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Roxas, making up for one bad call

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Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

To many, Mar Roxas’ presidential ambition is a given. I think, however, that a certain ambivalence attends his desire to occupy the one office that exceeded his father’s grasp. My Exhibit A is Roxas’ failure to run for a Senate seat last year.

Posted: August 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Ideological shortcuts

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Sociologist Herbert Docena’s characteristically astute reply to last week’s column is too long to fit into the Letters page; I am happy to use this space to run it in full. My comments follow:

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

Is there corruption without personal gain?

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The scholar Herbert Docena wrote something truly provocative in these pages two or so weeks ago. He asked whether there was any difference between “the schemes cooked up by the likes of Sexy, Pogi, or Tanda” and President Aquino’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). In his view, both were forms of corruption, even though only the plunder allegedly committed by the likes of Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla and Juan Ponce Enrile involved personal gain.

Posted: August 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

7 theses in the wake of Aquino’s outburst

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The law is too important to be left to lawyers alone. Every citizen has the right to join a discussion involving legal issues, especially if the Constitution is at the heart of it. I am certain

Posted: July 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

DAP and its consequences

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I will hazard one reason why only the youth groups associated with the militant Left filed a plunder case against Budget Secretary Butch Abad last week; when the gaping hole at the center of their case becomes obvious even to reporters who are not lawyers, the complainants can always hide behind their mistake by pleading the exuberance of youth.

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

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