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What’s it going to take for big companies to start taking better care of their customers?
I was stuck in our house in Cavite during the first stretch of strict lockdowns that started in March because of COVID-19. Thankfully, internet service there is stable, which is a godsend considering that I, like many other people, suddenly had to ...
 
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Now, does it come with improved labor laws and hazard pay?
In case you missed it, President Rodrigo Duterte just declared the year 2020, this goddamn cursed year, as the “Year of the Filipino Health Workers.”In a proclamation released by Malacañang Palace, this declaration is to honor the hard work of health workers ...
 
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As the racist eloquently put it, 'Trump's gonna fuck you.'
In another episode of racism in the U.S.A., a Filipino-American family became the target of a xenophobic white man when the said racist yelled obscenities at the family while they were celebrating a tita’s birthday at a lodge in California.Little did he ...
 
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It’s a reckoning that’s been a long time coming.
Back when I worked at the Australian Embassy in Manila, I remember going out with a few officemates one night and ending up at the opening of Martinis at the old Mandarin Hotel in Makati. It was supposed to be a by-invitation-only ...
 
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Senator Pia Cayetano was wrong to say that our level of English proficiency is nakakahiya.
During a Senate hearing on Monday, Senator Pia Cayetano demanded to know why some broadcasters choose to air children’s programs dubbed in Filipino instead of their original versions in English. She wants kids to learn how to speak English as early as ...
 
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ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Gabby Lopez was asked to recite the first line of the pledge in Congress.
How many adult Filipinos can still remember and recite the complete Panatang Makabayan?The Philippine Oath of Allegiance trended on Twitter and Facebook on June 8 after congressman Rodante Marcoleta asked ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III to recite the first line ...
 
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‘Ang Probinsyano’ is back on national television.
Just when you thought ABS-CBN’s shutdown was the final nail in the coffin that ended Ang Probinsyano, Cardo Dalisay comes back to life once again, like the many times he did on the four-year-old show. According to ABS-CBN, Ang Probinsyano is making ...
 
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We're partners with a superpower.
Merely four months after terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, the Philippine government has now realized the country needs it, after all.The whole kerfuffle began back in January when President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to cancel the VFA if ...
 
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It’s information and emotional overload 24/7.
Every time we browse social media, we’re bombarded with news about what’s going on in the world, and you don’t need me to tell you that most of it isn’t good. These days, the headlines are all pretty much the same—racial injustice, ...
 
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Focusing on one doesn’t make problems with the other go away.
For more than 60 days now Filipinos have been living under one of the longest and strictest community quarantines in the world. Many of us are now asking when and how to ease restrictions, revive the economy, and return to some sort of ...
 
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She has since apologized, but that doesn’t make her point any less valid.
When Senator Cynthia Villar expressed disbelief during a hearing of the Senate Committee of the Whole that the middle class is also receiving cash aid from the government to help them out during the pandemic, social media was quick to react. The overwhleming ...
 
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The writer says he's felt better during lockdown than he has in a while. That says something about capitalism's relationship with mental health.
This is first and foremost a personal essay, about my own experiences. While I plan to make some broader observations, it must be understood that I speak from a privileged position. I’m young, have a roof over my head, food to eat, ...
 
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The Philippines isn't on the same level as other countries.
I have an unpopular opinion. Testing is not the most important thing. The most important thing is isolating people who are probable COVID-19 cases as well as those who have had contact with them.RT-PCR stands for real-time polymerase chain reaction, which uses ...
 
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Defining the new normal.
Generations prior have experienced this situation, but only now have we faced a global health emergency of this magnitude in recent memory. The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to challenge all dimensions of our lives in the unforeseeable future, shaking the foundations and ...
 
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Online classes is the new socioeconomic divide.
Before the lockdowns and the curfews happened, driving at night through barely-lit backroads in rural areas would guarantee running into teenagers huddled by the side of the road or perhaps lounging on the concrete benches of a closed sari-sari store. One could ...
 
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Competency is punished, while incompetency is shown empathy.
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that justice is selective in the Philippines. This is a country notorious for its impunity—a justice system that serves the few instead of the many. This is our normal, and it’s never become more apparent ...
 
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The senator endangered the lives of doctors, nurses, mothers, and babies.
In an official announcement that was released Wednesday night (March 25), Makati Medical Center (MMC) perfectly worded the national rage and disappointment directed at Koko Pimentel for knowingly endangering an entire hospital, going against the very purpose of his job—to protect the ...
 
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The next time you see people defying government orders to stay home, put yourselves in their shoes.
I had one eye on the TV while setting the table for dinner the other day. The early evening newscast was running a story on the plight of commuters insisting on going to work despite the enhanced community quarantine announced in the ...
 
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May we pass this test of humanity.
As the measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 become more draconian, we’re finally realizing that this pandemic will test every factor of our society, from the healthcare system to transportation, and the very humanity of our people.There is no doubt in ...
 
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The choice now is between bad or worse.
After last night's declaration of Code Red Sublevel 2, the government announced that Metro Manila will be placed under a lockdown—that is not really a lockdown at all. They’re calling it “community quarantine,” a less aggressive term that makes it sound like ...
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