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By Amando Doronila
As world leaders mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela, international media are replete with recollections of that historic moment in history, on May 2, 1994, when in an all-race democratic election, South Africa voted Mandela as its first black president, dismantling its globally loathed apartheid policy of racial segregation of blacks, coloreds and whites in a society dominated by the Afrikaner white minority who were descended from Dutch-based European settlers.
By Neal H. Cruz
What is the quality of our current congressmen? Judge for yourself: 1. Valenzuela Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo has filed a bill that would give Manny Pacquiao tax exemption for the rest of his life. 2. A group of partylist congressmen led by Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza has filed a similar bill giving Pacquiao and [...]
By Noralyn Mustafa
It has been weeks since Supertyphoon “Yolanda” swept across central Philippines, and left in its wake an unbelievably so vast and shocking swath of death, destruction and devastation it has become a stuff for movies like “2012.” But very, very conspicuous by their absence are the usual suspects who swarm over disaster areas like flies [...]
By Ramon Farolan
Of the many tributes that have poured in over the weekend following the death of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela, none caught my attention more than this brief line that was used to describe history’s longest serving political prisoner. It was during an interview with former Time managing editor Richard Stengel, now US President Barack [...]
By Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas S. J.
“ADIZ” HAS only lately gained prominence in Philippine vocabulary. It stands for “air defense identification zone.” It means an area of airspace over land or water in which the identification, location and control of civil aircraft are required by the state claiming control over the airspace. Interestingly, the authority to establish an Adiz is not [...]
By Conrado de Quiros
The world doesn’t stop when someone dies. We know that not least from Pieter Bruegel’s painting “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus,” which shows a landscape with ships passing by the sea, men going about their work on land, sunrise bursting in the horizon. Nobody much minds Icarus thrashing in the water where he has [...]
By Denis Murphy
Pope Francis, in his gripping pastoral letter “The Joy of the Gospel,” calls the Church to a new evangelization. Two of his challenges have special importance for the Philippines: his condemnation of “trickle down” or “growth without jobs” capitalism, and the importance he assigns to the poor in the life of the Church. The [...]
By Randy David
Nelson Mandela lived so long that he outlasted all his contemporaries. One of them, Walter Sisulu, his friend, mentor, and comrade in the African National Congress who himself spent 26 years in jail, worried that his own frail health might not allow him to be present at his friend’s funeral to deliver his eulogy. So he did the next best thing. He wrote one shortly before he died, and titled it simply: “Thank you for your life, my friend.”
By Artemio V. Panganiban
The committee on suffrage and electoral reforms of the House of Representatives recently approved a bill prohibiting political dynasties. Titled “Anti-Political Dynasty Act,” the bill seeks to enforce Art. II, Sec. 28 of the Constitution: “The State shall guarantee equal opportunities for public service and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.”
By Fr. Jerry M. Orbos SVD
The story is told about a priest who asked the parents what baptismal name they wanted to give their child. The father of the child said: “His name is Celpon, Father.” When asked why, he said: “We combined my wife’s name, which is Celia, and my name, Ponciano, hence Celpon.” Another couple gave their child the name Charger. Why? You guessed it—the father’s name was Charlie and the mother’s name was Gertrudes!
By Ma. Karmela Talusan
6:30 a.m. My alarm goes off. I fight the urge to go back to sleep and get up, as quietly as possible, so as not to wake my roommates. I stretch a bit, climb down from the double-deck bed, and extend my right foot to search for my slippers on the floor. Aha. Found them. I walk over to where our food is stacked and rustle up my sachet of coffee, chocolate spread, bread, and vitamins. I turn the doorknob slowly. Squeak. I look behind me and see that they are still asleep. I put my stuff down on the table and go lose a penny. I fix my coffee and spread some chocolate on my bread. I take a few sips and feel the caffeine doing what it does best: wake me up. The clock says 6:50.
By Jorge Domecq
The natural calamities that have struck the Philippines in the last two months, and particularly Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” have triggered an unprecedented wave of solidarity from international organizations and countries around the world, Spain in particular. The volume of the response in terms of emergency relief is unheard of.