Jose Rizal didn’t die for this

Darwin Pesco - @inquirerdotnet 05/13/2022

We just had another Election Day. Every three years, we always hear worn-out messages like “every vote counts.” But does it really though? My longtime friend thinks otherwise. He has this unwavering stance that voting is a…

Karla Estrada: ’In my family, we strongly believe in democracy’

Micah Sophia C. Marcellones 03/11/2022

CEBU, Philippines — Karla Estrada took to social media to share the practice of democracy in her family. “In my family, we strongly believe in democracy,” TV-host and actress Estrada wrote in the family photo she posted…

The power of choice

Jose Ma. Montelibano - @inquirerdotnet 02/18/2022

If people have different choices and are free to choose whatever or whoever they prefer, there is freedom. If people have different choices but are not free to express and go after their preference, there is limited…

The great contradiction

Jose Ma. Montelibano - @inquirerdotnet 02/04/2022

Most of us keep reading experts from all major fields of life who wisely say that we, the people, are the answer to our own problems. I cannot say that they are wrong, especially because we are…

The poverty of our democracy

Segundo Eclar Romero - @inquirerdotnet 11/12/2021

Fernando Poe Jr. was known for the saying, “kapag puno na ang salop, kakalusin na” (When the rice measuring container is full, it’s time to strip off the excess). The rice example is meant to signify a…

Duterte ‘okay’ with persons refusing vaccination: ‘This is a democracy’

Inquirer.net 08/17/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte appears to have changed his tune, now saying he’s “okay” with persons refusing vaccination against COVID-19, the Philippines being a democracy. “You who don’t want to get vaccinated, it’s okay with…

Rule of the minority

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 08/04/2021

  A fundamental difference between the democracy we had prior to martial law, and the democracy restored after the fall of the dictatorship, is that the rule of the majority was replaced with the rule of the…

Comparing democratic institutions — US vs PH

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 01/09/2021

Make no mistake, Reader. Democracy has been under vicious assault in the United States since before November. Last Wednesday’s mob march on the US Capitol was just the latest, egged on by the prime instigator, in a…

Gwen on ‘tuob’ critics: It is still a democracy

Rosalie O. Abatayo 06/25/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said the country was still a democracy and people should have the choice whether or not they would practice “tuob,” the traditional health regimen that she had endorsed to…

Crimes vs humanity? Democracy ‘robust’ under Duterte, says Palace

Julie M. Aurelio 01/17/2020

President Duterte has not retaliated against those responsible for “vilifying” him in the International Criminal Court (ICC), which shows to the world that the Philippines had a “robust democracy” despite complaints that the nation’s leader had committed…

Public urged on Rizal Day: Honor heroes by upholding democracy

Rosalie Abatayo 12/30/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — “Do your part in nation-building and in upholding democracy.” This was the message of Dr. Jocelyn Gerra, commissioner of Cebu City’s Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (CHAC), as the city commemorated on Monday…

Labella vows to stay impartial amidst internal issues in city hall, party

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 11/29/2019

TALISAY CITY, Cebu, Philippines—Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella said he will remain impartial as issues on sexual harassment in the City Hall is being investigated and as his own party mates in Barug PDP-Laban are engaged in…

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