By Christopher Ryan Maboloc
In a speech titled “A Paradigm for the Happy Life,” Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago writes that “every day, many people pursue their self-interest at the expense of others,” and argues further that “self-interest becomes a moral evil when selfish politicians make our people suffer in hunger and poverty.” In supporting this assertion, she mentions that “another major source of evil lies in a failure in moral imagination,” and cites as an example the fact that “there are many psychopaths in Congress, but they are unable to imagine the sufferings that they cause on millions of Filipinos who are poor.”
One heartening development concerning the Philippines’ unsung heroes—the millions of Filipinos working overseas—is that a recent survey has found many of them to be saving part of their earnings. This can reverse the familiar story line among many Filipinos who toiled for years abroad and came back with no investments or savings to speak of.
By Juan L. Mercado
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By John Nery
I have had the privilege of writing on Pope Francis for different media in preparation for next month’s pastoral visit. Writing has helped turn anticipation into active waiting—very like Advent. Like many, I am drawn to the Pope’s emphasis on mercy and compassion; but I am also magnetized by his candor, his demonstrated capacity for frank talk.
By Cielito F. Habito
Experience in Southeast Asia has shown that breaching an average income of $2,600 triggers rapid acceleration in demand for motor vehicles—a phenomenon termed as “motorization.” This appears to be the threshold GDP per capita beyond which ownership of a motor vehicle becomes widely accessible to the populace, leading to a dramatic takeoff in motor-vehicle sales. Thailand and Indonesia achieved this in the past decade; we reached that threshold just over a year ago. It is thus now said that the Philippines is on the cusp of the third wave of motorization in Asean.