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Why Ninoy?

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Let me begin with a basic question: Is Ninoy Aquino a role model of good governance? Millions of Filipinos see him as a modern-day martyr and (as a 2011 Social Weather Stations survey reminded us) a genuine hero. But is he the sort of political figure who represents the ideal that a school of government should aspire to form, to graduate?

Posted: November 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Mabini in America

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Late in December 1899, an advertisement appeared in the pages of at least two New York newspapers. It was a notice that the January 1900 issue of the North American Review, a journal of letters and opinion pieces, was already on sale.

Posted: November 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Mr. Aquino’s comfort-zone presidency

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Shortly after President Aquino marked his 100th day in office, in 2010, I wrote a column attempting an analysis of the new commander in chief’s self-evidently well-defined sense of limits.

Posted: November 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Binay has clear advantage over Roxas’

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Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Vice President Jejomar Binay FILE PHOTOS

I see that my good friend, the eminent scholar Jojo Abinales, has written a deliberately provocative think piece. I think he would be delighted to learn that I disagree with him. He enjoys a good argument, and I will give it to him.

Posted: November 4th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Did Pope Francis lose the battle?

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I can understand the struggle-for-reform narrative that allows commentators to call the outcome of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on Pastoral Challenges to the Family a setback—but I doubt whether Pope Francis sees it that way.

Posted: October 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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