The British royalty: A fairy tale

Many Filipinos are fascinated with British royalty.In the 1980s, they were glued on television when Prince Charles walked with Lady Diana on the aisle in a fairy-tale wedding, and were shocked by the tragic death of the Princess of Wales nearly two decades...

Awash with cash

Ferdinand Marcos Jr is a very generous man.For next year’s budget, Marcos has agreed to give his vice president, Sara Duterte-Carpio, a whooping P2.3 billion, three times more than what former vice president Leni Robredo had under Rodrigo Duterte’s government.Robredo...

Could the US deploy its long-range missiles to the Philippines?

The United States Army plans to deploy long-range precision fire systems and ship-sinking medium-range capability missiles next year to the Indo-Pacific region, boosting its defensive and offensive military capability but also likely raising temperatures in contested...

Duterte-brand impunity is again tested

We have seen how the Davao City template has destroyed our national psyche and the credibility of our government institutions from Rodrigo Duterte’s six years of authoritarian misgovernance.

We share the blame for restoring the Marcoses

Around the time of the controversy that surrounded the Duterte-sponsored surreptitious burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 2016 at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, an Ateneo school that I shall not name invited me to a forum on the topic.

When the PNP chief parodies the law

It is not a coincidence that Vicente Danao presides over the PNP at the tail end of the Duterte reign. He is one of Duterte’s fair-haired boys, a Davao city creation like Bato dela Rosa who probably knows Duterte’s secrets of how the Philippine National Police was transformed as a monstrosity of lawbreakers and killers. 

The unusual indifference of Comelec

What makes Comelec indifferent to these possible violations of the law? “Let us respect the outcome of the elections,” says Martin Andanar. And respect vote buying as a matter of opinion and not of law?

Wanna Ver, Lorenzo Leviste, Robyn Remulla

If the son or daughter does the sins of the father or mother, the son or daughter also sins. That is the true meaning of the oft-quoted “sin of the father, sin of the son” reference lifted from the Bible.

Between the good and the best

In a recent piece online, I wrote of certain groups that are trying to use the Philippine Catholic Church to work for or against certain presidential candidates in the May 9 election. This, I said for the nth time, is contrary to the express teaching of the Catholic Church.

Cleaning up the mess

The 2022 Philippine presidential campaign has so polarized and divided the nation that whoever wins on May 9, the task of unifying and rebuilding the socio-political, economic order will have to take first priority.

Retooling the “debates”

Since the 90-day official presidential campaign period kicked off in February, Filipinos have been treated to a series of presidential “debates.” These are but media forums, rather than “debates,” strictly speaking, for a “debate,” as we know it, is a formal public discussion in which two opposing sides argue against each other the validity or invalidity of a particular proposition.

A Sleeping (Scoring) Giant Awakens

Now that Alaska is set to leave the PBA and is on an emotional farewell tour, it has awakened a scoring giant who has been waiting to be unleashed. Now better than ever, the former King Stallion and King Archer has new weapons in his arsenal and is ready to take over.

POC declares Patafa chief persona non grata

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) on Tuesday declared Philip Ella Juico, president of the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa), persona non grata for “harassing” Olympic pole vaulter EJ Obiena.

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Time to Love

The Holy Book says: “There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.” (Eccl. 3:1) Thus “there is a time to love.” (Eccl. 3:8)

 

Ninoy Aquino: Apostle of non-violent resistance

“I have returned to join the ranks of those struggling to restore our rights and freedoms through non-violence.” This was part of the statement Ninoy Aquino wanted to deliver upon his arrival from exile thirty-six years ago.

The culture of death and social sin

We find ourselves living in a society where killing and corruption have become normal.  People don’t even consider these as sin. What is happening can be described as the “culture of death” – a term used by Pope John II in his encyclical “Evangelium Vitae.”

Ningas-kugon

Are Filipinos that forgiving or are we simply forgetful?

Living the ‘holiness of normality’

At an age when people, especially millennials, seem to seek personal fulfilment through high-profile accomplishments, one woman has just been recognized as a model of sanctity through devoting her life to teaching chemistry—without fanfare.

Eyes on the Ice: Human rights diplomacy

Last week’s vote by United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the Iceland-backed resolution exasperated the sensitive Duterte administration and the DDS community.

Who is St. Thomas More?

Very little is known about St. Thomas More, the patron of statesmen and politicians as declared by Pope John Paul II in the year 2000. He lived a very inspiring life and is a model of firmness of conscience to the end.