Erlie Lopez

A Filipino residing in the Philippines. Public Relations strategic consultant and writer. Founder and former head of a PR agency with Asia-Pacific ties. Occasional contributing writer in local publications. Environment advocate.

Philippine Election 2022: Church and State in Dissonance #3

Article II, Section 6 of the Philippine Constitution states that the separation of the Church and State is inviolable. The principle first appeared in the Malolos Constitution of 1899 which was later on sustained in several amendments. Framers must have…

Philippine Election 2022: People Power in Pink #2

Pink, whether it is a fashion color for women that bloomed in Europe in the 1700s or a health color for the breast cancer awareness campaign throughout October (from 1985 in the United States till it became international), it largely…

Philippine Election 2022: Authoritarianism issue back on the table #1

It’s now officially presidential election season in the Philippines with the filing of the certificate of candidacy done October 1-8, candidate substitution allowed till November 15, and nationwide voting on May 9, 2022 (the second Monday of May, every six…

A Legacy of Straight-Path Governance

Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III, 15th president of the Philippines (2010-2016), may be said to have entered Philippine politics through doors opened accidentally by iconic parents – the assassinated democratic champion during the martial law regime of Ferdinand Marcos and…

Community Pantry: Givers and takers one against the virus (Part 2)

FEATURE         All it took was one cart on a sidewalk filled with vegetables, fruits, rice, eggs, canned food, and other stuff to prevent or fight the onslaught of covid-19. And the scribbled message in Pilipino on…

Community Pantry: One makeshift set-up that has captured the Filipinos’ hearts

FEATURE         Thirteen months after the Covid-19 outbreak in the Philippines and as cases surged, a new kind of morning greeted a middle-class neighborhood in Teachers Village, Quezon City that April 14 which pleasantly surprised a mix…

Media Shutdown During a Pandemic

It was as if the pandemic Covid-19 was not yet inflicting enough deadly harm and threat to a population of over 110 million and a nightmarish uncertainty on an economy still lagging behind in the Asian region. . . It…

Taunting Democracy at start of Philippine Election Season

The election season has just begun in the Philippines with the four-day filing of the Certificate of Candidacy at the Commission on Election (Comelec) by aspirants for senators, congress representatives, and some local seats. All the way to D Day…

“God” sparks Division between a President and Citizens

In a summit on national communication and information technology in Davao, southern Philippines on June 22, President Rodrigo Duterte digressed to the unlikeliest of topics: Creation. And rambled in a booming voice: “Who is this stupid God? He is really…