Justice for Dr. Raul Andutan

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 12/10/2021

Amid a pandemic that has claimed the lives of many health professionals in our country, even as the same pandemic has made us realize the value of every single one of them, the brazen killing of Dr.…

Cleanliness as form rather than substance

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 12/03/2021

The problem with many of the people who are in power in our country today is that they see cleanliness as a matter of form rather than substance. Amid environmental crises that require meaningful and urgent action,…

The unbearable lockdown of Filipino children

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 11/19/2021

We’re approaching the two-year mark of the pandemic, and one thing now very clear is that how people experience it depends on one’s position in life: one’s occupation, country of residence, socioeconomic status, age, and gender. Thus,…

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…

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