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Talking to Janet

There is no question that controversial businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles should “tell all”—that is, testify to everything she knows about the pork barrel scam she is alleged to have masterminded. But should Justice Secretary Leila de Lima broadcast details of her ongoing negotiation with Napoles to the entire world? The prudent thing to do, for legal purposes and for political reasons, would have been to issue a simple statement, that they were in talks, and then to leave it at that.

Posted: April 24th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,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 »

The RH Law is not population control

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With profound appreciation of the Supreme Court’s unanimous verdict upholding the constitutionality of the Reproductive Health Law on the whole and with due respect to Associate Justice Jose C. Mendoza who penned the ponencia, there is critical need, however, to clarify a number of disturbing statements, observations and obiter expressed in the ponencia.

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

Pilgrimage to Manaoag a disappointment

Last Holy Thursday (April 17), my family and I traveled to the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Manaoag in Pangasinan. Given that it was a day when hundreds of thousands of Filipinos trek to the provinces to spend the holidays in their hometowns, we were not surprised to encounter horrendous bottlenecks on the entire length of MacArthur Highway and North Luzon Expressway (NLEx). From Quezon City, it took us a full seven hours to reach Manaoag, “helped” along by uncouth drivers who barreled through the unpaved shoulders of NLEx, further clogging the already jammed superhighway.

Posted: April 24th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Enough already; Cudia a closed case

What happened to former cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia should not discourage young men and women who want to enter the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

Posted: April 24th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Firm’s Gipap program was never a clinical trial

This refers to the news item on Dario Raagas (“Yolanda hero Dario Raagas fights for his life vs giant drug firm Novartis,” News, 4/12/14). May we clarify that the Glivec International Patient Assistance Program (Gipap) is not a clinical trial.

Posted: April 24th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

No ordinary illness

The Filipino nurse said to have tested positive for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) when he left the United Arab Emirates for the Philippines turned out negative of the dreaded disease. The Department of Health was able to track down the nurse and the family members who had been in close proximity with him from the time he arrived at the airport, and after quarantine and testing, all of them were pronounced negative of MERS-CoV.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Reforest mountains with fire trees and their kind

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The fire trees are beginning to bloom—no better sign that summer is here in full force. Along the highways and roadsides, in parks and in private yards, you see them from a distance, a red streak on top of the tree line. As you come nearer, you see the reason for its name: The whole tree seems to be on fire. Moses probably witnessed a similar sight when he saw the burning bush on Mount Sinai.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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