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Continuing catharsis

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It has been tumultuous year, 2013 was, full of so much drama. And Yolanda was a tragic year ender with its impact setting the pace for the new year. It seems to me that 2014 cannot but reflect a continuing catharsis. Too many firsts had begun in 2013, too radical have been the beginning of [...]

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

If P-Noy wants to keep his pork, pass FOI bill

President Aquino needs to abolish the pork barrel system, but if he is so desperate to keep his pork barrel, then at least he should push Congress to pass the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill. Isn’t the main purpose of the proposed FOI law to ensure transparency in government transactions and prevent the misuse of public funds? Isn’t the proposed law intended to foster good governance? So whether President Aquino wants to keep his pork barrel or not, isn’t it quite obvious how important and necessary an FOI law is?

Posted: November 29th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Reconstruction czar required

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After a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, President Aquino approved in principle a three-stage reconstruction plan for provinces devastated by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” But three weeks after the storm struck land in Eastern Visayas, there was still no one in charge of the colossal rehabilitation job.

Posted: November 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The day government disappeared

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When the most powerful typhoon ever to hit this star-crossed archipelago in living memory slammed into Leyte—was a day the government disappeared.

Posted: November 19th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

No, we are not stupid either

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I wonder why many can lie outright, disguised in words that make the lie not entirely libelous, and then get shocked when confronted. Many P-Noy haters go coy and say, “No one ever accused P-Noy of being a thief.”

Posted: November 7th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Going negative on P-Noy

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Inquirer colleague and top business journalist Dax Lucas raised an interesting point on Facebook a few days ago. Linking to an image of the Inquirer’s Oct. 31 front page, which carried the headline “P-Noy: I am not a thief,” he wrote: “A key tenet in psychology and communications: the mind edits out words like ‘not’. So avoid stating in the negative.”

Posted: November 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Fasten seat belts

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If corruption is endemic and deeply embedded in both government and collaborators in the private sector, its cure can only be even more disturbing. A force that needs to be changed demands a greater counterforce. A people and nation long afflicted with corruption and abuse of power from the top must experience turbulence powerful enough to cleanse society.

Posted: October 10th, 2013 in Columnists,Editor's Pick,Viewpoints | Read More »

New showdown looms at Edsa

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At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bali, Indonesia, President Aquino was reported to have been cheered by regional leaders for declaring that he was not seeking a second term.

Posted: October 10th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Corruption thrives in poverty

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The nature of change, once the tempo picks up, is that one drama follows another until several can be happening at the same time.

Posted: September 12th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Very special suspect

How come Janet Lim-Napoles, the mastermind of the pork barrel scandal, could be accommodated with a 10-minute meeting with President Aquino at Malacañang and thereafter gets special treatment and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas calls her “ma’am”?

Posted: September 12th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘Sleight of mind’

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Heading them off at the pass. That’s what they used to say in the old cowboy-injun movies to describe a move by one group to prevent another group from arriving at their desired destination.

Posted: August 23rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Paths to inclusive growth

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Last June, Philippine Business Groups (PBG) including the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) sent a letter to President Aquino listing key issues and proposed measures that his administration should train its sights on to achieve its vision of inclusive growth through job generation, poverty reduction, and global competitiveness. PBG also includes the Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Business Process Association of the Philippines, and Employers Confederation of the Philippines, among others.

Posted: August 9th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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