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Bread and circuses

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These people of the lie dispense cakes heavily laced with the vanilla syrup of graft and corruption, following to the letter the exhortation of their 18th-century idol and icon to give the people cake to stuff their hungry mouths with, to make them think they are full and therefore happy, to silence them.

Posted: December 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The foolish fire of miseducation

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Classes in all Philippine public schools began as they usually do, indelibly and permanently marked by a pernicious shortage in almost all that is basic and elementary, needed and necessary, for schools to operate properly and well—classrooms, desks, teachers, toilets, a safe and clean supply of water, proper ventilation, and that heart and core of the entire teaching-learning process: textbooks.

Posted: June 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The voice of a cicada

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On some deserts and beaches around the world, dry sand will sometimes make a singing, squeaking, or whistling sound as wind passes over the dunes.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Leave a trail: where we’ve gone, what we did

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Not all children are young. One fine day, I found myself playing in the garden with children who are not my age, who are really young, moved by nothing but the gushing of the river of life in their veins.

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Dangerous idea

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The Department of Education recently announced a “new direction” in teaching Filipino students about the martial law years. Based on the reasoning that students tend to imbibe the biases of the authors of the history books they are using, they will no longer be told outright whether martial law was good or bad.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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