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Gigi’s home

The lawyer Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, once the powerful chief of staff of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and now a principal accused in the plunder and corruption cases stemming from the so-called pork barrel scam, is back in the country. She flew in on Black Saturday, after eight months abroad; she had fled the country a few weeks after the scam was exposed, but she told reporters upon her arrival: “I’m ready to face the charges. I’ve always faced [them].”

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry

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In the midst of the scorching heat at the advent of Holy Week, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. brought down a storm of public wrath on the Aquino administration after he rebuked commuters at the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) to take the bus instead if they cannot endure the long queues at the stations of the congested railway system.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Couple of things too

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One was everyone complaining about the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, which compelled President Aquino himself to issue an apology on TV. What everyone—locals and foreigners alike—was complaining about in particular was the air-conditioning conking out in the place. The airport being deluged by a horde bound for the provinces during the Lenten break, it was a veritable hell.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

There is plenty of water behind Wawa Dam

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Here we go again. Every summer, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) warns of a water shortage and an impending water rationing.

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

Triduum thoughts of a young boy

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Part of my youth was spent under enemy occupation, an experience that hopefully most of our people will never have to undergo in their lifetime.

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

Badjao in the ‘bukid’

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As of last count, there were 3,648 signatories to the online petition. To reach 5,000, only 1,352 are needed by Change.org, the world’s largest petition platform, using technology to empower more than 40 million users “to create the change they want to see.” In the Philippines, the Change.org campaigns director is journalist Inday Espina Varona. Thanks to her, participatory democracy and change have become intertwined at the flick of a finger.

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

An advocacy of dunces

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Imagine a group of advocates trying to alert the public to a danger they perceive, only the evidence shows the danger is not real, and that by spreading their fears, this group is causing people to behave in ways that put the wider public—and you—at risk. What would you do? What should the government do?

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

RH decision’s booby traps and reinvented doctrine

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The decision of the Supreme Court upholding the Reproductive Health Law, except for eight provisions barely discussed in the petitions or oral arguments, is a Pyrrhic victory. The anti-RH camp built an outrageously incompetent case that should never have been heard, yet somehow pushed a decision laden with legal booby traps sure to explode in future anti-RH cases. Some traps are built from legal doctrine that dubiously never existed before.

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

A weakened CPP-NPA?

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce,” Marx once said. But for the government, history seems to be an uninteresting subject no matter how painfully it repeats itself right in its very face.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Dehumanizing promotion with swimsuit-wearing women

If this is a commercial establishment’s way of spreading summer fun, I would like to burst its bubble right this minute. I’ve seen efforts to mark different events, seasons or occasions of the year with some bright marketing plans. Some are good but this particular summer bonanza celebration, using two “babes of summer” clad only in two-piece swimwear, is, I most respectfully say, really OFF.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

With his prime behind him, time for Pacquiao to retire

Mommy Dionisia and wifey Jinkee have very wise advice for Manny Pacquiao: Retire now. Yup. Leave while the audience is still applauding.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Reader’s opinion on punishment for Cudia: too drastic

I am among those who followed the case of dismissed Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia. In my humble opinion, constructive punishment would have been the more appropriate penalty for Cudia.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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