The cry of press freedom

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 09/20/2021

Many have already written about Toni Gonzaga’s interview with Bongbong Marcos, a piece of historical whitewashing in the guise of banal conversation. Prominent figures have come to the defense of Gonzaga’s freedom to interview whoever she wants…

Positive things

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 09/13/2021

We all saw it. The way Harry Roque, serving as the official mouthpiece of the President, berated health workers in a video clip from a pandemic task force meeting. Roque’s reaction to his physician consultants’ statements was…

Listen to their protests

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 09/06/2021

Readers of this column must grow weary of how often it is used to speak about the plight of health care workers (HCWs). However, these are not issues that I, as a health care worker with a…

Greener pastures

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 08/30/2021

  “Have you guys ever thought of just leaving?” A med school classmate asks. The question has been weighing on his mind. He is a young physician with a child. He is tired, both of the physical…

Lessons in physician accountability

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 08/23/2021

This week, we saw the highest health official in the nation wail about the Department of Health (DOH) being flagged by the Commission on Audit. For myself and my own colleagues in different corners of the health…

A legacy of bad communication

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 08/16/2021

There is a certain dark amusement to be had in watching how the public reacted to Harry Roque’s recent statement that the President is the nation’s “best communicator.” On the one hand, I watched speechwriters, news anchors,…

Big words

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 07/05/2021

“No one will live in a squatter (area) especially in Metro Manila.” “I will eradicate corruption in government offices.” These lofty promises sound awfully familiar. They were spoken not by our incumbent President but by Sen. Manny…

More information, not less

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 05/24/2021

Last week, this column mentioned “senseless interventions” against COVID-19 that we embrace despite a lack of scientific basis. This week we were treated to yet another quickly formulated, not entirely sound strategy: the “brand agnostic policy.” Under…

The 37K debate

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 05/03/2021

There has recently been a lot of talk about what constitutes a decent living wage. This is after a Twitter post about a graduate of Ateneo de Manila University who was offered P37,000 as starting salary, but…

On community pantries

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 04/19/2021

Community pantries were all the talk across social media this week, with the Maginhawa Community Pantry being the first to generate media buzz. A community pantry is a service that provides food directly to locals suffering from…

Not for women

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 01/18/2021

Last week, President Duterte regaled us with yet more of his thoughts on women. His proclamation that the presidency was not suited for women because of the latter’s “emotional set-up” was the latest in a string of…

A post-pandemic to-do list

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 01/04/2021

The New York Times made a survey of more than 800 readers, asking them about the first things they’ll want to do after the pandemic ends. The responses were relatable, sweet, and wistful, a snapshot of diverse…

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