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On 'distraction'

A recap: 14 thoughts (or tweets) on the “God is stupid” issue, the “Catholic veto,” and on the attention economy.

Some important people I follow see Duterte’s attacks on ‘God’ and on Catholic doctrine/practice as a “distraction.” IMHO this is wrong on two counts: the attacks are truly offensive to a large group, and they seek to undermine a potential threat to him: the Church.

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'All governments lie': 15 theses

I took part in The Political Science Forum at the University of Santo Tomas on February 23, 2018; my jump-off point for discussion was the following set of 15 theses (since slightly edited). 233 more words

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Column: What are we in 'werpa' for?

Column No. 465, published on October 24, 2017. I argue that the Duterte administration is trying to “capture total control of the political infrastructure,” and point to five worrying developments. 843 more words

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Column: Digong, 'pataka'

Had fun writing this analysis of President Duterte’s rhetoric from a Bisaya perspective. The comments on the website and on Facebook  (well, many of them) were fun to read too. 761 more words

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Column: Death and Duterte

Published on October 10, 2017.

The drop in President Duterte’s satisfaction ratings was almost across the board — except in Mindanao, and in the ABC socioeconomic demographic. 739 more words

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Column: Justice for Leila is justice for all

When I saw the news release (available on the Senate website), announcing Sen. Leila de Lima’s selection as Amnesty International’s “Most Distinguished Human Rights Defender,” I thought it was a good time to finally upload this column, originally published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on October 3, 2017.  751 more words

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“Pero sir, kailangan pa ba ang mga abogado ngayon [But, sir, do we still need lawyers today]?"

It was expected. My own sources told me it was inevitable. And yet when the news broke, half an hour or so ago, that the Supreme Court had removed Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno from office by granting the quo warranto petition against her, I was still staggered by the enormity of it all. 706 more words

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