Duty-bound

IT’S BEEN ON his mind since the campaign, and he clearly means to do it. On October 13, a peeved Rodrigo Duterte again threatened to declare a revolutionary government, this time to deal with “destabilizers” once and for all. On his Facebook wall, former solicitor general Florin Hilbay cited the legal definition of a revolutionary government, then qualified it with this caution: “In the

Dealing With Bullies

GROWING UP, I was taught that the noble spirit soars. It puts others above self, exalts excellence, and defends righteousness for the benefit of all. I understood how idealistic that was, but therein lay its beauty: ideals transcend us and invite aspiration; they beckon us and we dream. The nearer a person achieves the ideal, the greater the social

“They have forgotten about him.”

“THEY HAVE FORGOTTEN about him,” says Luzviminda Siapo. She was talking about her 19-year old son, Raymart, who was abducted and murdered on March 29, 2017 by 14 hooded and masked men. The boy was disabled. He had club feet, but witnesses say that his killers ordered him to run. Confused and afraid, Raymart merely

Desensitization

ONE WORD I learned during martial law was “desensitization.” It explained the people’s apparent indifference to the piles of uncollected garbage in the streets; to the masses of underclad, undernourished children in the slums; to the very slums themselves, which were conveniently wrapped in brightly painted walls whenever a foreign dignitary was in town. It helped me