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Balangiga—a deer among cattle

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Sadly the problems in 1901 were common to those of other towns, but only the people of Balangiga responded so intensely. Someone or something had given them a sharper sense of injustice.

Posted: September 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Battling hopelessness

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Pope Francis was recently asked by a reporter, as he flew back from South Korea to Rome, to comment on the US bombing of Isis forces in Iraq. The Pope gave a careful answer: “It is permissible to resist evil… but bombing isn’t the only response.” The discussion stopped there, though we would love to know what alternatives the Pope had in mind. How do we resist evil on such a scale in a nonviolent manner?

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

Meetings for the Pope

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The shelter program for the survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” has turned into another Tower of Babel, but it is not God’s doing this time. Many different groups, government and NGOs, local and foreign, argue over every aspect of the work: Where should the new houses be built; will they be permanent or temporary; are there jobs in the relocation area; is the presence of jobs an absolute necessity, and many other related questions.

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

Seven brave women

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Late last month I sat around a table in our office with seven women from the Slip Zero area of Tondo, a rundown, 1.2-hectare patch of land between the huge Parola slum and the North Harbor piers.

Posted: August 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Jesse Robredo remembered—with affection

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When Jesse Robredo’s plane crashed into the sea off Masbate in August two years ago, we saw a surge of genuine sorrow in the country from all types of people, from the urban poor to people like Archbishop Leonardo Legaspi, OP, who was archbishop of Naga all the years that Jesse was mayor of that city. In the words of Angel Ojastro, a close associate of Jesse, Legaspi “mourned for Jesse as a father for his son.” President Aquino spent days in the crash area, realizing perhaps that he had lost one of the most dedicated members of his team—maybe, the most dedicated. Jesse is still remembered fondly.

Posted: July 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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