficionados have gone on to cozy careers in journalism and academia and the courts.
One day, if this country ever develops a working conscience again, it will thank people like Mark Denbeaux of the Seton Hall School of Law, and it will thank reporters like Carol Rosenberg, who has been covering the suppurating canker on this ...
 
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As Mindanao grapples with the aftershocks of the Cotabato earthquakes, we need to understand that aid should and must be color-blind.
Of all the things to politicize, a natural disaster that has gravely affected thousands of Filipinos is not one of them. That should be a given for all rational thinking citizens, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.It was a good ...
 
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Farmers are experiencing a crisis today, and it’s important that we understand why.
The Philippines is an agricultural nation. More specifically, it is a semi-feudal, semi-colonial society where power is concentrated in foreign business and landlords. A history of colonialism, Cold War politics, and decades of mismanagement have left us with a country in a ...
 
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Now do it every day.
Everyone probably knows by now about Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s photo opportunity commute from his home in Marikina to Malacañang Palace. Panelo was challenged by activist group Anakbayan to experience the daily struggle of Metro Manila commuters after he claimed that there ...
 
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Let’s be real. We’re pretty damn racist.
A story taught in preschool may mark the beginning of racism in the Philippines.Once upon a time, God shaped man from dough. He baked it in an oven, but when he accidentally burnt it, the dough came out black. This would later ...
 
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It is a comprehensive update that includes protections for all genders, including members of the LGBTQ, and not just limited to men.
There’s buzz around Rizal Representative Fidel Nograles’ House Bill No. 4888, which seeks to amend the landmark Republic Act 9262 or the Violence Against Women and Children Act of 2004. A necessary and arguably somewhat belated bill at the time, Nograles’ amendment ...
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