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Stop bizarre and bloody Good Friday rituals

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The Philippines has so many Holy Week rituals that many foreigners find quaint, even strange. In fact, a couple of them have become outright attractions.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A Holy Week vacation I can never forget

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This is that time of the year when the temperature sizzles that one thinks of the great wide open spaces out there where cool breezes blow, and sand, surf, sea and sun meet.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Battle for RH Law still not over

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The Supreme Court finally handed down its decision on the Reproductive Health Law, and it made both sides happy. The law was declared “not unconstitutional.” At the same time, the high court struck down eight provisions that the anti-RH camp had questioned, including those that would penalize health workers and religious facilities who refuse to enforce the law. It was a win-win solution for all, with the two camps claiming victory.

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

Avoid Edsa on Holy Week

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The infernal traffic jam that motorists of Metro Manila and surrounding areas have to suffer daily was the subject of last Monday’s Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel. The guests were representatives of the Metro Manila Development Authority (Director Neomie Recio and engineer Emil Llavon of the Traffic Engineering Center, Gen. Frank Manalo of the Traffic Discipline Office, and Tina Velasco of the office of MMDA Chair Francis Tolentino) and of the Light Rail Transit Authority (Hernando T. Cabrera, corporate board secretary, and Annabelle Gananciel, manager of the business development and public relations department).

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Gloria Arroyo should be granted bail, says former law dean

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Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should be allowed to post bail. This is the opinion of Antonio Abad, former law dean of the Far Eastern University. Why?

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Relocate Pandacan oil depot in Manila Bay

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You can be sure that land developers are now salivating and preparing to bid for the Pandacan oil depot once the Big 3 oil companies—Petron, Shell and Chevron—leave it in 2016. It is a big piece of prime real estate. Imagine the transformation of Pandacan once the shopping malls and condominium buildings rise on it.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

No deal on Sabah issue, gov’t panel says

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The issue of Sabah was not discussed during the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, with Malaysia as referee. This was the assurance given by members of the government panel to journalists at the Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel last Monday. The panel members at the Kapihan were chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and members Senen Bacani (a former agriculture secretary) and Yasmin Busran Lao.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What will happen to PH ownership of Sabah?

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The comprehensive peace agreement signed by the national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is not so comprehensive after all. It raised more questions to which there are no clear answers yet.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Woodsman, please spare those trees

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What is the Department of Environment and Natural Resources doing?

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Rough road ahead for Bangsamoro constitution

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Tomorrow the peace panels of the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will sign the basic agreement that will formally end the decades-long “war” in Mindanao. That will not be the end of it, however.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The next Boracay

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It will be officially summer a week from now, and Holy Week two weeks later when the annual exodus to the provinces and the resorts begins.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Water concessionaires collecting in advance

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It is not only Meralco that is overcharging its customers.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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