By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
The term “nongovernment organization” has been tarnished because corrupt individuals, in connivance with the corrupt in government, put up fly-by-night “NGOs” to which they channeled loot stolen from public coffers. Even the NGOs (nonprofit groups, foundations, etc.) with good track records are sometimes put under a cloud of suspicion simply because they are too eager to do their jobs and deliver to the poor.
By Danilo S. Venida
Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. was shot dead at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport on Aug. 21, 1983. While some would dismiss the event as one politician’s gambit taking a bad turn, there is a deep dimension to the sacrifice of Ninoy’s life: Society at large and a critical mass of individuals, over a period of 30 months (August 1983 to February 1986), went through a Damascus or conversion experience that made Edsa 1, a nonviolent people power revolution, happen. It was a distinct and life-changing moment demonstrating that the seemingly impossible, bringing down a dictatorship without violence, can be possible. This was what Ninoy wanted: a nonviolent transition from the Marcos dictatorship to a renewed order for the succeeding presidents to get elected by popular vote.
By Hapy Benitez
Finding my place in this world is not just about competing with other people; it’s also an internal battle.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
Plaza Mayor, the most important public square in Spanish Manila, was that bounded by the Manila Cathedral, the Audiencia, and the Palacio del Gobernador. In it were held fiestas, processions, bullfights, and even military parades that led to it being referred to by some as Plaza de Armas.
By Conrado de Quiros
Our report put it this way: There may not be room at the inn when Pope Francis visits Tacloban in January.