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A partnership with and for the poor

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In 1976, Bagong Barrio had the honor or dishonor of being the biggest slum area in Metro Manila, depending on where your sympathies lie. For the poor who had difficulty stretching their low wages to keep body and soul together, it was a paradise: cheap food and shelter, never mind that they had to negotiate muddy pathway and sewage canal to get there, and some had to bathe outdoors, without any privacy.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Pointless initiative

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The people’s initiative against pork barrel is lamentably pointless. Its features are either already emphasized in Supreme Court decisions or are counterproductively vague.

Posted: August 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Who’s behind stories against President Aquino’s sister?

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Recently, there were news reports about the Commission on Audit (COA) questioning a supposed P230-million fund from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) for a milk feeding project for pregnant women, senior citizens and children in day care, preschool, and Grade 1. The stories were follow-ups to irregularities associated with the DAP that has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. But what stuck out was the inclusion of a sister of President Aquino to the presumed irregularity.

Posted: August 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Legaspi and the laity in politics

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It wasn’t a personal accomplishment, but I consider it a singularly fortunate turn of events that my college days at the University of Santo Tomas were spent under the leadership of the first Filipino rector, Rev. Fr. Leonardo Z. Legaspi, O.P. He would leave the UST campus some years later to take up the post of archbishop of Caceres (Naga and environs) and also served as president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) from 1988 to 1991, and led the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines in 1991.

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

Daunting statistics

Was that much ado about nothing, the presentation to the media of a newborn baby girl who was designated the 100 millionth Filipino, marking a historic population juncture for the country?

Posted: July 31st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

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