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Misalignment in education?

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Let a thousand flowers bloom! With the end of the academic year, it is harvest time again for colleges and universities. Over 550,000 graduates are hoping they will not be left withering on the vine.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Politically motivated’

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Following Ruby Tuason’s appearance at the Senate to speak on the Napoles pork barrel scam, Vice President Jejomar Binay questioned her enlistment in the government’s Witness Protection Program, dismissing as a “dud,” not a “slam-dunk,” the testimony she could provide.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Valuing senators

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Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago estimates that senators legally get P1.4 million a month in compensation and allowances. What do we get? Lately, allegations that some senators get much, much more in criminal pork barrel scams and serious questions about the integrity of the institution.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Limits to authority

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The Napoles/Malampaya corruption cases that erupted last  year exposed criminal abuse of power by elected officials. By comparison, the forcible exit from a restricted Dasmariñas Village gate by the convoy of Makati Mayor Junjun Binay and Sen. Nancy Binay was small potatoes. But it offers an apt, year-end summary of issues at the root of [...]

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

Practicing political patronage

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The Supreme Court decision declaring unconstitutional the Priority Development Assistance Fund and similar arrangements paves the way for the radical restructuring of legislative-executive relations. Alas, it will not create a totally and permanently corrupt-free government.

Posted: December 6th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Casino democracy

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The title I owe to Benedict Anderson, the eminent scholar of Southeast Asian history and politics. Studying the electoral landscape, Anderson described the Philippine system as “politics in a well-run casino.”

Posted: November 9th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

DAP: thinking in time

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Technology has given us wristwatches that tell time within a fraction of a second. This has not necessarily made us more punctual in our habits. Often, we still have to guess the duration of a given “Filipino time” or, more common regionally, “rubber time.”

Posted: November 2nd, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The ‘Peanut Butter Defense’

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Senator Jinggoy Estrada wasted few of the 6,000-plus words in his privilege speech on the Senate floor to refute the plunder charges filed against him in the Office of the Ombudsman. He forfeited, therefore, the chance that he claimed he was denied “to confront the evidence.”

Posted: October 5th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Enrile legacy?

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Senator Juan Ponce Enrile (JPE) achieved a moment of historical redemption for his role in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona. A short one. He overreached by trying to rewrite history in his autobiography, which only underlined his complicity in the martial law regime.

Posted: September 6th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Thinking about pork

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Can Asians think? Evasive statements from parties implicated in the alleged pork barrel scam recalled the book of Kishore Mhabubani, former Singapore ambassador to the United Nations and now dean of the LKY School of Public Policy. The alleged scammers apparently believe that Filipinos cannot think.

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Uprooted

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The 1988 report of the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues used “Uprooted” to describe individuals and communities displaced from their original areas of settlement. With Nippon Foundation support, Prince Hassan bin Talal, a member of the commission, convened last month the 5th West Asia North Africa (WANA) Forum to revisit the issue.

Posted: July 5th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

License to practice

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The midterm elections gave fresh college graduates a momentary distraction from the overriding concern: landing a job. For many still unemployed, finding employment proper to their degrees requires surmounting another hurdle: passing government licensure examinations.

Posted: May 31st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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