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Stranglehold

Alfred McCoy’s classic description of Philippine politics—as “an anarchy of families”—was coined in the early 1990s, but two decades later it’s even more apt and true. The results of the 2013 midterm polls have only confirmed that, while guns, goons and gold continue to play a huge part in how this country elects its leaders, a fourth element—bloodline—has the strongest grip of all on the system.

Posted: May 21st, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Dark side

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Not all was light and hope in the last elections, there was a dark side to them. Agence France-Presse pointed it out last week. The elections also produced a “rogues’ gallery” of winners. Those rogues are:

Posted: May 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

DOH: Beware of those herbal medicines

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The defect in the proclamation of the winning senatorial candidates has been corrected, according to election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, who criticized the proclamation soon after the first six senators were proclaimed. Macalintal was one of the three guests at the Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel last Monday. The two others were Dr. Honorata L. Catibog, director of the Department of Health’s National Center for Disease Prevention and Control, and Dr. Anthony P. Calibo, also of the same center and a specialist in the care of the newborn.

Posted: May 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A long way to go

The counting isn’t over, but this much we know now of the 2013 midterm elections: We didn’t know that much.

Posted: May 15th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Do we need freedom of info law?

talk of the town, may 5, 2013

Posted: May 4th, 2013 in Infographics,Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

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