Opinion & Analysis

Pierre and Justin Trudeau

The Problem with Political Dynasties

A popular Western idiom states, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” But the idiom forgets that it’s not the same tree that sprouts from the apple. While Justin Trudeau and Noynoy Aquino bear the same last name as their infamous parents, the legacies of the progeny differ significantly from the original. By José 

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ICC’s Bensouda: ICC probe on PH situation continues

By Ellen Tordesillas “My office ‘s independent and impartial preliminary examination into the situation in the Philippines continues.” That statement by International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda issued Monday should put a stop to the misleading statements of Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo about the ICC process. Last Monday, Panelo said in his press briefing, “… 

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Overcome cyber martial law

By Ronalyn V. Olea Bulatlat.com March 12 is World Day against Cyber Censorship, when advocates around the globe will call for an Internet that is not only accessible to all, but also free from restrictions on free speech. It is specially relevant to us today, when our nation is practically under cyber martial law and 

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Jody Wilson-Raybould as she testified on the investigation into the SNC-Lavalin Affair

Does corruption hinder progress?

We Filipinos like to lazily blame corrupt government as the cause of the Nation’s many ills. But as Canada’s experience with corruption shows, the relationship between corruption and progress isn’t as clear-cut. It’s time for us Filipinos to look much deeper into what is hindering our progress as a Nation, because the often-used excuse of 

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From cyber libel to cyber attacks, Duterte is desperate in suppressing the truth

By Renan Ortiz Below is the unity statement of LODI, National Union of Journalists in the Philippines, AlterMidya People’s Media Network, Bulatlat, Kodao Productions, and Pinoy Weekly. The arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on spurious cyber libel charges under suspicious conditions confirms that the Duterte administration has taken to twisting the law and legal 

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Bayan Canada Cartoon

Groups condemn arrest of Maria Ressa

By Ronalyn V. Olea Bulatlat.com MANILA –The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) denounced the arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, branding it as “a shameless act of persecution by a bully government.” Ressa was arrested by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents around 5 p.m. today on cyber libel charges over a 

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Change the name of the Philippines? Yes. To Maharlika? No.

By José Victor ‘Jayvee’ Salameña On the week of Sunday, February 10, major Philippine news outlets have reported that President Rodrigo Duterte has resurrected the idea of changing the name of the name of the Philippines to Maharlika. As was reported, Duterte was quoted saying, “Actually, Marcos was right. During the time of Marcos, he 

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Lito de Dios: My Brother’s Big Heart

By Emmanuel S. De Dios I can only speak as someone who knew Lito (or Gio, as he preferred the family to call him), my whole life. So when Jeline and Jenny [his daughters] called to relay the news of his leaving—the finality of this news felt like a great body blow. It was as 

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Film review: Respeto (2017): A Mash-up of Rhymes and Resistance

By Ysh Cabana The Philippine Reporter Respeto is an engrossing mash-up of rhymes and resistance, charting the intergenerational lives of have-nots. It weaves the words and worlds of a young street rapper Hendrix (played by real-life rapper Abra) and the much older reclusive radical poet aka Doc (Dido dela Paz). The former represents the grit 

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Rice tariffication will displace rice farmers, worsen food insecurity–IBON

Rice tariffication and uncontrolled rice imports will displace rice farmers and worsen food insecurity without solving the problem of expensive rice, research group IBON said. The government is using high inflation to justify rice sector liberalization according to long-standing demands of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and big foreign agricultural exporters. Domestic agriculture should be 

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