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Badjao in the ‘bukid’

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As of last count, there were 3,648 signatories to the online petition. To reach 5,000, only 1,352 are needed by Change.org, the world’s largest petition platform, using technology to empower more than 40 million users “to create the change they want to see.” In the Philippines, the Change.org campaigns director is journalist Inday Espina Varona. Thanks to her, participatory democracy and change have become intertwined at the flick of a finger.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Lying at the Pope’s expense

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There are two ways of reading the meeting of Pope Francis and US President Barack Obama at the Vatican. The first is to read it as it actually happened, and that is what the terse communiqué from the Holy See did. The second is to read it from one’s bias, and that is what Obama himself did.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The next arena

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Think of 81 provinces, 140 cities, 1,494 municipalities and 42,026 villages. Think that every day, thievery is going on in all these geopolitical subdivisions. Janet Lim Napoles may yet come out as a drop in the bucket.

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

An out-of-the-box cardinal

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The archbishop was away from his see on the day of my visit. He was speaker at a conference in Malaysia.

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

‘Typhoon-free’ Mindanao?

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By now it has become a comical refrain. But we can only understand how history, a discipline that entails hours of documentary research, eludes many of our government functionaries and even opinion writers.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Child of history

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She came out like a star diversion during the Corona impeachment trial, yet a celebrity she had not wanted to be. She simply wanted to speak the truth, knowing she was at life’s twilight. For the truth she knew was first-hand and was held by no other.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Samar-Leyte more than thrice

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Ambeth Ocampo’s lament is right. We never learn from the lessons of history. It appears that Tacloban was hit by a storm surge twice in the past, in 1897 and 1902, when remarkable typhoons were said to have lashed the place. The Eastern Visayan historian Rolando Borinaga, whose family survived “Yolanda,” is also uncovering data [...]

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

An irrelevant president

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This was not just a case of shoulda, woulda and coulda. And Anderson Cooper had nothing to do with it. Notice that even Philippine media reported similarly. Even without CNN (add to that BBC and Al Jazeera) and the commentaries, the cries from the hungry and homeless survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in Tacloban sounded more than pleading, to say the least.

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

NCTs

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He is probably the only one left who still doesn’t know that the acronym DAP has taken on a new meaning—Drilon, Abad, P-Noy. So who cares about President Aquino’s selfie speech of Oct. 30?

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

17 words

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“If we let ourselves be drawn into these discussions, the Church is then identified with certain commandments or prohibitions; we give the impression that we are moralists with a few somewhat antiquated convictions, and not even a hint of the true greatness of the faith appears. I therefore consider it essential always to highlight the greatness of our faith—a commitment from which we must not allow such situations to divert us.”

Posted: October 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Hidden transcripts

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Are things being left unsaid of the pork barrel scam because of lack of evidence? Or are there those that are deliberately left unsaid?

Posted: September 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Two sides of the heritage coin

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Lost in the maelstrom of the P10-billion pork barrel scandal is a name rightly or wrongly associated with heritage preservation in the Philippines. News pundits are probably raring to pin him down because he is the brother-in-law of the “little president.

Posted: September 8th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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