He to the loo, she to the gold

Ma. Ceres P. Doyo - @inquirerdotnet 07/29/2021

Almost at the same time that Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz was preparing to lift the 224-kg weight that would win for the Philippines our first ever Olympic gold on July 26 in Tokyo, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte…

The long goodbye

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 07/28/2021

The State of the Nation Address (Sona), besides being a requirement, is supposed to achieve two things. It’s supposed to highlight what the administration has done over the past year, and justify the money the President will…

KUWENTONG KULE: Let’s celebrate activism

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 07/27/2021

  An avatar called “Tumindig” recently became viral with the message that one must stand up for what he  believes in and fight. The digital drawing posted last July 17 by satirical cartoonist Tarantadong Kalbo centered on a standing fist person…

Women: The bigger victims

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 07/27/2021

There is now solid evidence that the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have fallen more heavily on women. In a recent policy brief, the International Labour Organization reported that women’s jobs worldwide fell by 4.2 percent…

Grading Duterte (1)

Rufa Cagoco-Guiam - @inquirerdotnet 07/26/2021

General Santos City—It is that time of the year again when the country’s president delivers the State of the Nation Address (Sona). This is President Duterte’s last Sona, which means that this is his culminating activity, or…

Behind the durability of institutions

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 07/25/2021

Administrations — or governments, as they are called in Europe — may come and go, but even the worst of them do not leave lasting damage on society if the institutions are strong. Institutions are the formed…

Beyond survival

Ramon R. del Rosario Jr. - @inquirerdotnet 07/24/2021

In this pandemic, going beyond survival is a call to look to more than just recovery and use these extraordinary times to build a more just and equitable, resilient and sustainable economy and country. Let me first…

Waiting for the wind

Segundo Eclar Romero - @inquirerdotnet 07/23/2021

Last Tuesday night, I watched Christian Esguerra’s “One on One with Vice President Robredo” (After the Fact, ANC). The discussion revolved around VP Leni’s dilemma about running for president in 2022. My take was, she realized that…

Our vanishing ‘galunggong’

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 07/22/2021

Two months ago, I had a Zoom meeting with fisherfolk from Zambales who complained that their fish catch had been dwindling because huge Chinese trawlers have been scooping the fish in their traditional fishing grounds in the…

Adobo: A process, not a destination

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 07/21/2021

My Philippine history course begins with two central pages from Marcel Proust’s kilometric novel, “À la recherche du temps perdu” (In search of lost time). A madeleine on the tip of Proust’s tongue triggered the memory of…

Isko vs Sara: The battle of mayors

Richard Heydarian - @inquirerdotnet 07/20/2021

“A fiction, believed in even though you know it is a fiction, can be validated only by sheer will,” wrote Harold Bloom. The literary critic, arguably the greatest of his generation, had no less than Don Quixote…

Seafarer’s hazardous life on board car carriers

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 07/20/2021

While consumers enjoy driving their cars, transporting automobiles as cargoes on board vessels can have a toll to a seafarer’s health. Most seafarers live and work under extremely hazardous conditions that can cause serious short-term and long-term…

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