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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 [...]
I read with interest the news reports and comments on the “delayed” Maguindanao massacre trial. Notably, former minister of justice Estelito Mendoza opined on the need for the present justice secretary and the prosecutors to get their act together (“DOJ and the Ampatuan trial,” Letters, 12/2/13). A private prosecutor, lamenting the very slow pace of [...]
The Bureau of Internal Revenue’s Regulation 14-2013 discriminates against patients with compromised budgets. In its present implementation, in-patients are compelled to settle hospital and professional fees prior to discharge; otherwise their exit would be delayed and deferred, notwithstanding a municipal directive forbidding hospitals from keeping patients due to their inability to pay their bills. Deeply [...]
In the early months of the Aquino administration, then senator Joker Arroyo called the President’s men a bunch of “student council officers” for bungling an executive order on the Truth Commission. Recently, Arroyo once again heaped scorn on Aquino’s men for the amateurish content of the President’s speech on prime-time television regarding the raging issue [...]
I visited my hometown, Batan, Aklan, last Dec. 1 and saw for myself how badly Supertyphoon “Yolanda” devastated the place last Nov. 8. Yolanda destroyed most of our school buildings and scores of houses, and thousands of families in 20 barangays have been left without a source of income, if not homeless, their agricultural resources [...]
It makes for an interesting story that Hollywood actor Paul Walker—young, good-looking and immensely popular—took up as one of his causes assistance to the survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” and worked to help those literally and figuratively a world away from his own life. The buff and blue-eyed Walker was known for his star turn in the blockbuster “Fast and Furious” series, but beyond the limelight he promoted the issues and efforts that mattered to him. He was a celebrity who understood that he could make a difference.