RACHEL A.G. REYES, TMT

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WHEN one reaches certain advanced natal milestones, it is customary to humbly take stock of one’s life and meditate on the journey thus far. Not so for House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, the red-faced power-engorged proud philanderer from Mindanao, for whom the meaning of “quiet reflection,” I suspect, is a post-coital…

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ON June 30, 2016, just before 9p.m., Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Tondo to dine with some of the poorest families in the country. It was his inauguration night and rather than attend some lavish ball to celebrate his victory, Duterte chose to eat rice in the slums. When he spoke…

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In Almanac for Manileños, one of his most incandescent works, published almost 40 years ago, Nick Joaquin described December as the month “where all men are at home.” From the numerous feast days celebrating marriage, parenthood, and domestic idyll, to great historical events and festive food, Nick Joaquin’s exploration of…

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ISABELLE Duterte’s so-called “pre-debut” fashion shoot at Malacañan Palace was crass, vulgar, tasteless, and calculating. She was packaged as a glamorous debutante, hungry not for a husband, but for celebrity status and stardom. Ordinarily, I would have loved it. The shoot seemed to subvert the social ritual that formally marks…

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“HEARSAY,” to cite the Oxford English Dictionary, is “that which one hears or has heard someone say; information received by word of mouth, usually with implication that it is not trustworthy.” As a general principle, Philippine law excludes hearsay evidence. According to the Rules of Court, Section 36, Rule 130,…

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A REVOLUTIONARY government, President Duterte says, shuts down everything—Congress, the Supreme Court, and a free press. The Constitution is suspended. Should the President take this despotic step, it would call a convenient halt to all the current damning investigations into his bank accounts, and the alleged smuggling connections of his…

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ON the one hand, there is cause for celebration. With economic growth up by 6.9 percent, the Philippines has the fastest expanding economy in Asia. On the other hand, inflation has reached a three-year high and families are being squeezed by soaring food and fuel prices. Understandably, President Duterte’s economic…

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Reckless.Offensive. Callous. Misogynistic. Psychotic. Any of these words, and more, can be used to describe President Rodrigo Duterte’s gutter thinking and foul mouth. His latest tirade against former US President Barack Obama makes it clear, however, that “racist” needs to be added to the stinking mix. Taking potshots at politicians…

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