Opinion & Analysis


Dear Kuya Allos: Getting ready to transition

Dear Kuya, I want to start taking testosterone but I don’t know where to go. I have been thinking about it for a long time even when I was still in the Philippines and I think I’m ready now. When I think about it, I get excited! I started telling my close friends to call 

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Author in a photo op with Probinsyano lead actor Coco Martin in a chance encounter in an occasion at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help University in Las Pinas City some three years ago.

DILG, PNP cannot censor Probinsyano

By Atty. Romulo B. Macalintal The reported plan of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to sue the producers of popular television series, Ang Probinsyano, “if it does not change its plot anytime soon,” is plain and simple censorship and an attack against freedom of expression. While 

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Five Years After Yolanda

By Allos Abis It has been fiver years since Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) have ravaged Eastern Visayas, survivors are still fighting to recover from one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded in modern history. It was the morning of November 8, 2013, when Yolanda made landfall in Eastern Samar. You must remember how the 

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The Masbate gold mine is near the northern tip of the island of Masbate. (Photo from northernminer.com)

Time for Duterte to shut down OceanaGold

Ten violations that should prompt its removal   By Robin Broad, John Cavanagh, Catherine Coumans and Rico La Viña Largely out of sight in the rugged mountains of Nueva Vizcaya, Australian-Canadian company OceanaGold has been making millions mining gold and copper, while local people and the environment suffer. The company has repeatedly violated President Duterte’s calls 

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My #MeToo Story

#FilipinasSpeakOut By Rachelle Cruz It took awhile for me to write about this because I was going through the motions and many emotions. I went from angry to hurt to disappointed to vengeful back to angry and so forth. I finally want to share this with you because in the end, I realized that it’s 

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AFP Chief Carlito Galvez shows Pres. Duterte the command saber on the sidelines of the joint AFP-PNP command conference at the Malacañan Palace on Oct. 4, 2018. 
(Malacañang photo by Alfred Frias)

A disturbing statement by the AFP chief

By Ellen Tordesillas There is something very wrong about the statement of AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez praising the President for agreeing to the rule of law. Galvez said that Wednesday when he announced that the AFP won’t be reconvening for now a general court martial to try Senator Antonio Trillanes IV following 

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Pres. Duterte addressing the military. 
Screengraby from RTVM file photo.

The Bureau of Customs: Duterte’s Booby Trap for the Military

It looks like another naive, impulsive move, but turning over the Bureau of Customs to the military is possibly the most dangerous move Duterte has hatched. Before this, the military has refused to be involved in the war on drugs. It has refused Duterte’s invitation to spearhead a revolutionary government. He has chided the military 

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Filipino American Visibility Day at the University of California Berkeley

By Mong Palatino ManilaToday.net Last night I was watching the Warriors game held at the Oracle. How big is the Oracle? Maybe it has a capacity of 18 to 20,000. Imagine the Oracle full of dead bodies. This is the estimated number of drug-related extrajudicial killings in the Philippines under the administration of President Rodrigo 

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‘Arroyo’s Cha-cha opens up her possible return to the presidency’

Colmenares on Arroyo’s draft charter Bayan Muna Chairman and former Rep. Neri Colmenares today (Oct. 9) said that the Resolution of Both Houses No. 15 which Speaker Gloria Arroyo filed contains provisions which could catapult her back to the presidency. “ While Article XVII section 2 provide that the incumbent president and vice president shall 

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Michael Yang

Michael Yang is presidential economic adviser

By Ellen Tordesillas Things will never be the same between China and President Duterte after the latter’s unprovoked comment about businessman Michael Yang and Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua at the dinner with officers and members Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association, Inc. last Oct. 4 in Malacañang. Duterte is now regarded by Chinese officials as a 

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