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When the euphoria fades

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Each March, particularly on the bar exam results day (BERD), I relive the ecstatic moments in 1970 when I learned that I had made it.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘The Chinese have landed!’

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China’s intrusion into Philippine seas is a blatant travesty of our territorial integrity. This act should be opposed in the most vigilant ways. As we look to the sea, we should also look at our shores—the Chinese have landed!

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A ligated RH Law?

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It’s easy to see why many in the prolife community are celebrating the Supreme Court decision upholding Republic Act No. 10354 or the Reproductive Health Law as “not unconstitutional.” The eight items struck down by the high court as unconstitutional are after all the very provisions objected to by the anti-RH camp.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

See you!

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The story is told about a policeman who flagged down a driver for a traffic violation. The policeman said: “You made a U turn. Did you not see the ‘no U turn’ sign?” The driver scratched his head and said: “I saw it, sir. I did not see you!”

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

‘Mother church of all churches’ reopens

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After two years of retrofitting, restoration and renovation, the Manila Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, or Manila Cathedral for short, reopened on April 9 with a eucharistic celebration presided over by Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila.

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

The language of Pope Francis

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Much has been written about the broad differences that separate Pope Francis from Pope Benedict XVI, and the comparison tends to be at the latter’s expense. This must be personally disconcerting for Francis. For, indeed, he has said many times that he frequently consults with his predecessor. But, perhaps more than this, it is hard to find anything that Francis has said or written so far that can be taken as contradicting Benedict’s thinking. Apart from the obvious differences in personal style, the one thing, in my view, that distinguishes the present pope from his predecessor is perspective—and this is most evident in the distinct vocabularies they use.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,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 »

Seeing red

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No goodbye, just “text me whenever.” That was the ultimate promise my high school friends and I made on graduation day. We have taken different paths filled with new friends and new experiences, yet we still find ourselves back home, always in the same restaurant that our city is known for. The strong aroma of grilled chicken, the old songs sang off-key by the same old, bald man, and the familiar faces of girls I spent half of my life with, somehow bring me comfort. But it doesn’t last very long. The comfort is always replaced by shame and bitterness inching toward my stomach. I don’t finish my food—the first sign that something’s wrong. My horizontally challenged appearance is a dead giveaway that I always finish my food.

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

Culture trap?

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The Internet carried this week a riveting article titled “Trapped Between Cultures—Neither Filipino Nor American.” The author is Dr. Eugenio Amparo, who has lived in the United States since 1974 when he started residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Win or lose?

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This newspaper’s headline was “SC ruling on RH: Win-win,” based apparently on the reactions of both the pros and antis (“jubilation”) to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Reproductive Health Law, or to the announcement of the decision as read by Teddy Te. No copy of the decision was released then, only a reading of its dispositive portion. The pros thought they won because the high court gave its imprimatur to everything except eight items. The antis were jubilant because of the eight items, six of which had to do with alleged infringements on religious freedom; one dealing with the need to obtain spousal consent; and the eighth dealing with the need for parental consent. The striking down of these items rendered the law “toothless,” according to the antis, specifically Lito David of the Pro-Life Foundation.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Unity on the RH Law

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It is more correct to call the Filipino people united than to call them divided on the issue of wanting a government program to provide services on reproductive health (RH) for all. For the longest time, the great majority of the people have favored it, and only a small minority opposed it. Yet those opposed were able to thwart passage of the RH bill for 14 years, and after that to get the Supreme Court to restrain implementation of the law by another year.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

We are our greatest enemy

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The question often asked today is if we are ready for a freer, more open global market. Might I stress that in many more ways than we realize, it is quite free and open? Many ask: Can we compete? Will our SMEs (small and medium enterprises) survive? Will the Philippine economy benefit, or will it be buffeted by the larger and more powerful wings of our Asean neighbors?

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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