CONJUGATIONS
Clinton, Trump and the West Philippine Sea
by Lila Ramos Shahani - August 1, 2016 - 12:00am
On the day the Award of the Permanent Court of Arbitration was released—disallowing, among other things, Chinese nine-dash line claims—both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump issued statements of support...
Duterte and the dilemmas of sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea
by Lila Ramos Shahani - July 18, 2016 - 12:00am
Our fishermen are alone.
Whatever happened to Mary Jane Veloso?
by Lila Ramos Shahani - June 27, 2016 - 12:00am
About a year ago, the case of Mary Jane Veloso—convicted in Indonesia for drug trafficking after she had obviously been set up—exploded in the news.
Beyond the VP race: Robredo and Marcos under a Duterte presidency
by Lila Ramos Shahani - June 20, 2016 - 12:00am
The political lines taking shape in the aftermath of our national election are beginning to reveal more about the character and attitude of our newly-elected politicians than their campaign promises ever fully managed...
Why the persistence of human trafficking?
by Lila Ramos Shahani - June 13, 2016 - 12:00am
Despite its limited resources, the Philippines is now counted among the countries with “the strongest responses” to the crisis of human trafficking.
Federalism: Panacea or problem for regional development?
by Lila Ramos Shahani - June 6, 2016 - 12:00am
Will federalism be the long-sought solution to addressing discrepancies in regional development, or will it further exacerbate existing problems?
Illegal drugs: Is tougher enforcement the best solution?
by Lila Ramos Shahani - May 30, 2016 - 12:00am
Fighting illegal drugs, alongside tackling poverty, is the centerpiece of Duterte’s platform.
Fighting poverty under Aquino: A balanced assessment
by Lila Ramos Shahani - May 23, 2016 - 12:00am
Thirty years after EDSA, poverty continues to be one of the country’s greatest challenges. 
Election observations
by Lila Ramos Shahani - May 15, 2016 - 10:00am
What else did the 2016 elections tell us? 
Philippine elections 2016: Time to choose more women?
by Lila Ramos Shahani - May 8, 2016 - 10:00am
Today’s presidential front-runner has astonished the world with his blatant disregard for women’s rights. 
Vote buying and electoral reform
by Lila Ramos Shahani - May 1, 2016 - 10:00am
It’s a week before elections and, if you’re not yet aware of vote buying, you may just have been living under a rock.
Housing informal settlers in the coming years
by Lila Ramos Shahani - April 24, 2016 - 10:00am
Like all human rights, however, housing security for the majority of our people has been difficult to achieve.
The Southern question: Poverty and violence in Mindanao
by Lila Ramos Shahani - April 17, 2016 - 10:00am
Human rights offenses are claimed by advocates on all sides, but least discussed of all, perhaps, is who exactly is fighting for what in Mindanao.
Marlito and the promise of the 4Ps
by Lila Ramos Shahani - April 10, 2016 - 10:00am
As encouraging as those benefits are, they are still a long way from an all-expense-paid university scholarship. 
Same-sex marriage: Yet another election issue?
by Lila Ramos Shahani - February 28, 2016 - 9:00am
Not content with merely opposing same-sex marriage, newly born-again Senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao recently set off a media firestorm with a zealous homily intended to prove that LGBT (lesbian,...
Where do the candidates stand on poverty?
by Lila Ramos Shahani - February 21, 2016 - 9:00am
Of all the elections issues, perhaps the most difficult one to address is poverty.
Divorce: Do any of the candidates favor it?
by Lila Ramos Shahani - February 14, 2016 - 9:00am
Given the private interests and the larger public good at stake in legalizing divorce, where do our presidential candidates stand on the issue?
Where do our candidates stand on the BBL?
by Lila Ramos Shahani - February 7, 2016 - 9:00am
It’s not surprising, then, that this administration—like all those that preceded it since 1986—will again fall short of solving this deeply-entrenched conflict.
Where do our candidates stand on China and the West Philippine Sea?
by Lila Ramos Shahani - January 31, 2016 - 9:00am
As the campaign season kicks into high gear, several issues, scandals and assorted gossip have hogged the headlines, while other equally pressing matters have dropped out of view. 
Legacies of war: Comfort women continue their struggle
by Lila Ramos Shahani - January 24, 2016 - 9:00am
What about our lolas (grandmas), the Filipina comfort women who endured decades of neglect on their own? How far from “victory” are they? And how has the Philippine government helped...
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