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By Narciso M. Reyes Jr.
While the pious among us continue to wag accusing fingers at the looters in devastated Tacloban City, it would be wise for them to pause and reflect on the universality of this seemingly perverse human instinct. For it is obvious that just as in individuals there is a tipping point in behavior when civility or [...]
By Oscar Franklin Tan
The Supreme Court announced its landmark ruling that lawmakers’ pork barrel is unconstitutional but released the complete decision days later. The weighty question in that interim is why Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was announced as “concurring in the result only” in the decision of the decade. It turns out that she and Justice Marvic Leonen argue that the decision does not require budget allocations to be line items and prohibit lump sums.
By David Benton
When we are ill and we take some medicine, each of us probably has the same mixed feelings of relief and hope that it will make us feel better. Most of us usually get our medicines from somewhere reliable, someone we trust: a pharmacy, a doctor or a nurse. No matter where we get it, the hope is always the same—that it will work and improve our condition. We rarely think that it might not actually work because the pill is fake.
By Denis Murphy
These days, President Aquino faces a storm surge of suggestions on how to run the government’s reconstruction program in the areas walloped by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” The purpose of this piece (and of a roundtable on reconstruction matters to be held in mid-December) is to help the President and his assistants to sort through the suggestions pouring into their offices. Some are good; some are not so useful.
By Asuncion David Maramba
What good news! Last month I asked, “Will the Francis wave flow to our shores?” Now comes the Vatican instruction to “national bishops’ conferences around the world to conduct a wide-ranging poll of Catholics asking their opinions on Church teachings.” The Vatican said the instruction should be disseminated “immediately, as widely as possible, to deaneries and parishes so that input from local sources can be received.”
By Neni Sta. Romana Cruz
Why is the education secretary, Br. Armin Luistro FSC, talking lipstick these days, even dropping lines like “Nail polish is the new lipstick”? What has gotten into him that he has this new vocabulary?
By Stephen P. Groff
Early this month, millions of Filipinos felt the catastrophic strength of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” What can I write in its aftermath that would help ease their agony? What can I possibly say that might lighten their load?
By Jacqueline Cancio Vega
A commentary in the Inquirer, “Coping, not looting” (Opinion, 11/18/13), is one of the most insightful articles to come out in the aftermath of Supertyphoon “Yolanda/Haiyan.” The initiative to speak up to put things in their proper perspective—how things truly are—is a huge step for a usually reticent people.
By Rolando G. Valenzuela
There are many definitions of disaster. My favorite is the one provided by Robert af Klinteberg of the United Kingdom’s International Disaster Institute: “an event which disrupts the functioning of a community to such an extent that it cannot subsist without outside assistance.”
By Herbert Villalon Docena
Those who survived possibly the most powerful typhoon ever to hit land should never have had to wait for days under the rubble for rescue, to “steal” from the dead to stay alive, to sleep beside the bodies of their dead children, or to be crushed to death in a stampede for food. Sacks and sacks of rice should never have lain uncooked for even just a day in warehouses while thousands starved.
By Oscar Franklin Tan
The oral arguments last Nov. 19 at the Supreme Court on the Disbursement Acceleration Program went largely as expected. The petitioners argued that the DAP allows the President to single-handedly rewrite the budget.
By Kevin H.R. Villanueva
The question we ask ourselves when we are moved to mobilize for humanity, especially under the agonizing blow of a typhoon the magnitude of “Yolanda,” is: Who’s in charge?