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Lying at the Pope’s expense

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There are two ways of reading the meeting of Pope Francis and US President Barack Obama at the Vatican. The first is to read it as it actually happened, and that is what the terse communiqué from the Holy See did. The second is to read it from one’s bias, and that is what Obama himself did.

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

Miriam’s shame campaign

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Janet Napoles’ road on her way to becoming the vilest public figure so far in the Filipino imagination seemed easy and trouble-free. But she was a headline waiting to happen, so to speak, Philippine media being mostly Manila-based and Manila-obsessed: Her web of operations was based in Manila; and her cohorts—many of whom remain unidentified till this day except the pogi-sexy-tanda trio and a few others—held office in Manila.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The next arena

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Think of 81 provinces, 140 cities, 1,494 municipalities and 42,026 villages. Think that every day, thievery is going on in all these geopolitical subdivisions. Janet Lim Napoles may yet come out as a drop in the bucket.

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

An out-of-the-box cardinal

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The archbishop was away from his see on the day of my visit. He was speaker at a conference in Malaysia.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Typhoon-free’ Mindanao?

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By now it has become a comical refrain. But we can only understand how history, a discipline that entails hours of documentary research, eludes many of our government functionaries and even opinion writers.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Child of history

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She came out like a star diversion during the Corona impeachment trial, yet a celebrity she had not wanted to be. She simply wanted to speak the truth, knowing she was at life’s twilight. For the truth she knew was first-hand and was held by no other.

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

Samar-Leyte more than thrice

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Ambeth Ocampo’s lament is right. We never learn from the lessons of history. It appears that Tacloban was hit by a storm surge twice in the past, in 1897 and 1902, when remarkable typhoons were said to have lashed the place. The Eastern Visayan historian Rolando Borinaga, whose family survived “Yolanda,” is also uncovering data [...]

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Abolish NGOs

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It has been weeks since Supertyphoon “Yolanda” swept across central Philippines, and left in its wake an unbelievably so vast and shocking swath of death, destruction and devastation it has become a stuff for movies like “2012.” But very, very conspicuous by their absence are the usual suspects who swarm over disaster areas like flies [...]

Posted: December 8th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Fearful forecast

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The entire planet is in turmoil.

Posted: November 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

An irrelevant president

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This was not just a case of shoulda, woulda and coulda. And Anderson Cooper had nothing to do with it. Notice that even Philippine media reported similarly. Even without CNN (add to that BBC and Al Jazeera) and the commentaries, the cries from the hungry and homeless survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in Tacloban sounded more than pleading, to say the least.

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

NCTs

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He is probably the only one left who still doesn’t know that the acronym DAP has taken on a new meaning—Drilon, Abad, P-Noy. So who cares about President Aquino’s selfie speech of Oct. 30?

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Our Bohol

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Jacinto Mandal, the police chief of Loon, Bohol, was at work at the police station when the temblor struck. Rushing outside, he saw people spilling out of their homes onto the streets, screaming.

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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