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‘I am listening’
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - July 24, 2024 - 12:00am
The third State of the Nation Address of President Marcos was remarkable not just for the issues that were mentioned, but for those that were left out.
State of poverty
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - July 22, 2024 - 12:00am
Whether she shows up or not at the State of the Nation Address today, Vice President Sara Duterte has become a focus of attention in President Marcos’ third SONA.
PhilHealth ‘savings’
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - July 19, 2024 - 12:00am
First they wanted to classify the contributions of public and private pensioners as surplus assets that could finance a sovereign wealth fund called the Maharlika.
Pass-through fees
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - July 17, 2024 - 12:00am
On Sept. 25 last year, President Marcos ordered a stop to the collection of various forms of fees from delivery vehicles for simply passing through any road that was not built by local governments.
Designated survivor
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - July 15, 2024 - 12:00am
If the statement had been given by someone other than a Duterte, it would have been quickly dismissed as a joke.
NIMBY
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - July 12, 2024 - 12:00am
Coming soon to a body of water near you: a modular nuclear reactor.
History lessons
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - July 10, 2024 - 12:00am
It looks like the Department of Education will be restoring Philippine History in the basic education curriculum.
Alternatives
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - July 8, 2024 - 12:00am
The filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2025 midterm elections is just three months away.
Discomfort rooms
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - July 5, 2024 - 12:00am
One thing I remember about Angara – the father, Edgardo, not the son: there was no running water in the restrooms of the College of Arts and Sciences when I started my academic life at the University of the...
Confusing the enemy
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - July 3, 2024 - 12:00am
Are they confusing the enemy, or are they simply confused?
Struck by lightning
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - July 1, 2024 - 12:00am
A thunderbolt is used as an icon for an idea. In this country, a thunderbolt can mean death.
Three-in-one
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - June 28, 2024 - 12:00am
Duterte here, a Duterte there, a Duterte everywhere.
Smart agriculture
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - June 26, 2024 - 12:00am
Agriculture in tiny Taiwan, with its land area of nearly 36,200 square kilometers just over a tenth that of the Philippines, will make the P20-a-kilo rice administration drool with envy.
Global isolation
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - June 24, 2024 - 12:00am
TAIPEI – Just across the Luzon Strait from Batanes is the southern tip of Taiwan, home to Kenting with its nature parks and ecotourism, and the city of Kaohsiung, which is positioning itself as a center for...
Chopsticks
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - June 21, 2024 - 12:00am
When Chung-kwang Tien was a kid, his father would take a chopstick and break it in front of the boy. Then the father would gather several chopsticks together and show how difficult it was to break the bunch all at...
Asymmetric self-defense
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - June 19, 2024 - 12:00am
Last Monday evening, the lines waiting to go up to Taiwan’s iconic Taipei 101 were long as usual.
To ban or regulate?
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - June 17, 2024 - 12:00am
Torture chambers. Uniforms with the markings of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. Foreign employees escaping from their workplaces, complaining of physical and sexual abuse apart from exploitative labor...
Crime and punishment
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - June 14, 2024 - 12:00am
There’s one aspect of K-drama that makes them so enjoyable: even the rich and powerful are held accountable for wrongdoing and punished.
Sing a song
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - June 12, 2024 - 12:00am
There’s a kiddie student I know who’s starting to sing her first songs other than “Happy Birthday.”
Preventive suspension
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - June 10, 2024 - 12:00am
Maybe it’s just me and my imagination, but there seems to be a creeping weaponization of a legal measure against opponents of those in power.
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