View from ‘ano raw?’ republic

Ma. Ceres P. Doyo - @inquirerdotnet 09/16/2021

Today marks the reclassification, reconfiguration, recalibration, regranulation, and other -ations of the COVID-19’s threat to our lives and livelihoods and how we should go on with our woebegone existence. Here’s how it looks on the ground to…

Politics and scandal

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 09/15/2021

Politicians live in glass houses. When one of them starts to throw stones, as the President has been doing to distract the public from the current Senate blue ribbon committee investigation into the acquisition of overpriced medical…

KUWENTONG PEYUPS: Lean Alejandro and UP student activism

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 09/15/2021

“The struggle for freedom is the next best thing to actually being free,” said the late UP student leader Leandro Alejandro. Popularly known as Lean, he was a student leader and later a key figure in the…

Pathetic laggard

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 09/14/2021

I had known for years how we’ve lagged behind our comparable Asean neighbors in export earnings and foreign direct investments, but didn’t realize how bad it has become until I examined the latest data. Consider these numbers…

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…

Scale down on testing, scale up on vaccines

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 09/13/2021

The strategy being pursued by the government to stop the spread of COVID-19 is failing. It’s resulting in a waste of public funds, with little hope of slowing down the pandemic. Everyone is quarreling about the correct…

Courage is a verb

Ed Garcia - @inquirerdotnet 09/12/2021

When dread descended upon our land as martial law was declared one September night nearly half a century ago, it unleashed harsh retribution on those who dared dissent or who raised their voices against the Marcos dictatorship.…

Those other days of September

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 09/12/2021

Before Sept. 11 was abbreviated to “9/11,” to refer to the coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the al-Qaida terror group against the United States of America in 2001, the date had been associated in the Philippines with…

Can vaccination be required?

Geronimo L. Sy - @inquirerdotnet 09/11/2021

It is not known to many, but there is actually a law in the country that makes vaccination compulsory. Republic Act No. 10152, passed in 2011, is “An Act providing for Mandatory Basic Immunization for Infants and…

Why pick on OCTA?

Segundo Eclar Romero - @inquirerdotnet 09/10/2021

The House committee on good government and public accountability acts like a modern-day Inquisition in pillorying OCTA Research on suspicion of tending to create public panic, conflict of interest, occult funding, lack of qualification, and loquaciousness. Committee…

‘Buking’

Ma. Ceres P. Doyo - @inquirerdotnet 09/09/2021

The word “nabuking” (which means one was discovered to have committed a misdeed or done something on the sly) comes from the Filipino root word “buking,” a latter-day derivation from “buko” (accent on the second syllable). Therefore,…

Highest price quotation wins

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 09/09/2021

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque stated last Sept. 2, 2021, that “among all the price quotes that we got, it (Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp.) had the lowest.” Roque explained: “There were other formal proposals gathered by the DBM (Department…

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