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…

Panelo: Martial law a tool to save democracy

Julie M. Aurelio - @inquirerdotnet 09/23/2019

MANILA, Philippines — The declaration of martial law is not necessarily antidemocratic, but “the very tool to save the exercise of democracy,” President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesperson said in a statement on the eve of the actual enforcement…

PPI at 55: Building better communities

PR 07/02/2019

This year marks the 55th anniversary of the Philippine Press Institute (PPI), also known as the national association of newspapers. This milestone serves as a testament to the enduring two-pronged vision of PPI: 1) To defend press…

Students’ group calls on Cebu city gov’t to secure city’s streets following coffee shop shooting

Rosalie O. Abatayo 04/11/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A students’ group of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) has called on the Cebu city government to strengthen efforts in securing the city’s streets following the pre-dawn shooting in a coffee shop…

Trump, Russia and China media attacks ‘threaten democracy’

AFP 04/25/2018

Press freedom around the world is under threat from a triple whammy of US President Donald Trump, Russia and China’s bid to crush all dissent, a watchdog said Wednesday. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned that a “climate…

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