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Black Americans’ plight still enormous, despite Obama

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Tension has been escalating in Ferguson (Missouri) since the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a police officer early this month. The shooting sparks controversy about whether it was because of racial discrimination. This warrants a broader look at the issue of how African Americans are faring in US society today.

Posted: August 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A conversion moment

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Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. was shot dead at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport on Aug. 21, 1983. While some would dismiss the event as one politician’s gambit taking a bad turn, there is a deep dimension to the sacrifice of Ninoy’s life: Society at large and a critical mass of individuals, over a period of 30 months (August 1983 to February 1986), went through a Damascus or conversion experience that made Edsa 1, a nonviolent people power revolution, happen. It was a distinct and life-changing moment demonstrating that the seemingly impossible, bringing down a dictatorship without violence, can be possible. This was what Ninoy wanted: a nonviolent transition from the Marcos dictatorship to a renewed order for the succeeding presidents to get elected by popular vote.

Posted: August 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

To avert power crisis, empower the people

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A solution to the looming power crisis is self-generation and distributed generation of energy through renewable sources. However, this solution is riddled with regulatory strangleholds that must be loosened to become viable.

Posted: August 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The legacy of Jesse Robredo

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Naga City in Bicol has long figured prominently in local governance. Its international, national and regional awards and citations (now totaling more than 140) in almost all aspects of local governance speak volumes about how this tiny, landlocked and ancient city (established in 1575) is serving as a veritable touchstone for other local government units.

Posted: August 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Whose attitude is the problem?

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I cannot help but cringe whenever people reduce an extremely complex social issue, such as a large number of poor families living in hazardous informal settlements, to a simplistic, unidimensional cause: an attitude problem. My response would be one of exasperation, especially when this reasoning comes from our so-called “public servants” in government or from social development workers who claim to “empower” those that society has neglected.

Posted: August 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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