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No deal, Janet

Janet Napoles may reveal all she knows about the P10-billion pork barrel scam—but regardless of what she says, she cannot serve as state’s witness. She is not only alleged to be the scam’s very mastermind; she has also been accused, by whistle-blowers, who used to work for her, of earning hundreds of millions, if not billions, of pesos from the plunder of the pork barrel funds herself.

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang

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Should Janet Lim-Napoles be made a state’s witness in the P10-billion pork barrel scam? The original whistle-blowers (Benhur Luy et al.) are opposed to it, the lawyers are divided, and the general public does not know what to think.

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

MERS-CoV and mothers

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At the press conference for the stakeholders’ forum called “A Promise Renewed for Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (Universal Health),” members of the media were all agog over the possibility that MERS-CoV, or the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus, had reached the Philippines.

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A graduation story

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We associate April and May with summer heat, which can be uncomfortable but still bearable compared to the financial burdens that come about during these months, more so for middle-class families, in a sense creating a prolonged Lenten penitensya or hardship.

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The immortality of Christ

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Time is a river relentlessly surging from what unknown beginning to what incomprehensible end. Time is a timeless flow, absolutely beyond the grasp of men.

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

PH foreign policy and ‘threat assessment’

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Our foreign policy is crafted in a professional manner. It is based on the universally used doctrine of “threat assessment.” Under this doctrine, a country identifies threats to its sovereignty as 1) active and ongoing; 2) immediate; 3) potential; and 4) remote. (This model is simplified; some countries use as many as nine variables.)

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The second opening of Japan

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TOKYO—US President Barack Obama is visiting Tokyo at a unique moment in my country’s history, with Japan’s economy moving onto a stable new growth path that will take full advantage of its geographic position. Japan no longer considers itself the “Far” East; rather, we are at the very center of the Pacific Rim, and a neighbor to the world’s growth center stretching from Southeast Asia to India.

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Respite

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By the time this comes out, I’ll be some days on vacation. I had been looking forward to it, not having had one since 2000 when I went from regular employee of the Inquirer to regular columnist. That has had its upside and downside, the downside being losing my three-week paid vacation. Over the last decade and a half, I had been like the US Postal Service, coming through despite rain and snow and heat and gloom of night.

Posted: April 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Bucket list

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LOS ANGELES—A “bucket list” is an enumeration of things one resolves to do before “kicking the bucket,” or before reaching a defining age, like 40 or 60. More than a wish list, it is typically created against the backdrop of a profound awareness of one’s mortality. The point it conveys is that one must make time for those things one considers worth doing. Yet, in an important sense, a bucket list signifies not so much a plea for time as a plea for life.

Posted: April 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope

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Before and during Pope John Paul II’s second visit to the Philippines in 1995, the Inquirer ran many articles on him. One of the pieces I had to write was about his first visit in 1981. Good thing I still had my 1981 notes!

Posted: April 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

It’s up to us

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I had a couple of heartening responses to my column last week from friends in the Aboitiz family through their charitable donations, and from my good friend Jun Magsaysay. The golf tournament was a very successful event, graced by former president Fidel Ramos’ indomitable spirit (how he keeps going in such an indefatigable way I’m damned if I know). We raised enough funds to help seven families start a new life. The winner of the tournament was Nino Bandoquillo, with Sgt. Alex Dagooc as first runner-up (whatever happened to the second of my youth in sports?). Villamor Golf Club under Col. Oscar Calingasan did a great job of organizing and feeding.

Posted: April 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Repetition

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A typical day in my life operates under a timetable and a routine. It’s monotonous, vapid. And yet, somewhere in the middle of it, I realize that is exactly what makes it beautiful.

Posted: April 24th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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