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The embattled yet hopeful Duterte presidency

The presidency of Rodrigo R. Duterte has always been marred by conflict. From the beginning, it was unceasing, coming as if from all sides,...

Duterte: Declaring martial law ‘not feasible’

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday, June 7, said declaring martial law is “not feasible” because it will only “divide...

Toym’s Labyrinth

By Menchu Aquino Sarmiento Art Review Super Robot — Suffer Reboot May 11 to July 11 Bulwagan ng Dangal-Main Library, UP Diliman, Quezon City FOR 10-year-old Toym Imao, then...

Military: We’re getting ready for next Marawi siege

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is getting ready for another possible “warfare” in Mindanao, Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force Ranao Colonel...

Analysts take stock of Duterte’s ratings

By Arjay L. Balinbin The 2018 SWS Survey Review showed that President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s ratings in the previous year in almost all areas “are...

Sol-Gen cites public safety in defending martial law to SC

THE government’s top lawyer on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to deny the petitions assailing the extension of martial law in the whole...

Ex-human rights chair files petition seeking to nullify martial law extension

ANOTHER petition seeking to nullify the one-year extension of martial law and suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao was lodged before...

Marcos denies deal with government

FORMER SENATOR Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. on Tuesday denied knowledge of an alleged compromise agreement between the government and his family on their alleged...

Top officials ordered to comment on petition seeking to halt martial...

THE Philippines’ high tribunal ordered top government officials and lawmakers to comment on a petition seeking to stop the re-extension of martial law in...

UN experts: Abuses in Mindanao could intensify

GENEVA -- A Muslim indigenous community on the Philippine island of Mindanao has suffered widespread human rights abuses that could intensify with President Rodrigo...

SC sought for TRO on martial law in Mindanao

By Minde Nyl R. Dela Cruz OPPOSITION lawmakers petitioned the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Dec. 27, for a temporary restraining order (TRO) or a writ...

Congress approves 2nd martial law extension

WITH 240 votes in the affirmative and 27 in the negative, the two chambers of Congress approved a second extension of martial law in...

Congress sets Dec. 13 joint session on martial law

CONGRESS HAS set Wednesday, Dec. 13, for a joint session on President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s request to extend anew martial law and the suspension...

SWS poll: 54% agree, 30% disagree with martial-law extension in Mindanao

A NEWLY RELEASED snapshot of the Social Weather Stations’ Third Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey found that 54% of adult Filipinos agreed (31% strongly...

Davao under martial law

Text and photos by Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman, Reporter WHEN MARTIAL LAW was declared in Mindanao in May, the tourism and hospitality industry in Davao...

Mindanao to remain under martial law

MINDANAO, the Philippines’ second-largest island, will still remain under Martial Law, the Palace announced on Friday, days after President Rodrigo R. Duterte declared the...

September 21 rally a flop

Thousands of Filipinos went out to the streets last Sept. 21 in what may be considered the biggest demonstration of dissent to President Rodrigo...

How I see it

In 1972 I gave martial law a chance to prove itself. The first 2-3 years were peaceful and orderly that gave hopes to a promising...

Never again, but business as usual

No, it was not the non-working national holiday that some malicious minds thought was intended to celebrate, for the first time ever, the 45th...

Millennials: rendering judgment on martial law, choosing advocacies

THIS essay on martial law is particularly addressed to the millennials, although it is also for  the general audience. It is both a personal...

Martial law in Mindanao to be lifted after Marawi clearing operations,...

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte, on his fifth visit to Marawi last Thursday, said he will lift martial law in Mindanao once clearing operations are...

Defending freedom

The authoritarian path the Duterte administration is taking imposes on the Philippine press and media, as public service institutions, the duty to more vigilantly...

Duterte: Sept. 21 ‘day of protest’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday, Sept. 18, said he has declared Thursday, Sept. 21, as a “day of protest,” amid plans by his...

Lorenzana plays down Duterte’s remarks on nationwide martial law

WILL President Rodrigo R. Duterte declare martial law or a holiday on Sept. 21? Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana on Friday, Sept. 15, sought to...

On wanting to be a hero

Today, Sept. 11, is the 100th birth anniversary of the late dictator Ferdinand Edralin Marcos. That his birthday is grandly celebrated, and his death...

Lagman: SC lowered the bar in martial law decision

A DAY before Congress is set to deliberate on President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao until Dec. 31, 2017,...

Pernia sees ‘business as usual’ even with martial law extension

By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said he expects Mindanao to go about its business...

AFP may release martial law recommendation next week

By Raynan F. Javil Reporter THE Philippine military may release its recommendation on whether to extend or lift martial law in Mindanao as early as next...

Beyond the visual bluff is a strong message

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman ARTIST Mark Justiniani’s latest installation, called The Settlement, invites the audience into a mirrored room where 90% of what’s...

Never forget, never again

By Robert J.A. Basilio, Jr. Not every coffee-table book is offered free to the public. But this one is. Marcos Martial Law: Never Again by author, journalist,...

Recalling martial law’s ‘lifting’; FDI lesson still to be learned

1981 should have been a pivotal year for the Philippines that had been gripped by martial law for nine years before that regime ended...