Duterte’s Balancing Act of Two Superpowers: US and China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is treading a dangerous path trying to balance two superpowers in his hands: China and the United States. In a recent turn of events, Duterte has decided to retain the military alliance between the US and the Philippines after rashly announcing a “separation from the US” on independent foreign policy during…

USA-PHL: Love and Hate

Let me try to make sense for my millennial counterparts another weeklong rollercoaster ride for the foreign relations of the Philippines courtesy of no less than our unorthodox President Rodrigo Duterte. Super Typhoon Lawin wrought havoc in Northern Luzon, but this was the most surprising news of the week: Duterte announced in a highly anticipated…

Presstitutes?

It’s easy to ditch the media, if you think the institution is biased, corrupt and useless. Regardless of whatever pushes you to make such sweeping generalizations, you can just stop watching, reading, and consuming right now. But you won’t. Because whether you like it or not, the media is just as important as you are…

“Bias”

Kababasa ko lang sa isang Facebook thread — gago raw ang media. Biased daw. Paano? We feed you quality shows, and then what? Wala masyadong nanonood. The ratings, likes and shares show. Mas gusto niyong pagpiyestahan ang mga teleserye tungkol sa mga kabit at teenybopper, mga personal na buhay ng mga celebrity at opisyal ng gobyerno, at mga…

Oral Origins 2: Gago and Leche

There are certain curse words that have become part of daily conversations. But do we really know where these words come from? After discussing Putang Ina and Yawa in the first edition of our special report Oral Origins, our sequel presents two more familiar utterances. Gago We all have probably gone through the nasty habit of christening our childhood…

Nanlaban

Ang dali. Ang daling sabihin: “Eh kung ‘di naman kasi sila tamad, kung nagpursige ba sila sa pag-aaral. Kung ‘di sila nag-anak ng apat, anim, siyam. Kung ‘di na lang sila umalis sa probinsya para maghanap ng trabaho sa Maynila. Kung tumanggi sila. Kung ‘di sila adik. Kung ‘di sila tulak.” Ang daling sabihin kasi…

Their Last Moments on Earth

After dusk, when darkness sprawls over the metro — thieves, murderers and drug personalities find their most opportune time to do business. And where these hooligans leave a bloody mess, that’s where my duty as a graveyard reporter begins. The dirty job takes some getting used to. But I’ve never thought that my graveyard shift will…

The Ill-Gotten Health of the Philippines

President Noynoy Aquino left office and slapped nurses on his way out. He vetoed the Comprehensive Nursing Bill which would have provided for the raise in salary for entry level nurses working in both public and private sector, the appropriation of nurse to patient ratio, protection of nurses against illegal labor practices, unfair compensation and false…

Oral Origins: The Etymology of Putang Ina and Yawa

Editor’s Note: Here is the sequel — Oral Origins 2: Gago and Leche I faintly remember what led to our teacher’s ire that afternoon and why she was scolding the class. All I can clearly recall now were the dusty black shoes I was wearing. They were the first things I saw when I looked down in shame…

“Bury Caesar”

Editor’s Note: This is a direct reply to a recently published article of SubSelfie.com entitled A Hero’s Burial? Dear Alaysa, I read your article detailing the events of how your family ‘suffered’ under Martial Law. It would be preposterous if I say ‘I feel your pain’ and that whatever ‘injustice’ was done is too trivial. I…