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Makings of a strongman: Deconstructing President Rodrigo Duterte

Makings of a strongman: Deconstructing President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte is not a man in need of a lofty introduction—just the mere mention of his name is…

Commentary: It will fall apart

Commentary: It will fall apart

There will never be another as great as our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.  Who else could do as much as…

DU30’s 2016 prexy bid and the art of hard selling

DU30’s 2016 prexy bid and the art of hard selling

With the words “change is coming,” everyone raised their fist in a display of solidarity—a symbol that would become synonymous…

Under Duterte, Southeast Asia’s oldest democracy is failing

Under Duterte, Southeast Asia’s oldest democracy is failing

Philippine democracy is in crisis. When the Philippines gained independence from the United States, it became one of Southeast Asia’s…

Promises of infrastructure: The Build, Build, Build program aftermath

Promises of infrastructure: The Build, Build, Build program aftermath

The Duterte administration has built its foundation on the ambition of many and the action of a few. One of…

Over 6k lives later, what has the drug war amounted to?

Over 6k lives later, what has the drug war amounted to?

Coming into the 2016 presidential elections, President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign would revolve heavily around the promise of eliminating the use…


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How gender oppression thrived under a pro-machismo admin

How gender oppression thrived under a pro-machismo admin

It was during a roaring campaign rally on the eve of April 12, 2016. Then-presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte flocked alongside his thousands of followers weeks before the 2016 presidential elections.…

Rant and Rave: ’On The Job—The Missing 8’ finds truth amid chaos

Rant and Rave: ’On The Job—The Missing 8’ finds truth amid chaos

Prompting roars of applause from the 2013 Cannes’ Directors Fortnight audience, Erik Matti’s smash-hit On The Job has been notable for placing Filipino storytellers on a global pedestal. As such,…

Rant and Rave: ‘Lucifer’ caps off the devilish detective’s tale

Rant and Rave: ‘Lucifer’ caps off the devilish detective’s tale

Ever since the smash-hit Lucifer came out in 2016, audiences found themselves glued to their seats as the story of Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) and Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German)…

Word for word: Taking measure of the Filipino translation industry

Word for word: Taking measure of the Filipino translation industry

Perhaps it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the Holy Bible is the most widely translated book in the world. By the 20th century, portions of it had…


Sports

Against all odds, Filipino para-athletes raise PH banner with pride

Against all odds, Filipino para-athletes raise PH banner with pride

Hoping to replicate our historic success in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, a delegation of six para-athletes participated in the Tokyo Paralympic Games held last end-August to early September. Having a…

Behind the beat, Animo Squad rallies on

Behind the beat, Animo Squad rallies on

Training is a prime factor for athletes, enabling them to boost their skills, carry out their goals, and polish up on their craft. The pandemic brought many sports to a…

Kickstart: PFL prepares for new beginnings

Kickstart: PFL prepares for new beginnings

Since its first season in 2017, the Philippine Football League (PFL) has showcased the top football talent that the country has to offer. The league announced that it will kick…

Behind the scenes with Hidilyn Diaz’s nutritionist

Behind the scenes with Hidilyn Diaz’s nutritionist

Behind every athlete’s triumphs or downfalls is a team that plays the supporting roles to ensure that their champion is at peak condition upon entering the arena. With the country’s…

Halftime Thoughts: Can individual sports thrive in the Philippines?

Halftime Thoughts: Can individual sports thrive in the Philippines?

Nearly a month has passed since the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, wherein the Philippine team achieved its most historic campaign since the 1932 Los Angeles Games by garnering four podium finishes:…

Euro 2020 Recap

Euro 2020 Recap

The 2020 Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) European Football Championship, otherwise known as the UEFA Euro 2020, is an international football tournament featuring the men’s national teams from all…

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Opinion

Suspicious ascents

Suspicious ascents

In the first eight days of October, the country was at a standstill. All eyes were on the convoys that arrived at the venue for the filing of certificates of…

Word of advice

Word of advice

Last March, distraught Filipinos saw hope in the announcement of a united opposition movement, which came amid a foreboding dynastic victory for the presidency. 1Sambayan, a pro-democracy opposition slate for…

A better president?

A better president?

As President Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency comes to its penultimate moments, support for him has not faltered. Recent approval ratings and preferential surveys for the top executive seats show favor for…

Finding her space

Finding her space

“You played well—for a girl.” This was not what I had wanted to hear after a 90-minute game under the scorching heat. It wasn’t the kind of praise that any…