Two Elizabeths: The monarchy in a democracy

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 09/11/2022

The first Elizabeth, who died just the other day after a 70-year reign, was, of course, the Queen of the United Kingdom. The second Elizabeth is new British Prime Minister Liz Truss, whose full name is Mary…

Online scams and the elderly

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 09/04/2022

We who were born in the age of passbooks and real bank tellers will never feel at home in the world of digital banking and automated teller machines (ATMs). This is not a Luddite resistance to all…

Education and the state of the Filipino family

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 08/14/2022

I went to a public elementary school in Pampanga in the 1950s. As I recall, the language that all my early grade teachers used was Kapampangan. My classmates and I learned how to read and write in…

A Marcos government and the pink movement

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 05/15/2022

Around noon on June 30, a new government headed by Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will be inaugurated. At about the same time, a new movement that took shape in the final leg of Vice President Leni Robredo’s 2022…

President Duterte’s swan song

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 04/03/2022

Last Thursday, March 31, President Duterte visited Cebu, and gave two speeches. One was before a meeting of the National and Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-RTF-Elcac). The other was at the grand…

Prolonged grief as a mental disorder

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 03/20/2022

It is my late wife’s birthday as I write this. Karina would have turned 76. I woke up early, so I could visit her grave, bring her flowers, and light a candle. I do this quite often,…

Ukraine through Filipino eyes

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 02/27/2022

In trying to understand momentous political events like the current crisis in Ukraine, it is always good to bear in mind that the situation on the ground and the perspective of ordinary people tend to be far…

What happened to Edsa?

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 02/20/2022

It will be 36 years this week since the Edsa people power revolution broke the Marcos dictatorship’s stranglehold on the Filipino nation. Many felt justified in calling it a miracle because it happened swiftly, and just when…

The origins of today’s political dynasties

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 02/13/2022

Sociologists who study modern society like to predict that the family — that realm of interpersonal intimacy — will have a diminishing role in the determination of an individual’s life. As societal functions become differentiated, they expect…

Living, loving, and letting go

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 01/02/2022

At the start of a new year, toward the end of your life, and in the midst of a pandemic, it is difficult not to feel anxious about time. You realize that life is absurdly short relative…

The new gatekeepers of information

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 12/12/2021

Every morning, as I begin my day with a cup of coffee, I take a quick glance at the three freshly-delivered newspapers on the dining table. Scanning the headlines, I always wonder how editors decide which news…

Charisma and Rodrigo Duterte

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 11/28/2021

President Duterte may go down in our nation’s history as one whose presidency was marked by the grandest promises and the most glaring failures. Yet, opinion surveys suggest that he may end his term with the highest…

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