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The case for extending AFP chief Gen. Bautista

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In April 1994, President Fidel V. Ramos appointed Gen. Arturo T. Enrile as AFP chief of staff.

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

The Armed Forces and Cadet Cudia

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Last month the Armed Forces of the Philippines commissioned 222 brand-new second lieutenants, all graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). Of the 222, 19 were female. A week ago, the academy took in 346 new cadets, including one Thai citizen. Of the total number which represents the largest class ever admitted to the PMA, 93 are women.

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

In defense of the state

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Two occurrences that took place during my high school days come to mind as one follows recent developments on the national security front.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Clem, master traveler

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Maria Clementina Luciano Pablo, youngest daughter of the late Court of Appeals Justice Leonor Luciano and the first female resident manager of a five-star hotel in the country, passed away last Thursday after a two-year uphill battle with lung cancer.

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

The Asian Pope Francis

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Last thursday, the Divine Word Seminary Tagaytay, in partnership with XVD Association (former SVD seminarians) and the lay society of St. Arnold Janssen, sponsored a “Dinner for the Missions.” The event marked the 50th anniversary of the Tagaytay institution and featured a conversation between Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle and John L. Allen Jr., a 16-year veteran analyst of Vatican affairs for CNN and presently associate editor of the Boston Globe. Allen has been described as “the journalist other reporters (and some cardinals) look to for the inside story on how all the Pope’s men direct the world’s largest church.” By coincidence, Thursday was the first anniversary of Jorge Bergoglio’s papacy.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Of FA-50s and Gripens

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First, an announcement on the first Ilocano cardinal in the 2,000-year history of the Roman Catholic Church.

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

Mitch Albom, author

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Not many Filipinos may know Mitch Albom. I first bumped into him at a Barnes & Noble (B & N) bookstore in Naperville, Illinois. It was sometime in April 2010, and we were on our annual apostolic mission to the United States to visit three granddaughters, Christine, 16, Nicole, 11, and Gisele, 7.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Forgotten heroes of 1986 Edsa revolt

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Tomorrow (Tuesday) marks the 28th anniversary of the 1986 People Power revolt that toppled the Marcos dictatorship and brought back democratic norms of governance to the country. Some say it simply restored the dominance of the oligarchy. There may be some truth to this observation.

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

This week, all roads lead to Fort Del Pilar

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Starting Wednesday, the Philippine Military Academy will welcome thousands of alumni returning to their alma mater on the occasion of Homecoming Week 2014. A special place of honor is reserved for the Class of 1954, Diamond jubilarians (60 years); the Class of 1964, Golden boys (50 years); and the Class of 1989, Silver (25 years).

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

Gratitude

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Last Jan.12, Pope Francis announced the appointment of the first batch of cardinals of his papacy.

Posted: February 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Répondez s’il vous plaît’

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In many countries, when the president or chief executive invites you to his place for a formal sit-down dinner, it is considered a great honor and privilege rarely declined except for very serious reasons. This is even more so when the dinner is to honor a visiting head of state or government with whom we have the best of relations.

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

Philippine Army’s ‘revolving door’

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If you think the “revolving door” concept of leadership in the Armed Forces of the Philippines is strictly an affair involving the position of the AFP chief of staff, you are seriously mistaken or misinformed.

Posted: January 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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