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A drunk yes means no.
In many bad movies, the rape scene is meant to push the story forward and shape character or motivation: a rough, ragged boatman or laborer ravishes the lead behind the rotten hull of a beached boat or the cover of haphazardly-piled scaffolding. The ...
 
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It doesn’t have to be this way—and in other parts of the world, it’s not.
Over this weekend—just before the mass shooting in El Paso, TX, which was just before the mass shooting in Dayton, OH, which was a few days after the mass shooting in Gilroy, CA— I’ve been at a music festival called All Together ...
 
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This is what would happen if the Philippines left the United Nations.
Last week, Iceland led the United Nations Human Rights Commission in drafting a resolution that calls for concrete actions, which could also include UN investigation, into the alleged drug war in the Philippines.The move ruffled many feathers, particularly those of Senator Vicente ...
 
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Human morality, just like religion, is a social construct.
The homophobic zealots are at it again. In case you’ve managed to steer clear of the bile and vitriol from the pearl-clutching oldies of the Couples for Christ-Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL), we’ll quickly run down the facts (promise, this will be ...
 
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CFC FFL founder Frank Padilla only evangelizes self-centeredness and self-service.
It’s a question I never thought I’d ask myself: If a religious splinter group separated from its original organization and poverty alleviation program because it was too “inclusive” in helping the poor, should I take it seriously?The Couples for Christ Foundation for ...
 
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One hundred twenty-one years after the flag was first raised in Kawit, it’s time to ask what is freedom?
The Philippine flag was first raised on June 12, 1898, in Kawit, Cavite, but it didn't take long for the flag to be replaced by the Stars and Stripes. The Spanish colonizer was overthrown, yet replaced by the Americans. The Philippine flag ...
 
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The window to prevent the worst of it is closing fast, while water scarcity in mainland Asia is the prelude to the next big war.
It is a long held belief here in the shebeen that, thanks to those clever Chinese climate hoaxsters, the next world wars are going to be fought not over oil, but over water. This is especially true in places like India, which ...
 
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A Chinese vessel rammed into a Filipino fishing boat, and then abandoned its 22 fishermen in their sinking boat at sea.
We’ve been following the news of the incident in the West Philippine Sea off Recto Bank. This is what’s been reported in the news: A Chinese vessel rammed into a Filipino fishing boat, and then abandoned its 22 fishermen in their sinking boat ...
 
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What drives voters to choose the people they want?
This year’s elections are one of the most contentious in the history of the Automated Election System. Massive reports of electoral fraud by citizens and poll watchdog groups, documented cases of blatant red-tagging and black propaganda by state forces, rampant vote-buying, and violence in the ...
 
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There is an entire baggage of dark history and reprehensible revisionism that comes with that, as well as pretty bad optics.
In a recently released memo by Ateneo de Manila President Fr. Ramon T. Villarin, the University apologized for the appearance of Irene Marcos-Araneta, third offspring of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, at the opening of an outdoor art exhibition. The memo cites ...
 
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"The fact that you have not been told what they have done does not mean that they have done nothing."
It is incredibly disappointing and extremely hurtful to hear so many members of our Ateneo family so quickly rush to judgement and assert that (1) the school is doing nothing about the issue of bullying in general (and this specific incident/individual in ...
 
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Before going off on a nuclear rant online, ask yourself if you're contributing anything new to the discussion
A good way to get to know people is to find out what upsets them. It used to be difficult; it usually takes a while before new acquaintances let their guard down enough to expose their inhibitions, fears and prejudices, let alone ...
 
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Ethical guidelines should always guide you to do the right thing, no matter how angry you are.
"Hindi po namin binu-bully ang bata, pero bugok po pala talaga ang batang ito." Anthony Taberna, Dos por Dos, DZMM - December 21, 2018, 6:00 PM. Contrary to popular opinion, you do learn some useful things in journalism school. One of these things ...
 
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Our identity as a nation is continuously evolving, and it needs continuing discussion. Esquire Philippines presents a collection of essays offering different perspectives on the necessarily nuanced and complex question of Being Filipino.
We are a country made up of 7,641 islands, with almost 105 million people speaking 183 living languages. And yet it seems we haven't thought enough about what it means to be Filipino.It's been over 70 years since Carlos P. Romulo wrote "I Am a Filipino," ...
 
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At the end of 2018, Tsinoys now find themselves confronting the ugly specter of racism once more.
Remember the two photos that went viral in the past few months? One was of a shirtless man who cut the line at a clothing store, and another was of a woman letting her child poop in the grass at BGC. Remove the race/ ethnicity from ...
 
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At some point, naivete crosses over into bigotry.
There are preconceived notions about Muslims in the Philippines, some of them are insulting in a racist kind of way—as in the way Ramon Tulfo demonizes Meranaws, or Winnie Monsod makes sweeping generalizations about people with Chinese ancestry. These notions are bigoted, ...
 
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In the wake of Solita Monsod's controversial column, let's parse what it means to talk about racism, nationalism, and being "Chinese," "Tsinoy," or "Filipino."
Teresita Ang See recently responded to Winnie Monsod's anti-Chinese and anti-Tsinoy ramblings with this piece. I agree with much of it. But I it find very interesting that while "Tsinoy" is seen as hybrid and complex in its identifications, "Filipino" identity here, ...
 
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Caroline S. Hau continues the hot debate about Chinese-Filipinos and their place in Philippine society.
Solita Monsod has seen fit to respond to my critique of her Inquirer article “Why Filipinos Distrust China” with yet another article, which essentially regurgitates her assertions without really addressing the points I raise about her basing her generalizations on her personal experience. Like I said, her ...
 
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Teresita Ang-See outlines why Winnie Monsod is misguided in her column about Tsinoys.
My friends, Tsinoys and native Filipinos alike, have been calling my attention to the deluge of negative comments about the influx of Chinese nationals, especially from the mainland and other issues. They worry that the negativity may spill over to include Chinese ...
 
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Let us take a moment to mourn the death of civil discourse and friendly disagreement, especially when it comes to family members.
Politics was never a four-letter word in our family. I was raised by parents who exposed me to their political leanings and philosophies, and encouraged me to participate in political debate.My family stood by my five-year-old self in April 1978, when we ...
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