Our education disaster

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 04/06/2021

I had heard since well over a year ago about how our country landed at the very bottom on the global Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) scores, but it’s only recently that I had the chance…

Manila has fallen

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 04/05/2021

I’m referring not just to the old city of Manila, but to the 16 cities of the entire Metro Manila area. From the vantage point of those who are in the provinces like me, the COVID-19 contagion…

Are you an Easter person?

Fr. Jerry M. Orbos SVD - @inquirerdotnet 04/04/2021

The story is told about a young man who cut in at the front of a long line of people waiting for the grocery store to open. An elderly lady beat him with her cane, and told…

Where are the vaccines?

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 04/01/2021

President Duterte railed in September 2020 against Western vaccine manufacturers for requiring vaccine buyers to make advance payments from 30 to 50 percent of the purchase price. The President stated that Philippine law prohibits making advance payments…

Pandemic fog

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 03/31/2021

I feel like we, as a nation, are beginning to behave like a child caught in a dysfunctional, even violent, relationship with elders. Even if we know something’s seriously wrong, we endure our suffering because we’re trapped…

A Filipina’s tale of Mt.Everest, the seven summits and the  Balangay

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/31/2021

Take the risk: “the danger of an adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort,” says writer Paulo Coelho. Philippine Coast Guard’s Carina Dayondon agrees in relation to her journey as the first Filipina to…

Looking beyond the first Mass in Limasawa

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 03/31/2021

The spoiler for today’s commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the first Easter Mass in Limasawa are the advocates who stubbornly insist that it was actually held in Butuan. It seems we are far from closure after…

Dutertismo: The myth of ‘political will’

Richard Heydarian - @inquirerdotnet 03/30/2021

The concept of “political will” is arguably among the most resonant catchphrases in our national discourse. And yet, the concept remains one of the most confounding and abused terms in our political lexicon. Long-time mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s…

Thoughts on a Lenten lockdown

Ramon J. Farolan - @inquirerdotnet 03/29/2021

For many Metro Manilans, Lent has always been a time for leaving the city and heading for the cool mountains in the north, or the beaches in nearby Batangas, or Bohol, and for the affluent, perhaps Hong…

Holy Week walk with the Lord

Fr. Jerry M. Orbos SVD - @inquirerdotnet 03/28/2021

The story is told about an old man who was asked how he remained healthy. “Walking every day,” he said. When asked why his wife is healthy too, he said: “She walks too… to follow me, and…

A green recovery pathway for PH

Khalid Hassan, Selva Ramachandran - @inquirerdotnet 03/27/2021

Over a year has passed since COVID-19 hit, causing job losses and increasing poverty levels in its wake. Sadly, it has impacted people unevenly. A recent United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) survey showed that many households (27…

Looking back 500 years

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 03/26/2021

Following the directive from the National Historical Commission, Lapulapu is now spelled without the hyphen that formerly cut the hero’s name in two. If you go over manuscript copies of Antonio Pigafetta’s account of the Magellan expedition,…

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