RACHEL A.G. REYES, TMT

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WHAT does it mean to be loyal to President Duterte? I have been thinking a lot lately about trust and loyalty. Within one’s personal life, these are unequivocal virtues and deservedly praised. Friendship maybe strengthened by tests, made or broken by trials, but friendship is primarily about fidelity, trustworthiness and…

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ON March 14, President Duterte pulled out the Philippines from the International Criminal Court (ICC). It will be a date that historians will forever cite as the watershed moment when Duterte’s government fully, formally and unequivocally embraced impunity. From hereon, the government has proclaimed its crimes to be exempt from…

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‘TOXIC masculinity’ is a vivid, angry phrase steeped in irony. It fuses the poisonous and environmentally pernicious with a noble term—masculinity—richly evocative of such idealized manly attributes as virility and toughness. American psychologists have conjoined the two to describe the aspects of male behavior that do harm to men, others…

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HIS joke starts with the generals. “The generals don’t even go to war anymore. They just call ‘OK, fight well’.” President Rodrigo Duterte is speaking before a roomful of military men and former communist fighters, of whom a good number are women. His joke hangs on an imaginary conversation between…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s reaction to last week’s decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open a preliminary examination of the drug war killings, was like a pin-ball, bouncing between thuggish bravado, paranoia, and certifiable delusion. Mostly, though, it was his brand of dangerous nationalist demagoguery that was on show.…

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“SAY Duterte!” she yells and raises her fist. “You know, Philippines? Duterte? President?” Mocha Uson, the controversial Presidential Communications assistant secretary, is sounding just a touch aggressive. The man she is talking to grins affably and hands her a rose. It’s a cold night out on the streets of Milan,…

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