MANUEL “MANNY” P. MOGATO is Editor-at-Large and opinion writer, writing under the column “In the Trenches.” As Reuters Manila correspondent, he and two other colleagues won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2018 for their coverage of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.

Asean consensus-building

Is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) moving to abandon its time-honored consensus-building principle after the bloc excluded military-ruled Myanmar from its meeting in Jakarta last week? Hopefully not, but recent decisions by the 10-member bloc...

Rotten justice system

The country’s justice system needs reform. From law enforcement to the prison facilities. Perhaps, Percy Lapid did not not only expose the wrongdoings of government officials, he also exposed the country’s rotten justice system.

Wasting government resources

The president also promised to barangay leaders to postpone the elections and extend their terms if they will help him win the presidency. Politicians running for seats in the bicameral Congress made the same campaign promise.

Most favored ally

The Philippines has been getting more attention in the United States because of its geographic location in the Indo-Pacific region as tension with China rises not just over the South China Sea but also because of Taiwan.

Marcos and the Maharlika class

In ancient Philippines when datus, rajahs, and sultans ruled a territory, the Maharlika class were a warrior or martial class of freemen, similar to knights in medieval Europe.But the dictator Ferdinand Marcos gave it another meaning. He claimed he had commanded a...