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Perspectives

Crippled country and its justice system

MORE FILIPINOS are becoming uneasy over the current administration’s “war against illegal drugs.” In a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations from June 23 to 26, 41 percent of the 1,200 respondents said they were “very worried” that they or someone they know would be a victim of summary …

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Blind, deaf, but never mute

IN OUR democracy, the privilege of expressing our concerns has always been on a green light. It is never impeded until now. The current administration, as we see vividly, has expressed its abhorrence over the nationwide abuse of drugs, which has drawn flak from the dichotomy of political entities on …

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Setting the bar higher

DISSATISFACTION WITH a candidate’s platforms is just one of the factors that would make a voter consider other options in a ballot. But what if the other candidates still seem unfit for the position they are running for in the student council? The voters would rather opt to abstain or …

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Neu Roses: Continuing Conversations

IT HAS been a year since the Department of Health officially launched a national hotline that will provide help to people with mental health concerns. The project is called HOPELINE, a 24/7 crisis support hotline for depression and suicide prevention. People behind the phone are trained by professional psychiatrists and …

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On Lack of Discourse on Certain Things

THE TRAIN stops at my station and I move along with the crowd that walked like zombies. But I forgive them; it was a long day after all. The streets around Tayuman station is always busy even at night. Vendors who sell goods are littering the streets, and stores are …

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Best bad decisions

I have a history of bad decisions. In a little town where most people tend to pursue teaching or tourism in college, I stood out when I wrote that I wanted to become a journalist in our class yearbook. I was dead serious. I had to get out of Lupao—where …

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The (Strange) Girl in the Jeepney

I’d like to think I relate to Rachel Watson, the protagonist in Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train, on a certain level. In the novel, Rachel creates her own story of a couple she sees every day who lives just a few houses down her old home. In the …

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The Moth and the Flame

Before stepping into college I fell into an illusion that I was good enough to enter a university I had set my eyes on ever since. But, that illusion came to an end when I failed its famous admission test. I felt like a failure, not just to myself but …

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To more empowered Artlets

The deadline of submission of the final column has already passed, and I was still squeezing myself to put my vague and mixed feelings into words. Writer’s block, they said. I hate it when it happens at crucial moments. Bahala na. With this column as the mark of my departure …

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Awake

I admit I am at a loss for words for a proper goodbye. This column was already way past its deadline. For an unknown reason, I could not seem to find anything to share on my last chance to write this column. I could not choose what memory or lesson …

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