SKETCHES
A non-traditional route
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - March 25, 2019 - 12:00am
What were they thinking?
Bailing out of the International Criminal Court
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - March 22, 2019 - 12:00am
The only thing that now stands in the way of the Philippines’ withdrawal from the International Criminal Court or ICC is the Supreme Court.
Political warlords
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - March 20, 2019 - 12:00am
In one of the poorest provinces in the country, elections are a season of dread for many ordinary folk.
A wake-up call… maybe
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - March 18, 2019 - 12:00am
In 150 days, it will be the height of the typhoon season, so obviously water shortage woes in Metro Manila’s eastern sector would be over by then. The woes will shift to the usual flooding in certain comm...
Fools for Christ
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - March 15, 2019 - 12:00am
The polling firms are suffering from a credibility problem in this election season, and it’s raising questions even on the results of its previous surveys centering on issues and public approval of government...
Career choices
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - March 13, 2019 - 12:00am
Half a century ago when former tourism undersecretary Eduardo Jarque was a student, De La Salle was still an all-boys college.
No more ‘boundary’
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - March 11, 2019 - 12:00am
On May 13, 2011, journalist Lourdes “Chit” Estella-Simbulan was in an Abu Abbey taxi on her way to the University of the Philippines in Diliman, where she was teaching journalism, when the taxi made a...
Women empowerment
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - March 8, 2019 - 12:00am
Recently I met two sisters from the provinces who have found work as domestic helpers in Manila.
Defending the faith
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - March 6, 2019 - 12:00am
Looking at the photo of a priest before a smoking pile the other day, the glutton in our news desk wanted to know what was burning.
Fulfilling a promise
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - March 4, 2019 - 12:00am
There are simply too many people in Metro Manila and too many vehicles for President Duterte to be able to deliver on his promise of decongesting traffic in Metro Manila, particularly on EDSA.
Payback culture
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - March 1, 2019 - 12:00am
A joint “massive offensive” was launched yesterday by the Commission on Elections, the police and other government agencies to take down illegal campaign materials nationwide.
For the fund of it
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - February 27, 2019 - 12:00am
Over the weekend I met the wife of a candidate in a Metro Manila city, whose in-law is challenging a dynast for mayor in another city.
Shaping the youth
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - February 25, 2019 - 12:00am
He and his Duterte Youth party-list group are being likened to the Hitler Youth, and he chairs the National Youth Commission.
Adapt or perish
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - February 22, 2019 - 12:00am
Buying rice from my suki wholesale supplier recently, I noticed two things. One is that all the types of rice are now classified as either regular or well milled, but the product tags still bear the names of the...
Racists?
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - February 20, 2019 - 12:00am
There’s a large vacant lot near my home that has been fenced off with metal sheets painted red. Red lanterns were later hung at the entrance, over which a large sign was installed, displaying Chinese characters...
Cyber libel
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - February 18, 2019 - 12:00am
As that statement from the National Press Club and several published commentaries indicate, members of the Philippine media are conflicted over the arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa for cyber libel.
Rules for breaking
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - February 15, 2019 - 12:00am
Finally, a reprieve from the billboard pollution wherever we turn.
Federalism, Plan B
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - February 13, 2019 - 12:00am
The thick book on constitutional reforms, gathering dust on my bookshelf since the report was submitted in 1999 by a preparatory commission to then president Joseph Estrada, is now joined by a much thinner draft...
Education vs fake news
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - February 11, 2019 - 12:00am
He looks like a dead ringer for his uncle, the late senator Benigno Aquino Jr. In fact with his glasses and hairstyle, he looks more like Ninoy Aquino than Ninoy’s only son and namesake, former president ...
A doctor in the Senate
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - February 8, 2019 - 12:00am
From over P50 each several years ago, the antihistamine drug Claritin is now retailed at P33.75 per tablet. Under a promo of Mercury Drug, the price goes down to P27 each if you buy a box of five tablets, with one...
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