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By Juan L. Mercado
“Filipinos share one common item in our everyday existence: rice,” National Scientist Gelia Castillo wrote in her book on a cereal that makes or breaks presidents. “Rice In Our Life” reviewed three decades of studies into rice that was sown between 6,000 BC and 400 AD, in the Philippines—from Ifugao to Lucena.
By John Nery
The more things change, the more they remain the same—especially in politics. I was reminded of this constant truth all over again when I reread an unusual letter Marcelo del Pilar wrote Jose Rizal in 1890.
By Conrado de Quiros
Ronnie Zamora has an interesting thing to say about the electoral situation today. Only Jojo Binay and Mar Roxas are the serious presidential bets, the others are not. Including Alan Peter Cayetano whom he appears to be backing.
By Cielito F. Habito
If our economy’s brisk economic growth of late has failed to uplift the lives of far too many Filipinos, we only need to look at our farms to see why.
By Rina Jimenez-David
They were baptized “Tres Marias” after regular “gigs” at the many pro-Reproductive Health rallies held in recent years urging for the passage of this key health measure.
By Mikkhail O. Guioguio
It takes two to tango, and three’s a crowd, as the famous love quotes say. But is a thought ever spared for the other people in the party who are bothered by your twerking, or for the patient driver (usually your dad) who resignedly waits for you until you’re ready to go home?
“Juana, Ang Tatag mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong.” This is the theme of this year’s Women’s Month celebration.
This is in reaction to the reply of Marissa G. Bugante, vice president for public affairs and special events of the Social Security System (SSS), to Rudy Coronel’s letter regarding his monthly pension which has not been increased in 14 years (“Retiree apologizes to SSS but feels poorer still,” Opinion, 3/8/14).
On December 16, 2013, a Don Mariano bus fell from the southbound lane of the South Luzon Expressway’s Skyway, killing 21 people and injuring 20 more. On Feb. 7, 2014, a total of 14 people died and 32 more were hospitalized when a Florida bus plunged into a ravine in the Cordillera mountains.
A singularly pernicious impairment of freedom of (cyber)speech lurking in the present law is the legal presumption that “every defamatory imputation is presumed to be malicious, even if it be true, if no good intention and justifiable motive for making it is shown . . .” (Article 354, Republic Act No. 3815)
By Amando Doronila
The Philippines and the United States on Saturday jointly expressed concern over recent incidents in the South China Sea that “threaten freedom of navigation in disputed waters,” an apparent reference to China’s increasing assertiveness in pressing its territorial claims in the region.
By Neal H. Cruz
The Bureau of Internal Revenue is now locked in a dispute with the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) for its advertisement branding doctors as tax evaders. It is an insult to lump all doctors as tax cheats, said the PMA.