Our vanishing ‘galunggong’

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 07/22/2021

Two months ago, I had a Zoom meeting with fisherfolk from Zambales who complained that their fish catch had been dwindling because huge Chinese trawlers have been scooping the fish in their traditional fishing grounds in the…

Isko vs Sara: The battle of mayors

Richard Heydarian - @inquirerdotnet 07/20/2021

“A fiction, believed in even though you know it is a fiction, can be validated only by sheer will,” wrote Harold Bloom. The literary critic, arguably the greatest of his generation, had no less than Don Quixote…

Sona

Peter Wallace - @inquirerdotnet 07/15/2021

In just 11 days, President Duterte will present his State of the Nation Address (Sona), with some relief that it’s all almost over. No doubt he’ll crow about his accomplishments. And if you get past the large…

Sea Sunday, fishermen  and the West Philippine Sea

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 07/13/2021

Matamlay. Sluggish. This is how Taytay Apostolic Vicar-designate Bishop Broderick Pabillo described the government’s treatment of Filipino fishermen despite the favorable arbitral tribunal’s ruling on the West Philippine Sea (WPS) territorial dispute. During his  homily last Sea Sunday,…

Why he’s running for VP

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 07/10/2021

I googled the number of times President Duterte talked of resigning from the presidency. The earliest was on Aug. 14, 2018, or barely two years into his presidency, when he said: “I want you to know I…

Leni and the power to convene

John Nery - @jnery_newsstand 06/22/2021

With the political class now focused on next year’s elections, it is even more important for us as voters and as citizens to distinguish signal from noise. We are hearing a lot from allies of President Duterte…

China does not possess the WPS

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 05/20/2021

President Duterte’s mantra is “China is in possession of the West Philippine Sea (WPS).” The President made this declaration on several occasions: the November 2018 Asean-India Summit in Singapore, his July 2019 and 2020 State of the…

What explains Duterte’s behavior toward China?

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 05/10/2021

It’s hard to imagine how any Filipino can be supportive of President Duterte’s submissive, fawning behavior toward China notwithstanding the latter’s belligerent claim over a huge area of our marine-rich waters. No matter how disillusioned we may…

Carpio accepts Duterte’s West PH Sea debate challenge

Tetch Torres-Tupas - Reporter / @T2TupasINQ 05/06/2021

MANILA, Philippines – Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has accepted President Rodrigo Duterte’s challenge for a debate on the West Philippine Sea issue particularly the 2016 ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in…

Who is lying — the President or Roque?

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 04/29/2021

The President’s spokesperson Harry Roque issued a statement last April 23, 2021, that President Duterte never entered into a “verbal fishing agreement” with China’s President Xi. Roque declared: “There is no truth to the speculation of a…

Duterte visit in Lapu-Lapu may not happen with COVID surge in Metro Manila – Chan

Futch Anthony Inso 04/19/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Metro Manila with several members of the Cabinet and the Presidential Security Group (PSG) being infected with the virus is among the reasons President…

Unrequited love

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 03/25/2021

In April 2018, President Duterte declared, “I just simply love Xi Jinping.” President Duterte made this declaration in a press conference in Davao City just before he left for China to attend the Boao Forum for Asia.…

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