Opinion & Analysis

The long shortlist

By Marites Dañguilan Vitug The Judicial and Bar Council’s 8 choices for chief justice are dominated by insiders, incumbent Supreme Court justices. But since the process opened up to include those who are not from the Court, the JBC sprinkled its list with 3 outsiders. This indicates the strong pull of tradition. The most senior 

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Professor Aquino

HE DIDN’T say it in those words during his most recent tirade against the media, but President Aquino had a point: what is a former government official doing reporting and commenting on public affairs, particularly on what’s happening during the administration of the President who replaced in 2010 the President he served as Vice President? 

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AN UNCOMPLICATED MIND: New language threshold discriminatory

By Joe Rivera When the points system for selecting new immigrants was adopted by Canada in the 1960s, it was hailed as a Canadian innovation. The system removed any type of formal discrimination from immigration policy. Individuals would no longer be denied immigration to Canada, as it was in the past, based on their ethnicity, 

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AN UNCOMPLICATED MIND: To boycott or not to boycott

By Joe Rivera Leaders of the U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) in the United States and their counterpart in Canada have started a campaign to boycott China-made products. Their objective is to transform this primarily civil society movement into a worldwide boycott in protest of China’s “illegal occupation of the Scarborough Shoal and its 

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Should Congress and Church be afraid of RH bill?

By Juan Miguel Luz Rappler.com One of the major reasons why we fail as a country is that we tolerate a two-class society: the Haves and the Have-nots (e.g. the Poor). Those that Have can afford more education (much of it privately provided), more health services (privately delivered), better quality housing (privately built). For the 

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Freedom of Information issues and concerns

These are misplaced fears based first of all on a secrecy mindset that deny the fundamental right of the citizenry to knowledge of government transactions, decision-making, and policy. They also ignore the crucial role an informed citizenry can and has played in exposing corruption and bringing its sovereign power to bear on eliminating or at 

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No end in sight to the crisis

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com News about the world economy have been bleak once again for the nth time in the past few years since the housing bubble imploded in 2007–2008, which sent financial investment houses and banks on the brink of collapse and further worsened the situation of the stagnant industrial manufacturing sector. (Read story…)

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What have we done since Ondoy?

By Gemma Bagayaua Mendoza When Ondoy struck and engulfed large portions of Metro Manila in September 2009, I had to resurrect points I raised in a story I wrote for Newsbreak Magazine back in 2002. I didn’t realize I would be repeating the points I raised in those stories again, so soon. The first story 

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AN COMPLICATED MIND: Good and bad news

By Joe Rivera During his most recent state of the nation address (SONA), Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III rued the lack of enthusiasm in the local media in reporting on the progress of the Philippine economy. President Aquino said that commentators in the foreign media have been bedazzled, citing Bloomberg Business week’s “Keep an 

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Beware the consequences of texting while driving

By Cesar Carranza Most people know that using mobile devices while driving can have dangerous consequences. In particular, mobile communications are linked to an increase in distracted driving, threatening both life and property. But did you also know that texting while driving can lead to fines and an increase in your insurance premiums? Texting while 

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