Assurances on ATA, COVID not enough
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - July 9, 2020 - 12:00am
President Duterte kept the nation waiting till past midnight Tuesday for his weekly message, only to recycle old assurances of protection against possible abuses under the new Anti-Terrorism Act and the continued...
Spotty info hobbles gov’t in ATA debate
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - July 7, 2020 - 12:00am
Administration officials are growing hoarse saying that if only critics of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 read the new law, they would appreciate how it could save them and the nation from organized enemies of the...
ATA ruling as pulpit for peace and unity
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - July 5, 2020 - 12:00am
The coming showdown at the Supreme Court over the Anti-Terrorism Act signed Friday by President Duterte will test not only the constitutionality of the draconian decree but also the capacity of the tribunal to help...
We top C-19 deaths per 1-M population
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - July 2, 2020 - 12:00am
The Philippines was in the limelight this week after being described in a press report as having the fastest-growing number of COVID-19 infections among the countries and territories in the Western Pacific Region...
Waiting for vaccine or herd immunity?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 30, 2020 - 12:00am
How many lives are we willing to lose to the coronavirus disease to achieve “herd immunity” which sets in when a large number (50-67 percent) of patients left standing have developed resistance from...
LGBT arrests hint of Terror Law flaws
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 28, 2020 - 12:00am
The Arrest of members of the LGBT community who were demonstrating near Malacañang on Friday may have given us a preview of disputes that could arise if/when the Anti-Terrorism Bill, which they were protesting,...
‘Millionaires, don’t steal!’
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 25, 2020 - 12:00am
Why is President Duterte covering with his left hand the orders that his right hand gave state investigators to clean up the dirt dulling the shine of the campaign against the coronavirus contagion that has infected...
Mix ‘modern’ PUJs with ancient bicycles
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 23, 2020 - 12:00am
The lords of Metro Manila are unleashing “modern” jeepneys in the national capital while also taking a giant backward step encouraging the use of bicycles on EDSA, the main artery of a dense metropolis...
SC showdown seen over anti-terror law
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 21, 2020 - 12:00am
The supreme Court looms as the final battleground where legal titans will clash over the Anti-Terrorism Act that President Duterte is expected to approve despite warnings that the law would place the country in a...
Tracing roots of odd Pinoy expressions
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 18, 2020 - 12:00am
You must have heard some unusual expressions from the old folks and may have wondered about their meanings and origins.
Ressa’s cyber libel conviction is scary
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 16, 2020 - 12:00am
To be honest, the cyber libel conviction yesterday of Rappler chief executive Maria Ressa and researcher-writer Reynaldo Reyes Jr. has set me worrying not really scared but worried about special-operations gravediggers...
Use crisis to elevate nation, not to sink it
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 14, 2020 - 12:00am
It is unfortunate that the Duterte regime appears to be using the coronavirus crisis to tighten its hold on an already repressed people instead of taking the contagion as an opportunity to elevate the nation to a...
ATB shifts burden of proof to accused
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 11, 2020 - 12:00am
The Anti-Terrorism Bill awaiting the signature of President Duterte is riddled with draconian provisions, including its shifting to the accused the burden of proving his innocence instead of the long-held rule that...
Constitution open to dual citizenship
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 9, 2020 - 12:00am
Many people have the mistaken notion that dual citizenship for Filipinos is legally questionable, that it is not allowed by the Constitution.
Raids fan opposition to counter-terror bill
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 7, 2020 - 12:00am
Swooping down on wide-awake campuses and rounding up protesters in full view of crowds toting smartphones and video cameras may not be the best way to promote the anti-terror bill that has aroused widespread op...
Duterte suspends VFA termination
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 4, 2020 - 12:00am
President Duterte’s changing his mind about terminating the Phl-US Visiting Forces Agreement 180 days after Feb. 11 was not entirely unexpected, but it still raised many questions. Even plain folk are asking...
Philippines tweets SpaceX: ‘Mabuhay!’
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 2, 2020 - 12:00am
While protesters were rioting in several cities to dramatize grievances that were raked up with the May 25 killing of a black American by a police officer in Minneapolis, a commercial US capsule was docking Sunday...
Another EDSA bus system experiment
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 31, 2020 - 12:00am
Experience a “New Abnormal” on Epifanio delos Santos Avenue starting tomorrow, the first day of another traffic experiment in the unending search for an efficient system for motor vehicles plying Metro...
Classes on August 24; listing set June 1-30
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 28, 2020 - 12:00am
Malacanang clarified yesterday that enrolment for public schools will proceed June 1 to 30, and that classes will start Aug. 24. Details are on the news pages.
Duterte, Duque can try China’s vaccines
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 26, 2020 - 12:00am
Having allowed the use of Filipinos in testing China-made vaccines for the coronavirus disease, President Duterte and Health Secretary Francisco Duque themselves should lead the local volunteers for the clinical...
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