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The subversive stitch

Signs of the times: I want a bike, I would rather be sewing and the children aren’t children any longer. The bike is an object of desire in its own right, but I’ve arrived at it as much because of circumstance as design. In London, before I left, I chanced …

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Anti-terror law alarms a wide range of groups

As of last Thursday, at least 16 petitions had already been filed before the Supreme Court, asking it to strike down the new Anti-Terrorism Act (RA 11479) – either in its entirety or several of its provisions assailed for their “vagueness” and “overbreadth/over-reach” – for violating the Constitution. The law, …

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Eggshells and tenterhooks

Fifty thousand years after we emerged from caves, we are sent scampering back, cowering. Home is supposed to be our castle but even health and security in our abodes can no longer be guaranteed. That indelible torture scene from the movie Marathon Man when Laurence Olivier as nazi dentist drills …

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The foreign student

Being a foreign student in the United Kingdom meant living on the proverbial shoestring. Along with the Malaysian and Singaporean students in Muirhead Hall at the University of Stirling, I went to the supermarket on our first day. I invited them to come along with me so we could make …

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Simple joys

Quarantine has helped many of us make realizations that have all boiled into what we call simple joys. We are thankful to wake up healthy and alive knowing that other people are suffering. I suppose, it’s all about counting our blessings. Many times I find myself hesitating from complaining about …

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Science and data

Whenever it comes to policy issues and problems related to efforts in containing the spread of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, science and data are repeatedly invoked as the guide and basis of whatever final decision is taken by President Rodrigo Duterte. In his most recent public address to …

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Incredible defense

This is another case of rape where the usual defense raised by the accused is that the victim willingly agreed to the sexual intercourse. So the accused contend that there can be no rape since no force or violence has been committed in order to have sex with the victim. …

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Unmasked!

Congratulations to all Filipinos who contributed to making us the second most compliant people in terms of wearing facemasks. Although we came in No. 2 to the Singaporeans, it must be said that in terms of land area, population Singapore does not come close. The fact that they are known …

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Granular

Twice in a row, Metro Manila escaped being returned to enhanced community quarantine by the skin of its teeth. This is because since late June the tally of coronavirus cases kept surging. To be sure, our response to this pandemic has not been perfect. We stumbled and scrambled. No one …

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