Never forget the Conjugal Dictatorship

Crispin C. Maslog - @inquirerdotnet 09/19/2021

It is only eight months before the next national elections, and we now see the perennial politicians reminding us of their presence via TV ads and media interviews. One of them is former vice presidential candidate Bongbong…

Biden’s strategic purpose

Segundo Eclar Romero - @inquirerdotnet 08/20/2021

The world is flogging US President Joe Biden for breaking up with Afghanistan on a Post-it note. That the United States was going to leave and pull out all its troops in mid-2021 was already agreed upon…

On 35th Edsa anniversary, Duterte tells Filipinos to protect rights, democratic institutions

Daphne Galvez 02/25/2021

MANILA, Philippines — On the 35th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution, President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, February 25, 2021, called on Filipinos to be vigilant in protecting their rights and the country’s democratic institutions. “As…

When the present reads like the past

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 10/02/2020

History can be depressing when one reads the present like the past. The current squabble over who should be House Speaker is not new. It comes in cycles, often at the start of a new president’s term.…

The Lord giveth and taketh away

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 09/30/2020

Abraham Lincoln, a statesman but also a practical politician, once described the problems of the presidency when it came to patronage in these terms: “Too many piglets, too few teats.” To become Speaker of the House requires…

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…

Lies are not historical revisionism

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 09/09/2020

How will the current Senate vote when the House of Representatives transmits House Bill No. 7137—“AN ACT DECLARING SEPTEMBER 11 OF EVERY YEAR A SPECIAL NONWORKING HOLIDAY IN THE PROVINCE OF ILOCOS NORTE IN COMMEMORATION OF THE…

Duterte’s Pemberton pardon draws jeers and cheers from senator

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 09/07/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to grant absolute pardon to US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton drew mixed reactions from senators, with one lawmaker thanking him for settling the issue while another branded it…

An insult to Ilocanos

Solita Callas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 09/05/2020

Our Congress is passing a bill declaring Sept. 11 as President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos Day in Ilocos Norte. And with no debate whatsoever. Words fail me. Do the Germans/Austrians celebrate an Adolf Hitler Day anywhere in Germany,…

Sen. Marcos’ challenge: Always aim for excellence

Alven Marie A. Timtim 03/02/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) may be dominated by men, but there are also several notable women who have made their marks in the organization, said Senator Imee Marcos. In a message which…

EDSA @ 34: A call to remember, continue to defend democracy

Rosalie Abatayo 02/23/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — “The authority in power is great but the oppressed mass is greater.” For Ma. Jardisha Marcellana, a human resource professional based in Cebu, this statement sums up the People Power 1 or the…

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