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…

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…

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