Edsa: 35 years later

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 02/21/2021

This coming week, the nation marks the 35th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution that overthrew the Marcos dictatorship and installed Cory Aquino to the presidency. This dramatic political event led to the writing of a…

A populist revolt in the stock market

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 01/31/2021

It has been a crazy week in Wall Street, where the entire financial services industry of the United States, including the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq, is located. The place has become the epicenter of a…

At stake is UP’s autonomy

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 01/24/2021

It’s difficult to say what exactly defense chief Delfin Lorenzana and his strategists at the Department of National Defense intend to do, following the DND’s unilateral termination of a 1989 agreement that binds the military and the…

Americans who follow Donald Trump

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 01/10/2021

Political observers who take more than a passing interest in American politics typically do so for the purpose of knowing how US democratic institutions function to get the nation through its most difficult political crises. This is…

The lost year

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 01/03/2021

2020 was the year the world came to a halt. It may as well be stricken off the calendar, the way the number “13” is omitted from elevator panels. It was the year a threat we could…

‘What keeps you going?’

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 12/27/2020

The eldest of my granddaughters, Julia, whose early childhood exploits filled quite a few of my columns many years ago, surprised me with a question over lunch the other day. “Lolo, what keeps you going?” I was…

Whatever gets us through Christmas

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 12/20/2020

The title of this column is inspired by John Lennon’s 1974 No. 1 single “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night.” I have learned that he himself picked up this line from a black televangelist, Reverend Ike, who,…

Regulating privatized expressways

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 12/13/2020

Built in the late ’60s, what we today call expressways were originally known as “diversion roads.” They were meant to divert traffic from the national highways that traversed busy town centers. Funded by taxpayer money, the first…

Bonifacio and other heroes

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 11/29/2020

Growing up in the small town of Betis in Pampanga, a village of proud artisans and carpenters, I came to know of the nation’s heroes early in my childhood. Dr. Jose Rizal’s name was not just the…

Five lessons from Typhoon ‘Ulysses’

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 11/15/2020

Considering the frequency, range, and gravity of the natural disasters that visit our country every year, it is hard to imagine any other people that are as resilient (and as positive in disposition) as the Filipino nation.…

American elections through Filipino eyes

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 11/08/2020

Because the Philippine political system has been largely modeled after that of the United States, Filipinos have an abiding interest in knowing how the system is supposed to work. We have always looked to America for lessons…

On life after loss

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 11/01/2020

A few weeks after my wife Karina died in May last year, some friends of ours who had previously conveyed their sympathies, messaged me to ask how I was doing. Though at first I found this expression…

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