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The Filipino gay conundrum

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A recent world opinion poll coming out of Pew Research Center, in Philadelphia in the United States, and roughly the equivalent to Manila’s Social Weather Stations in national equivalence, compared attitudes in major countries of the world toward gay people. Despite the Church and numerous laws, the Philippines came out with a superhigh rating—about 73 percent positive attitude toward gays. By contrast, Indonesia, where I also live, was about 3 percent. But I find the two are far closer than the numbers suggest.

Posted: July 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Dignity in losing

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Sabah again. The issue is not whether the claim is valid, at least as far as possession goes, but whether it has any standing. There is far less doubt about Tibet’s, made even less by China sticking it out lest the separatist movement in the Muslim Xinjiang “autonomous region” prosper. The Basques would get Spain, and then what about Catalonia? The popes got the tiny Vatican, but that was for sovereignty. The Holy Roman Empire, which was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire, lost the few vestiges of its sovereignty under Napoleon.

Posted: March 8th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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