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Are we as stupid as gov’t thinks we are?

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Given the efforts to counter growing public disgust as well as to perfume the President from the stench gradually enveloping his public persona of a squeaky-clean Dudley Do Right, for the campaign to work hucksters assume that the public can indeed be fooled.

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

Alienating youth from Edsa

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The uproar over Imelda Marcos’ selfie with Ateneo de Manila students flashing “V” signs at the Ateneo Scholarship Foundation’s 40th anniversary might not imply that present Ateneo students are vapid and superficial.

Posted: July 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Only way to ‘unlock’ coconut levy funds

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An executive order that touches on the coconut levy has been drafted. It is dated April 7, 2014. Titled “Providing the Administrative Guidelines for the Utilization of the Coco Levy Assets,” its key sections propose the privatization of the coconut levy assets and the organization of a Multisectoral Consultative Committee for the Coconut Industry, with the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) as the implementing arm.

Posted: July 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

There’s no stopping National Children’s Book Day

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Typhoon “Glenda” may have temporarily upset all plans for the 31st National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) festivities on the third Tuesday of July, but booklovers like the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) are never that easily discouraged. So what’s a minor setback wrought by the weather? The logical course of action was to look at the next Tuesday, July 22, for the planned book fair of Philippine titles.

Posted: July 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What’s the difference?

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“Corruption” is commonly understood to be the use of public funds for “personal gain.” But how do we define “personal gain”? Is it limited to enriching one’s self or one’s family? What about the use of public funds to enrich one’s class?

Posted: July 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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