Campaign for issues, not (just) individuals

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 10/15/2021

Begun, the election season has. Despite a still-raging pandemic, there has been no shortage of daily spectacle, providing (un)welcome distraction from the coronavirus. With so many people running for president, it is hard to keep track of…

For whom do you fight, Manny?

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 09/24/2021

For many years, Manny Pacquiao was a global superstar, one admired by other luminaries from Kobe Bryant to David Beckham as the eight-division boxing champion with a compelling punch and even more compelling life story. For many…

Defending our environmental defenders

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 09/17/2021

On Aug. 23, 2020, Bae Merlin Ansabu Celis, a lumad Manobo leader, was brutally murdered in Magpet, Cotabato. “Four unknown men shot her, slashed her throat, and removed her eyes with a machete,” per one report. Celis…

HCWs are not just ‘human resources’

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 09/03/2021

I find it profoundly disturbing that, amid news of a newly formed company securing billions in contracts for overpriced face masks and face shields, health care workers’ (HCW) pleas for hazard pay and higher salaries continue to…

Not all lockdowns are equal

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 08/27/2021

Over a year and a half since the surreal news of Wuhan, China being quarantined due to the coronavirus outbreak, a common response to COVID-19 continues to be the imposition of a “lockdown,” that is, a set…

Let the children go outdoors

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 04/09/2021

For over a year now, minors—especially young children—have borne the brunt of the Philippines’ draconian quarantine policies. Indeed, since the original “expanded community quarantine” declaration in March 2020, children have been forbidden to go out of their…

The Sinovac conundrum

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 03/05/2021

To be or not to be vaccinated with Sinovac: That is the question health care workers all over the country are facing today. On a personal level, most health care workers believe in vaccination and seek protection…

The rise of ‘LGU citizenship’

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 02/05/2021

It used to be that regardless of where you live in the Philippines, you expected more or less the same policies and services, with only the urban-rural divide making a difference—for instance, in health care. Of course,…

Face shield nation

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 01/29/2021

The COVID-19 pandemic may be global in scope, and the practices it has engendered can be found around the world: mask wearing, social distancing, PCR testing, working from home. Nonetheless, every country has its own unique way…

Vaccine communication advice for PH

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 01/22/2021

Vaccines work. They have saved the lives of billions of people around the world, and today they are our best hope in putting an end to this terrible pandemic. However, as with all major public health campaigns,…

The Philippines is not a poor country

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 01/01/2021

You have people say it over and over again that the Philippines is a poor country, and thus we shouldn’t expect to have the things that richer countries have. Like good health care, such as that of…

For the love of Baguio

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 12/18/2020

Baguio City — I was here just a week before the lockdown and my heart has pined for Baguio ever since, wondering when I can go back. When the Department of Tourism and the City of Baguio…

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