Opinion

Should we lower the age of criminal liability?

QUEZON City, Philippines (June 16) – The subject of mixed opinions and sparking much debate, the issue of the government’s proposition to lower the age of criminal liability in the Philippines from 15 years old to 9 years old is one of the most important proposals by the Duterte administration. Basically, the question boils down to: “Should kids as young as 9 years old be held accountable for their actions?” Many parents would agree that their child […]

Mind over poverty

QUEZON City, Philippines (June 14) – Half of Filipinos, or 50 percent, consider themselves poor, according to the results of a new Social Weather Stations survey. If we do not have a sufficient amount needed to fulfill our dreams or even manage our daily needs, we consider ourselves poor. Why? A person can be poor not only because he or she has no money. A person can be poor not only because he or she is not able […]

Social media vs interpersonal communication

QUEZON City, Philippines (June 13) – Interpersonal communication is constantly evolving.  As schedules grow more hectic, many interpersonal interactions are now done with the use of social media.   Although face-to-face interactions will never really go away, social media has greatly affected how we communicate, share and connect. In the age of technology, one is no longer required to be in the same room or even in the same country with the person they are […]

Harassment, compliment and the thin line between

QUEZON City, Philippines – A recent study revealed that women across the world feel unsafe when taking public transport and walking around the city because sexual harassment in public has already became an everyday occurrence. While some cities here in the metro take a tougher stand against sexual harassment, sadly the number of incidents remain high. The SWS survey conducted last February 2016 showed that there are still men out there who have problems controlling their urges. […]

Free higher education, is it possible?

QUEZON City, Philippines – Should every Filipino have a right to higher education?  Should higher education be free? If ever free college education becomes possible, it should be given without regard for the student’s financial background.   Why? Because everyone deserves an opportunity to have a college education. An opportunity to become whatever they dream to be. College education is a necessity in today’s society because without a college degree, it would be very hard to get […]

New media and the increasing violence in our society

QUEZON City, Philippines – It is a sad fact that violence continues to increase in our society. And one of the major factors causing that increase is the development of new technology and with it, new ways of communication. New technology gave birth to new forms of mass media, which in turn radically change how we receive and perceive information. New media is the term used to refer to vehicles that allow us to receive information […]

How martial law in the Philippines affects a Filipino-American in Las Vegas; says she supports the martial law declaration

  (Eagle News) – A Filipino-American interviewed by the Eagle News Bureau in Las Vegas explains how she is in favor of the martial law declaration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Mindanao. “Right now, we have to support the President over there,” said Nan Sta. Maria. “That’s the thing we can only do.  And of course, pray for them,” she said. Sta. Maria said she felt sad about the situation in Mindanao, particularly in […]

How to impeach your impeachable official

QUEZON City, Philippines (May 20) – Planning to impeach an impeachable official? Better do it properly so it will not be dismissed due to a technicality. But first, what is the process of impeachment? Impeachment has been defined as the method of national inquest into the conduct of public men. Its purpose is to protect the people from official delinquencies or malfeasance. Impeachment is primarily intended for the protection of the State, not for the punishment […]

To vape or not to vape…

QUEZON City, Philippines (May 21) – To vape or not to vape… that is the question in the minds of those craving for their nicotine fix. This especially after President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order No. 26, banning the smoking of tobacco products in public places, except in designated public areas. But what is vaping? Vaping means smoking an electronic cigarette or an e-cigarette. An electronic cigarette is a hand-held electronic device that creates an […]

“Who doesn’t love baby Groot?”

QUEZON City, Philippines – Grossing $509 million worldwide, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the fifth highest- grossing film of 2017. And it’s all thanks to baby Groot. Ever since the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie was shown in 2014, Marvel fanatics have been anticipating its follow-up. And the sequel has pretty big shoes to fill because the first movie has that perfect measure of camp, cheesiness and comedy plus lots of amazing […]

Enough is enough – random thoughts about Kadamay

QUEZON City, Philippines – Recently making the rounds in social media sites are funny and hilarious edits about the rally held by the Kadamay group. Netizens exercised their creativity in thinking up witty and comedic slogans for the group. But behind the wit and the humor, we have the feeling that the joke – as it is – is more than half-meant. For those of you who are blissfully unaware, Kadamay stands for “Kalipunan ng […]

13 Reasons Why – I need to write this.

QUEZON  City, Philippines – “This is Hannah. Hannah Baker.” Such a simple line but it has a big impact, especially after learning that it was written by a girl who committed suicide. And that is the story of arguably one of the most controversial TV series today, 13 Reasons Why. If you haven’t watched the series yet, I give this ample warning. The series may trigger negative feelings and if you are easily influenced, you […]