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Coup d’etat

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The phrase “coup d’etat” is of French origin and means “a blow against the State.” It consists of sudden and decisive strokes, usually unconstitutional, and at times accompanied by violence by which the existing structure of government is drastically altered.

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

AFP pensioners deserve respect

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Last week I wrote about the tsunami that hit the province of Aceh in Indonesia in December 2004. Although the effects of the tsunami were felt in other countries in the region, Aceh was the worst-hit with fatalities of close to 200,000 people.

Posted: December 1st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A sense of urgency

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The latest incursion into Philippine territory by Chinese warships and fishing vessels has been at Ayungin Shoal in the Spratlys, one of hundreds of islands, reefs and atolls in the archipelago.

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

The fight continues

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Three years ago, I wrote a column titled “Two injustices, different endings.” The first injustice had to do with the treatment of Filipino war veterans who served in the US Armed Forces at the outbreak of the Pacific War in 1941. Alongside US soldiers, the Filipinos fought with loyalty and determination even when the white […]

Posted: February 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

December events

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My recollection of Dec. 8, 1941, was going to Mass at the Baguio Cathedral, accompanied by an aunt, a deeply religious woman with a special devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Just as we were leaving the church, I saw a low-flying, single engine airplane with a large red dot on its wings and fuselage. The plane flew so low and at relatively slow speed such that I could make out the image of the pilot in his open cockpit. It was the first time I had actually seen a plane in flight and for a 7-year-old boy, the experience would remain etched in memory for many years to come.

Posted: December 16th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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