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Abolish NGOs

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It has been weeks since Supertyphoon “Yolanda” swept across central Philippines, and left in its wake an unbelievably so vast and shocking swath of death, destruction and devastation it has become a stuff for movies like “2012.” But very, very conspicuous by their absence are the usual suspects who swarm over disaster areas like flies [...]

Posted: December 8th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Fearful forecast

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The entire planet is in turmoil.

Posted: November 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Full circle

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The latest reports from Zamboanga City indicate that its all over.

Posted: September 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Janet in living color

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I was among the millions of TV viewers who watched the screen, transfixed, as Janet Lim-Napoles, suspected mastermind in the P10-billion, 10-year-old NGO scam that has shocked the whole country, was ruthlessly followed by the unforgiving camera through the standard police booking procedures. It was a sight to behold.

Posted: September 1st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The clown of many masks

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Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nurullaji Misuari (the real name of Nur Misuari) was recently reported to have declared “independence” of a “Bangsamoro Repulik” from the Republic of the Philippines, on the basis of his decades-old, historical narrative of a free territory and free people alternately subjugated and oppressed in every way by superior Western powers.

Posted: August 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

On being a Muslim: The other side of discrimination

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Recently I had an interesting, although depressing, talk with a female CPA-engineer from Iligan City who could not hold down a job because she was being driven out of good, high-paying jobs in Metro Manila, which I found quite unusual as she impressed me as being very intelligent and well read.

Posted: August 10th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Morning song and other sounds

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“In this world of overrated pleasures and underrated treasures” (from the song “I’m Glad There is You”), the most beautiful experience is to start your day at 4 o’clock in the morning, have a mug of brewed coffee, and go up to a rooftop to wait for the break of dawn and to say your [...]

Posted: August 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Listen

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In the movie version of the Broadway musical “Paint Your Wagon,” the character, played by a young and very handsome Clint Eastwood (he had a good singing voice, too), complained that although he talked to the trees they didn’t listen to him.

Posted: July 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Ciudad de Latino’

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Some years ago, Zamboanga City declared itself the “Latin City” of the country amid objections from some sectors. They argued that historically, it was the seat of government of the “Moro Province” that encompassed the entire Sulu Archipelago, Basilan, the Zamboanga Peninsula and mainland Mindanao. It was therefore “Moroland,” and through no stretch of the imagination could it ever be a “Latin City.”

Posted: June 23rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Slaying windmills in wonderland

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Reading accounts of early travelers to Sulu, one cannot help but note a common impression among these chroniclers: enchantment.

Posted: May 26th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Candle in the wilderness

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On the eve of the elections, I received a copy of a proposed action plan for the Regional Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). It was prepared by a young Tausug.

Posted: May 12th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The dollars and sense of it

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At no time since its foundation in the 15th century has the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo been so much in the news.

Posted: April 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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