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Pope Francis and social movements

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Rome, under Pope Francis’ watch, never ceases to amaze the world. Coming on the heels of an extraordinary Synod on the family, a “World Meeting of Popular Movements” is being convened this week by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. This fascinating gathering aims to tackle the causes of worldwide inequality and social exclusion, to propose concrete solutions to the chronic problems of landlessness, homelessness, and joblessness, and to discuss what is to be done in the long term to create a more just world.

Posted: October 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Legal philosophy

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Interestingly, my column last Sunday (“SC tops SWS poll”) elicited—aside from the usual Twitter-type, knee-jerk reactions—lengthy and perceptive comments on the need to know the legal philosophy of Supreme Court justices.

Posted: October 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

No picnic

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The “vertical violence” of insurgency and of separatist elements in Mindanao may be disappearing with the conclusion of the peace talk between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the pending creation of the Bangsamoro authority. But, said peace advisor Teresita Quintos Deles, the “horizontal violence” of feuds and disputes and other low-level conflicts remains.

Posted: October 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

More You, less me

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The story is told about a doctor who examined his patient’s legs and declared, “We have to amputate one of your legs because of your diabetes.” After the procedure, the doctor told his patient, “I have bad news for you. I cut the wrong leg! But I also have good news for you. Your bad leg is getting better!”

Posted: October 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Never too late

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I was in second grade when I first discovered the power of self-assertion.

That year, my school joined an inter-school storytelling contest. Because competitions were a big deal to the teachers (the results somehow established a school’s reputation), they carefully chose their representatives. In my class, three students were initially chosen to train. Each was given a copy of the piece to memorize, and whoever would emerge as the best would be the final choice. I wasn’t among them.

Posted: October 26th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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