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Mommy D’s magic

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You’ve got to love Dionisia Pacquiao! Reports have it that the Pacman’s mother—the PacMom herself—garnered as much attention in the social media as her son during the televised coverage of Manny Pacquiao’s domination of Timothy Bradley in their championship fight.

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

Gloom, doom and Holy Week’s meaning

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Palm Sunday, was, for me, always a day of anticipation. First, the gathering of the faithful in churches, carrying palm fronds folded, bent, decorated in fanciful shapes. Then, waiting for the priest to arrive, followed by acolytes bearing at times a small silver urn filled with holy water, with a ball-tipped rod with which to sprinkle the palms and the people. (Nowadays, a squeezable plastic bottle will also do.)

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Conscience and competence

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They giveth and yet they taketh away. The Supreme Court ruled that the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law is constitutional but at the same time ruled that eight provisions of the law should be struck down.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Still on the Cebu airport

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As a young man, recalls Sen. Serge Osmeña, he drove his father, the late senator Sergio Osmeña Jr., to the old VIP airport (on the site of Terminal 3) where his father boarded a small plane to Cebu with the late President Ramon Magsaysay.

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

Peace women

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I can imagine the elation of supporters of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law gathered in Baguio, in Manila, and elsewhere in the country over news that the Supreme Court has, by and large, ruled that the RH Law is constitutional.

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

Is today the day?

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Rumor has it that the Supreme Court will be deliberating on the constitutionality of the “Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law” today. Indeed, many groups anticipate that the high tribunal would even be ready to issue its decision on this day, the reason both “pros” and “antis” have gathered in Baguio where the “supremes” are holding their summer session in accordance with tradition.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A new airport for Cebu

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Sen. Serge Osmeña, in the course of hearings on the recently-awarded contract for the modernization of the Mactan Cebu International Airport, has derided the proposed design as a “glorified chicken coop.”

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Loving games of chance

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A friend recalls standing before the counter of a drugstore in a province south of Manila when he was approached by a woman accompanied by her young son. “Sir,” said the woman in Filipino, “I need to buy medicines for my sick husband but I don’t have enough with me. Could you please help me meet the full amount?”

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

Human warmth in cold weather

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It was the last thing I expected to experience in New York—or, to be exact, in Jersey City.

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

Dogs and cats

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Days after the ham-handed attempt to crash the celebrations marking the signing of the comprehensive agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the communist National Democratic Front was in the headlines once more over the issue of—cats and dogs.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Talking peace and gender

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As I write this, people are waiting for the ceremonies marking the signing of the final comprehensive peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to get underway.

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

Women raising voices for peace

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It’s been said before: The year to come is a “crucial moment” in the struggle to get the voices of the world’s women heard, recognized, respected and heeded.

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

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