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Lamentation for Manila 2014

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Situated just after the prophecies of Jeremiah in the Old Testament, the Book of Lamentations tells of the terrible destruction and sorrow in Jerusalem after the city was conquered by the Babylonians, and the Jewish leaders taken into captivity in 586-520 BC.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Food for thought for the Holy Week

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The message of this Holy Week acquires a deeper significance in the light of the Supreme Court’s decision declaring the Reproductive Health (RH) Law constitutional except for eight provisions related to penalizing parties who do not comply for reason of religious beliefs.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Fascination over exceptions

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Why be fascinated with the exceptions and fail to appreciate the general rule? The rule, as held by the Supreme Court, is that the Reproductive Health Law is constitutional, and the exceptions are some provisions which were voided to principally respect minority views.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘The Chinese have landed!’

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China’s intrusion into Philippine seas is a blatant travesty of our territorial integrity. This act should be opposed in the most vigilant ways. As we look to the sea, we should also look at our shores—the Chinese have landed!

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A ligated RH Law?

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It’s easy to see why many in the prolife community are celebrating the Supreme Court decision upholding Republic Act No. 10354 or the Reproductive Health Law as “not unconstitutional.” The eight items struck down by the high court as unconstitutional are after all the very provisions objected to by the anti-RH camp.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Keeping the conversation on education going

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“Education that teaches people to ask questions” was how Drew Gilpin Hurst, the 28th and the first woman president of the 375-year-old Harvard University, described the kind of education that matters in a recent television interview.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Are PH negotiators talking to arms brokers?

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With the secrecy shrouding the US-PH negotiations, the agreement on “enhanced defense cooperation” looms as nothing but a means to boost arms trade between the two governments and the rest of Asia. A look at the US panel and the new security strategy framing the new accord will give a clue.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Palm Sunday invasion

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On Palm Sunday, people are likely to think of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, or of their sins, perhaps in preparation for Holy Week.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

SC RH decision: first skirmish in long legal war

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All purple-clad advocates defeated in the Supreme Court decision upholding the Reproductive Health Law are the most outrageous, most inane and most ideology-driven anti-RH arguments that have no place in rational debate, much less in our highest court of law.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Can PH face up to the AEC challenge?

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A plethora of explanations has been advanced as to why the Philippines falls well behind the other four Asean originals (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia). These range from the protectionist policies for “infant industries,” political instability particularly in the 1980s that practically shooed Japanese FDIs (foreign direct investments) to our neighbors, weak governance and dysfunctional institutions, to poor infrastructure, rapid population growth, brain and skills drain from massive emigration, etc. While all these likely mattered one way or another, little is said about the underinvestment in education in general and in science and technology (S&T) in particular. Being a public good, education and S&T create positive externalities and, hence, tend to be privately underconsumed and undersupplied especially in terms of quality.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Law as convenient anti-peace-deal scapegoat

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Our Constitution is a convenient scapegoat for those opposing the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. However, the more extreme critics cite a straitjacket unrecognizable as the Constitution.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Deciphering the Filipino psyche

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An unexpected invitation during my continuing personal visit to the East Bay in San Francisco came from Chevron’s Filipino Employees Network (FEN), which wanted me to speak yet again on my pop culture books—“You Know You’re Filipino If…,” “Don’t Take a Bath on a Friday,” and “Ngalang Pinoy,” all published by Tahanan Books. The FEN had warmly received me a number of times before, and this time was no exception.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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