Dark night of martial law

Philippine Daily Inquirer 09/21/2020

Filipinos of a certain age make it a ceremony to remember Sept. 21, 1972, for the imposition of martial law, which the dictator Ferdinand Marcos formally announced two days later. Far from being a tedious chore, the…

Marcos and Duterte

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 09/20/2020

This coming week, we recall Marcos’ declaration of martial law 48 years ago, an event that significantly altered the course of Philippine politics. It may seem pointless to warn the younger generation of the virus of authoritarianism—since…

Fact: The gov’t has done a lousy job

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 09/19/2020

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) just came out with growth forecasts for the region as well as member countries. Developing Asia is to contract by 0.7 percent this year, and Developing Asia without the newly industrialized economies…

Supporting students’ mental health

Hyacinth Tagupa - @inquirerdotnet 09/18/2020

(Note: This piece discusses matters around suicide, which may be a sensitive subject for some readers.) When our schools began to transition to “blended” learning, with much of the instruction done online, most of our concerns were…

China’s backdoors in PH military camps

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 09/17/2020

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced last Sept. 8 that he had finally approved the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Dito Telecommunity Corp. (Dito), allowing Dito to “co-locate” its communications…

Connected learning

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 09/16/2020

Many academic institutions, mostly private, have started online classes, and as expected, we’re seeing a lot of “hiccoughs” related to the opening. Last week I wrote about the blood, sweat, and tears surrounding faculty preparation of the…

Who lost their jobs?

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 09/15/2020

  After the deep decline in jobs last April that brought our unemployment rate to a record 17.7 percent and the number of jobless workers to 7.3 million, the July jobs data gave a bit of a…

The search for the missing seafarers of GULF LIVESTOCK 1

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 09/15/2020

  “Hana ni ta magawid ayu nga mapmaphod tapnu muntitiggawan tuu.” It is the Ifugao translation of “We hope you come home safe so we could see each other again”, a message  that my friend  Maya Addug-Sanchez…

Use papaya whitening soap on Manila Bay

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 09/14/2020

I have a stinking suspicion that the government officials who planned and implemented the dumping of “white sand” along Manila Bay are people who are addicted to papaya skin whitening soap and glutathione skin lightening pills. They…

Modernity and its enemies

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 09/13/2020

In those crucial days in mid-December last year — when the first cases of the novel coronavirus began appearing in Wuhan, China — the protocol followed by the hospital authorities required them to immediately report the matter…

Where is transparency in gov’t metrics?

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 09/12/2020

As I reported to you earlier, Reader, the Philippine Development Plan 2017-22, whose priorities admittedly (by President Duterte himself in its foreword) were guided by his 0+10 point Socio-Economic Agenda, has an accompanying Results Matrix. The Philippine…

The ‘budol-budol’ nation

Segundo Eclar Romero - @inquirerdotnet 09/11/2020

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced this week that he has allowed Dito Telecommunity to establish cell towers inside Philippine military bases. Dito Communications is 40-percent owned by China Telecom, a state-run company of China. Lorenzana says Dito…

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