Opinion & Analysis


FILM REVIEW: Madilim Ang Gabi (Dark is the Night)

By Ysh Cabana Madilim ang Gabi (Dark is the Night), written and directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr. is a stark look at a household in a busy city torn by the looming bureaucratic anti-drug crackdown. With Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s fascist drug war as its backdrop, it is a haunting lamentation that bears witness to 

Posted 1 year ago by

A scene from the movie Madilim and Gabi (Dark is the Night) with Phillip Salvador and Gina Alajar.

MOVIE REVIEW: Technique and style leave message and drama out in the dark

By Petronila G. Cleto (Warning: Story spoilers abound – Ed.) When Toronto TIFF film aficionados learned what darkness this film by Adolfo Alix, Jr. was going to tackle – extra-judicial killings or “EJKs” in the drug war – what expectations did they have of a film that has had to pass the Manila censors? Myself, 

Posted 1 year ago by

One of the three “drug boxes” in Barangay Valencia, Quezon City.
PHOTO: Nikka Valenzuela/Inquirer.net

Deadly ‘drop boxes’ fuel Philippines’s ‘War on Drugs’

By Carlos H. Conde The Philippine National Police has a sinister new tactic in its murderous “war on drugs”: public “drop boxes” for residents to anonymously submit the names of alleged drug dealers and users. This neighborhood informant system was first reported in July in Quezon City, a part of Metro Manila, but has since spread to 

Posted 1 year ago by


39 countries express concern over killings in PH

GENEVA, Sept. 28, 2017–Today, Iceland delivered a joint statement at the UN Human Rights Council on behalf of 39 states, expressing concern at the thousands of killings and climate of impunity associated with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called “war on drugs.” This represents an increase over the 32 states which expressed similar concerns at the 

Posted 1 year ago by

Adoption of the outcome of the UPR of the Philippines

Human Rights Watch statement September 22, 2017 Thank you, Mr. President. We are dismayed that the Philippines rejected all UPR recommendations that would make a practical difference in ending extrajudicial killings perpetrated in the name of its murderous “war on drugs.” It rejected Peru’s recommendation to cooperate with special procedures by extending a standing invitation, 

Posted 1 year ago by

Patrick Brown, Leader of the Progressive Conservative of Ontario with Atty. Angely Pacis, Mississauga Centre candidate for Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) at a Press Conference in Max Restaurant.

Let’s put Patrick Brown as Premier of Ontario

By Rodel J. Ramos It seems our Filipino leaders have no vision and no ambition except to lead their small ethnic tribes and followers to socials, beauty contest, religious, sports and yearly traditions that lead to nowhere and no future for our people. While some are involved in politics, we do not seem to know 

Posted 1 year ago by


Will Duterte declare Martial Law like Marcos?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Talks about President Duterte declaring martial law this week became louder and sounded more urgent five days ago when the AFP (Agence France-Presse) came out with an article with the title “Philippines’ Duterte may declare martial law: defense chief.” This triggered alarm bells and the AFP article was posted by 

Posted 1 year ago by

By Emmanuel S. de Dios

Vox populi vox Dei?

It is a common misapprehension that the essence of democracy is sufficiently defined as the popular will expressed through elections or plebiscites and as implemented by the rule of the majority. Vox populi vox Dei, the saying goes, and on this basis elected representatives believe they have carte blanche to change rules big and small, 

Posted 1 year ago by


Lies Tatay Digong told me

By Rappler Early in the campaign, President Rodrigo Duterte proudly admitted, “Yes, I cannot lie, I killed 3 people.” Many people said, “That is a brutally honest man,” and believed him. They reasoned, if he can admit to a crime, he must be incapable of lying. We say we’re tired of the lies, but the 

Posted 1 year ago by

David Fuller

Do immigrants work harder?

By David Fuller Contributor, Troy Media PRINCE GEORGE, B.C./Troy Media–When Henry Novak and his brothers arrived in Canada in 1967 to escape a lack of opportunity in their native Slovenia, they had no option but to work hard. They came without money or English. They hoped to get a job with their brother Tony, who 

Posted 1 year ago by