Opinion & Analysis


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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What makes a hero?

FILM REVIEW: Goyo, The Boy General (2018) By Ysh Cabana The Philippine Reporter The story of Gregorio del Pilar, one of the youngest generals best known for the defense of Tirad Pass against a backdrop of American aggression. And in online streaming site Netflix 120 years hence, he’s been given a more thoughtful biopic with 

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By Bishop Rex B. Reyes, Jr.

A Tribute and a Statement

Woke up to a grey, overcast morning. . . on the verge of raindrops. The sun is hidden from view. The morning sky mourns for you, Randy Malayao, peace advocate and example of uprightness. And I do, too – most grievously. Your death in the hands of a gunman, in a bus in the middle 

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Who Needs Elections? Ask the U.S. about the government your country should have

By Nino Pagliccia Would anybody reading this article want to appoint him/herself as prime minister of Canada in front of a friendly crowd? All you need to say is that you don’t recognize the elected prime minister as legitimate. I asked that question to a crowd at a rally organized to affirm the sovereignty of 

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Children in PH as Crime Scapegoats

By Carlos H. Conde Human Rights Watch The Philippine government is one step closer to prosecuting young children as adults, a key plank in President Rodrigo Duterte’s abuse-ridden anti-crime campaign. On Monday, a congressional committee approved a bill that would lower the age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 9. If the Senate makes good on 

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Kuwentong #SM

Ni Dimple Paz-Bonganay Nagpunta ako sa mall at bumili sa SM supermarket. Habang nakapila at nag-aantay para bayaran ang pinamili, nagflashback sa akin ang lahat ng mga nangyari noong nagtatrabaho pa ako sa SM Supermarket bilang isang cashier. Madami na akong pinasukang trabaho para lang mai-survive ko ang pag aaral ko, pinakahuli ang SM sa 

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MOVIE REVIEW: Alpha, The Right to Kill (2018)

By Philbert Dy Letterboxd.com It begins and ends with disclaimers. The one at the start tells us that the movie isn’t meant to malign the police, and that fixing corruption starts with us. The one at the end tells is the standard “any similarity to real persons is purely coincidental” line, the movie making sure, 

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