Opinion

End the censorship

On February 5, 2024, leaders of people’s organizations and the editors-in-chief of two alternative news media organizations wrote the National Telecommunications Commission urging it to rescind its order to block access in the Philippines to 27 websites. The call was made in agreement with and...

TPP the Evil Deal

TPP the Evil Deal

The full text of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement was finally disclosed after years of being negotiated in utmost secrecy. The public, including the US Congress itself, were kept in the dark on the details of the US-led trade pact until it...

Paying the Price

Paying the Price

A WEEK before the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) in Manila, the Aquino administration was not only clearing city thoroughfares of street vendors, parked cars, and sidewalk stalls; it was also evicting from their encampment in Liwasang Bonifacio...

The image game

The image game

With several weeks left before the official filing of candidacy, voters have yet to hear substantial talk on the platform of governance raised (or not raised) by those who have already declared their intention to run for higher office in 2016, especially for the...

Martial Law and the Media

Martial Law and the Media

SOME radio and TV stations as well as broadsheets have been commemorating the declaration of martial rule in 1972 by airing and presenting special reports every September. These media organizations, among them the Philippine Daily Inquirer, started early this year....

A policy of killing Lumads

A policy of killing Lumads

The Lumads of Mindanao consist of the few remaining tribes in the country who have preserved their indigenous culture through the only means it can be done—by living on their ancestral lands. If the current trend of killing and driving them away from the mountains...

Horse-trading votes and ‘justice’

Horse-trading votes and ‘justice’

The fact that the public remains vigilant over whether the Aquino administration struck a deal or not with the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) underscores the reality that the administration, through the Department of Justice (DOJ), indeed holds special powers over which of...

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