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The opposite of a republic

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Every Filipino should be worried sick about the possibility of losing her home. It doesn’t matter if she holds legal title to the land. Just ask Imelda Palanca and her siblings.

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

The next Boracay

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It will be officially summer a week from now, and Holy Week two weeks later when the annual exodus to the provinces and the resorts begins.

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

Rebuilding life

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I visited Aklan last week on the invitation of Rep. Ted Haresco to witness the groundbreaking for a new concrete bridge. The new bridge is important not only because it will improve traffic from Kalibo to Caticlan and then on to Boracay but also because it signaled new life after the devastating effects of Supertyphoon “Yolanda/Haiyan.”

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Blood in Boracay

Murder in paradise. That headline has applied to Boracay on a number of occasions in the last few years, as the avalanche of visitors to the island and its pell-mell race to development have led to incidents of shocking crime. The most gruesome had been the deaths of architect John Cowperthwaite, art dealer Manfred Schoeni, German developer Anton Forstenhausler and their maid Irma Sarmiento in 2004; they bore multiple stab wounds when found in their beds at the villa owned by Forstenhausler on the island.

Posted: March 5th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Boracay’s living treasure

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On the tiny island of Boracay there is a treasure arguably more valuable than its famed white beaches—the way of life of the island’s earliest settlers, the Ati. But that is a well-kept secret. If resort developers have their way, the once dutiful stewards of the island’s forests will be wiped off the map of Boracay and forgotten forever.

Posted: March 5th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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