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Excess and ostentation

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Leave it to us Filipinos to trivialize a serious occasion. President Benigno Aquino goes to Congress to report on his work and his audience turns the event into an over-the-top fashion show.   The President’s State of the Nation Address is an annual summing up of the executive branch’s accomplishments and plans. And yet every [...]

Posted: July 31st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What brain drain?

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Whenever a senior Filipino professional leaves to work abroad, alarm bells ring out and panic reigns across the land. There goes the talent, woe unto us! people cry out.

Posted: July 10th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A mentor to writers

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Raul S. Gonzalez, whose recent death the Inquirer reported (5/18/13), was truly an outstanding man of letters. He was a writer, editor, educator, public relations man, and mentor to many now-accomplished writers.

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Our Catch-22 politics

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The Commission on Elections’ odd decision to leave the candidates and the whole nation hanging in suspense with its sudden adjournment as a canvassing body on the night of Election Day “to take a much-needed rest” was a public relations blunder. It again opened the electoral process, particularly the counting, to doubt and speculation.

Posted: May 15th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What a December!

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It’s been a December that we Filipinos won’t soon forget.

Posted: December 30th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Who worries about crime?

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Recently, a Manila-based American executive found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and was killed by robbers at a 7-11 store. Not too long ago, a Dutch NGO worker was murdered after withdrawing money from a bank in Angeles City. Last year, an Italian missionary became the third priest from his congregation to be killed in Cotabato. A British MP’s money was recently stolen from a Quezon City hotel.

Posted: September 24th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Can Aquino tame Nature’s fury?

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In the aftermath of Tropical Storm “Ondoy” in 2009, local government units made a big show of dredging their drainage systems because experts had said that clogged sewers choked off the savage onrush of rainwater.

Posted: September 2nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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