Today was my first time to commute to work since this lockdown started. I was nervous, of course, but I was amazed at the level of discipline demonstrated by everyone I met from home to office. Buses, jeepneys, and tricycles, strictly operating at limited capacity, put up plastic dividers to ensure commuters’ physical distancing. Businesses, big or small, provided temperature checks and sanitizer sprays. My office required workers to bring and wear slippers before coming inside the building. Everyone I met, wearing face masks of any kind, complied. In many respects, I can compare this level of discipline to that…


Online polls have become a very convenient and popular strategy for gathering data. After all, online survey forms are easy to create, with the help of free applications such as Google Forms and Survey Monkey. They do not require a sampling frame, which is almost impossible to obtain anyway. The internet’s blanket of anonymity and the absence of a human interviewer, such as in grievance or feedback forms, may also encourage respondents to be more vocal about their opinions. Online surveys can reach unique and hesitant populations for more sensitive topics such as health, sexuality, and religion (Wright, 2017). …


There are at least three occasions in which Metro Manila cannot casually hide the poor in plain sight: local elections, national elections, and a global pandemic. While all are catastrophic in their own right, the virus and the lockdown have proven exceptionally disastrous for at least 4.5 million informal settlers in the nation’s capital, whose livelihoods have been paralyzed by the now eight-week-long lockdown and who now face a humanitarian crisis.

And yet, such is not the motivation of the government for institutionalizing in the middle of a pandemic the Balik-Probinsya Program (BP2), a policy that “reverses” the migration of…


Building a clear alternative to the system entails engaging, consolidating, and organizing the angry mob, and turning this movement into a radical front imperative in achieving the revolution. (Photo from sniggle.net)

The Eiffel Tower is dim in comparison to the Gilets jaunes or the yellow vests that have filled the streets of France for four weeks now. All romance has left Paris. There is only rage in the torching of cars and buildings, in the defacement of the city’s landmarks and structures, and in the marching of 282,000 French protesters who live on the country’s margins.

In response, the French government led by President Emmanuel Macron has ordered the deployment of 90,000 police men, the arrest of almost 3,000 protesters, and the suspension of the fuel tax — the policy which…


One of my most cherished childhood photos with my brother and sister, plus our fighting pets.

“Only you know what this means.”

The manggagamot, a young Masbatena in her early 30s, gave me a sinister look and pointed to what looked like an umbilical cord, which extended from the object formed out of melting the candle. I looked at my parents, perplexed and ashamed for no clear reason. What of all my secrets could match the faith healer’s interpretation of the thing: an angel, she said, but which also resembled a praying fetus?

I was already feeling uneasy. The manggagamot was, of course, insinuating that my deepest secret was a child of my own, and my…

Sanny Domingo Afable

I am a data analyst by profession and a frustrated writer at heart. I believe in the necessity of the revolution and the power of post-coffee naps.

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