ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS

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RAPPLER is having a word war with Manila Times columnist Rigoberto Tiglao. In a news article first posted on September 13, 2016 and last updated on March 26, 2017,Rappler wrote: “There had been over 7,000 deaths linked to the ‘war on drugs’ – both from legitimate police operations and vigilante-style…

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THERE is one burial that I have to protest. There is a slow, but certainly deliberate, effort to bury the humanities and the social sciences. I am referring to the alarming global trend, which found its dramatic manifestation when the University Council of UP Diliman voted to reduce its General…

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I WAS going to take a break from politics, and write about the film “Beauty and the Beast.” But I could not help going back to the fact that the reason why I liked this Disney tale, compared to “The Little Mermaid,” is that its narrative is a compelling representation…

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THE betrayal could never have been more painful than when she revealed to the international community raw and unverified information alleging a serious matter which is damaging not only to the President but to the reputation of the entire country and every Filipino. What makes the betrayal more callous is…

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IT IS amazing how disdain can turn into pity, yet that is what I now feel towards Leni Robredo. She is one whose public narrative is cast as a transcript of a widow of an esteemed political brand, a devoted mother and wife, imaged as one that inherits a name…

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AT the University of Hawaii at Manoa, there used to be a building named after Stanley Porteus, a psychologist known for his cross-cultural research. That building has since been renamed Saunders Hall after protests were launched, pointing to the racist and sexist undertones of Porteus’ scholarly works. The naming of…

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THERE is so much vitriol spilling out in cyberspace that one has to wonder if we a have already lost our sense of shared self, or “kapwa.” Facebook pages are being mass-reported and taken down. Anonymous accounts are busy mass-reporting posts and accounts that are critical of political personalities, even…

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ROBREDO partisans can belittle the impact of #NagaLeaks until their faces turn blue, but they can never deny that the expose created a devastating dent on the mythology of Jesse Robredo. Speculations were thrown from all directions as to who could be the source of the leaks. Partisan apologists and…

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