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A partnership with and for the poor

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In 1976, Bagong Barrio had the honor or dishonor of being the biggest slum area in Metro Manila, depending on where your sympathies lie. For the poor who had difficulty stretching their low wages to keep body and soul together, it was a paradise: cheap food and shelter, never mind that they had to negotiate muddy pathway and sewage canal to get there, and some had to bathe outdoors, without any privacy.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Betty La Fea’

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All roads led to Paris in 1889 for the Universal Exposition held to commemorate the French Revolution.

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Behind Filipino (2)

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Last Wednesday I began to write about how we came to have Filipino, a national language, drawing on a booklet written by Virgilio Almario, chair of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, with additional research.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The gov’t has neglected the railroad

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I read in the newspapers that the Philippine National Railways (PNR) will invest hundreds of millions of pesos to purchase buses. I also saw on television commuters packed liked sardines in PNR commuter trains, with more of them waiting at train stations where trains stop at 30-minute intervals only. Another PNR story was about a train that was derailed, luckily with no one hurt.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Time for the bosses to act

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It’s a herculean task indeed. Well-meaning people have cautioned that pushing for the “pork barrel abolition bill” via people’s initiative is naive, misguided, manipulated or malicious.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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