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Frightening ourselves

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Tomorrow, we mark an annual ritual, trooping to cemeteries to pay homage to the dead, laying flowers and candles at their graves and saying prayers for the “eternal repose of their souls.”

Posted: October 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

SSS reaches out

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Hard as it may be to believe, the days of tortuous lines before counters at the Social Security System may soon be over. In an effort to reach out to the 30 million or so SSS members, current or retired, SSS president Emil de Quiros said the agency had targeted to establish 24 new branches in the country by the end of the year. At the same time, to bring SSS services and benefits closer to overseas Filipino workers, the government insurance fund has also established offices in such locations as Macau and Bahrain, with branches in Canada (Toronto) and Japan set to open before the year closes.

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

Hanging on to an ‘undesirable alien’

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He is a man grieving the death of his late fiancée, so perhaps a little leeway should have been given Marc Sueselbeck in the wake of the fence-climbing incident last week. Footage of the incident shows the German shoving a Filipino soldier who tried to bar his way toward the converted container where US Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton was being held.

Posted: October 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

No picnic

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The “vertical violence” of insurgency and of separatist elements in Mindanao may be disappearing with the conclusion of the peace talk between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the pending creation of the Bangsamoro authority. But, said peace advisor Teresita Quintos Deles, the “horizontal violence” of feuds and disputes and other low-level conflicts remains.

Posted: October 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The ‘unwilling’ and the ‘ungrateful’

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Autonomy, says a consultant from Finland, can often be an uneasy partnership between the “unwilling” and the “ungrateful.”

Posted: October 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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