What explains Marcos Jr.’s popularity?

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 10/18/2021

A week after our presidential candidates were officially made known, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is emerging as a huge front-runner. If elections were held today, he would become our country’s next president. In the most recent Pulse…

Sara, the game changer

Artemio V. Panganiban - @inquirerdotnet 10/17/2021

On or before Nov. 15, Mayor Sara Duterte will have to decide with finality whether to substitute for Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa as the presidential bet of the ruling PDP-Laban party and/or the Lakas-CMD of former…

The people don’t see press freedom

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 10/16/2021

In its file of survey questions, Social Weather Stations has two items on the state of free speech, as appraised by the Filipino people. The original item, first surveyed in what was Marcos’ final year, is on…

Campaign for issues, not (just) individuals

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 10/15/2021

Begun, the election season has. Despite a still-raging pandemic, there has been no shortage of daily spectacle, providing (un)welcome distraction from the coronavirus. With so many people running for president, it is hard to keep track of…

Disabling the enablers

Ma. Ceres P. Doyo - @inquirerdotnet 10/14/2021

The only thing necessary for evil to thrive is for good men to do nothing”—words from Irish statesman Edmund Burke that have become a universal reminder for those who, for reasons or no reasons of their own,…

Beyond color lines

Anna Cristina Tuazon - @inquirerdotnet 10/13/2021

Filipinos have a vision problem. They only seem to see only two colors at a time. Everything they see and read are filtered through this bi-color lens. They impose a color on a person and even when…

A reflection on political colors

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 10/13/2021

For me, my earliest political memory was the Interim Batasan election of 1978, when the famous noise barrage took place. I was in the hospital, recovering from appendicitis, and I have two fleeting recollections: my father nervously…

Noise and seafarer’s hearing loss

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/12/2021

Losing hearing is a serious medical condition for a seafarer as it impacts his physical and economic well-being. A seafarer’s hearing loss may be caused or aggravated by his working environment like noise entitling him to disability…

Wanted: A unifying president

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 10/12/2021

A festival of campaign colors will soon again be upon us. Yellow, long associated with President Cory Aquino and the Liberal Party that supported her and her son Benigno Simeon III through their presidencies, is unlikely to…

The same thing over and over again

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 10/11/2021

Days after the deadline for filing of candidacy, the atmosphere is more politically charged than ever and social media is filled with presidential candidates and their supporters taking swipes at different camps. Mayor Isko Moreno himself had…

‘Diskarte’ or buffoonery?

Rufa Cagoco-Guiam - @inquirerdotnet 10/11/2021

Last Friday, Oct. 8, was the deadline for the filing of candidacy for elective positions in next year’s polls. And we saw that, indeed, politics in this country is also akin to the entertainment field, where people…

Q&A on substitution of bets

Artemio V. Panganiban - @inquirerdotnet 10/10/2021

My column last Sunday titled “Party substitution extends Oct. 8 deadline” drew a lot of questions which I will now answer. Q1. Substitution tends to cause uncertainty and manipulation of the electoral process. How can we avoid…

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