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Slavery by poverty

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“Power concedes nothing without a demand, it never did and never will.”

Posted: November 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Bibingka

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“There is always a philosophy for lack of courage.”—Albert Camus I was waiting in a restaurant at Greenbelt on Wednesday night, all by myself. My dinner companions were still in the airport, their flight from Iloilo slightly delayed. And I had to expect rush hour traffic to add to the delay. Which was a good thing for me.

Posted: November 14th, 2014 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

The Yolanda of our lives

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One year later. It sounds so important today, at least media-wise. We use dramatic events to create milestones – and then their anniversaries as continuing threads for more stories. Yolanda is no exception. It still is fresh enough to remember. It is the beginning of a new political season. What better motivation to use Yolanda to gain credit, or inflict blame?

Posted: November 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

No one cared enough

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I was so stunned by Senator Grace Poe giving a privileged speech about the hunger and malnutrition stalking 15 million children in the Philippines. Privileged speeches are nothing new. Nor is the hunger and malnutrition that the senator mentioned. What is new is that a senator mentioned it at all. The hungry might have just gotten lucky, for once.

Posted: October 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

The problem with ambition

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I wonder at what point in the etymology of the word did ambition become not only acceptable but even laudable. For a word that also contains a fair amount of negativity about it, why having an ambition deemed necessary if one were to progress and prosper?

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

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