Ayungin Shoal: Duterte’s scared statement

Hermenegildo C. Cruz - @inquirerdotnet 12/09/2021

When I was growing up in Tondo, this was a common scene: A tough guy commits a crime and is brought to trial. In Tondo at that time, it was almost impossible to get witnesses to testify…

Charisma and Rodrigo Duterte

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 11/28/2021

President Duterte may go down in our nation’s history as one whose presidency was marked by the grandest promises and the most glaring failures. Yet, opinion surveys suggest that he may end his term with the highest…

Marcos says he tested negative in cocaine test, insists he wasn’t being alluded to by Duterte

Daphne Galvez - Reporter 11/23/2021

MANILA, Philippines — To put to rest speculations brought by President Duterte’s claims of a cocaine-hitting presidential aspirant, former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday claimed he has undergone a cocaine test, and had tested negative.…

Moreno dares Palace to bring Manila order vs face shield mandate to court

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter 11/09/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The order of Manila City to drop the mandatory use of face shields in public spaces will stay despite opposition from Malacañang, Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said, adding that the Palace can bring…

Pharmally and the court of public opinion

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 10/04/2021

From the way President Duterte has been rabidly defending the people involved in the Pharmally controversy, he acts and talks like a lawyer trying to prevent his clients from getting convicted in a court of law. He…

The making of a tyrant

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 09/05/2021

When Rodrigo Duterte was elected to the presidency in 2016, he thereby assumed the powers inherent in the nation’s highest office. Those powers were not granted to him in his personal capacity. They belong to the state,…

PS-DBM ‘operates independently’

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 09/02/2021

Last Aug. 27, 2021, resigned DBM Secretary Wendel Avisado told the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee that the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) “operates independently.” He explained that “we don’t interfere in their…

2022: Duterte vs Duterte?

Richard Heydarian - @inquirerdotnet 08/31/2021

Reflecting on the inherent limits of electoral politics, the radical activist Emma Goldman was said to have warned: “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” Witnessing the worst aspects of early 20th-century American democracy, she saw…

Politicking in the midst of a pandemic

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 08/29/2021

There ought to be a proper place and time for partisan political talk. No president in his right mind should use his weekly meetings with his COVID-19 team to talk about his political plans when he finishes…

Above the law

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 08/19/2021

Under our democratic and republican system of government as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution, Congress enacts, amends, or repeals a law, the President executes the law, and the Judiciary declares a law void if it contravenes the…

Grading Duterte (2)

Rufa Cagoco-Guiam - @inquirerdotnet 08/02/2021

General Santos City—In last week’s column, I listed the fictional courses that President Duterte should be graded on since this is his last year as president. I have already given him a zero score for gender sensitivity…

Duterte overturns Duterte

Segundo Eclar Romero - @inquirerdotnet 07/30/2021

The most memorable takeaway I had from President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) last Monday was his realization that to eradicate corruption, he needed to “overturn” the government and replace erring government personnel. For this…

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