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IN 1898, at the birth of the Philippine republic, the United States press oppressed the new nation with its newly minted “yellow journalism.” One hundred nineteen years later, the US press is using on the Philippines today its newfangled weapon of “clickbait journalism.” The office of the…

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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…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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IS it light at the end of the tunnel? President Rodrigo Duterte’s advice to his Congress allies to lay off Vice President Leni Robredo, whom he would like to invite to dinner now, after Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano filed an impeachment complaint against him over the drug killings—assuming he…

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“Globalization”—beginning in the 1970s—has opened national markets, stimulated growth and lifted millions out of poverty. But the worldwide spread of jobs, goods and people has also had unintended—and unwelcome—consequences. The most poignant among these is the way globalization has made loneliness—that most intimate of heartaches—a public health concern. In the…

SUNDAY READ

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Go to a supermarket, and chances are many, if not most people there, even in Catholic Philippines, are among some five billion on the planet, including most Christians, who don’t believe the consecrated host and wine at mass is God Himself. Even believers who profess that the Almighty became a…

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First Read PONDER this: it is not President Duterte or Vice President Robredo who are on the defensive with the rush of impeachment complaints at the House of Representatives in the Congress. It is rather the Constitution that is on the rack. Before the fever passes, the Charter could have…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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THERE may be more than enough votes to impeach and convict Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, if and when President Rodrigo Duterte finally formalizes the marching orders against her in the House of Representatives, which has the exclusive power to initiate all impeachment cases, and the Senate, which has the sole…

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO UNPRECEDENTED IN PHILIPPINE JOURNALISM HISTORY

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THAT isn’t at all an exaggeration. It in fact happened yesterday, when the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) published as its most important article for the day—called the “banner headline”—an extremely biased New York Times (NYT) opinion piece disguised as a news story that was extremely condemnatory of President Duterte. Throwing…

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