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The Crimean crisis

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Most Filipinos probably do not know where Crimea is. In any case, it is doubtful if there are OFWs there.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Inconvenient truths

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Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s revelation that her office has widened its investigation of lawmakers who misused their pork from 2007 onward, based on work by the Commission on Audit, drives home some inconvenient truths.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Partial compensation from the Marcos loot

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Thousands of victims-survivors and relatives of those who perished and vanished during the dark night of martial rule have each been handed their compensation checks for the second time. I received mine last Monday. A photo of that came out on page 2 of the Inquirer last Tuesday. I was wearing my “Martial Law Survivor” overshirt and holding the EastWest Bank check. Also in the photo was our lead counsel Robert Swift, smiling.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Whose side?

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Whose side would you rather be on? The United States that tries to force free trade on countries, or China that tries to annex portions of your land (and sea)?

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The ‘brain-pacers’

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An American news correspondent, Bob Woodruff of ABC TV, suffered a brain injury in 2006 from a roadside bomb while covering the Iraq war.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Journey

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Nothing can prepare the uninitiated for Manila’s public transport system. Day in and day out, millions of people crowding this haphazardly planned metropolis cram themselves inside jeepneys, buses and trains, enduring a daily defiance of science’s “matter cannot occupy space at the same time and place.”

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Chiz marrying Heart before 2016 polls

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Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, former senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., and former elections commissioner Augusto Lagman talked politics, graft and corruption, and the 2016 polls at the Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel last Monday. But the tidbit that perked the ears of the people in the audience was the admission by Chiz that he will marry actress Heart Evangelista before the elections are held. It will be a private family ceremony, he joked, because he is afraid someone in the crowd may shout, “Stop the wedding!”

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Young gender gaps

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March is Women’s Month, a good time to reflect on some of the statistics that came out of the 2013 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS) conducted by the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI). The survey involved more than 19,000 Filipinos aged 15 to 24, from throughout the Philippines, and some preliminary statistics were released in February.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Aquino sends FOI bill to death row

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The administration of President Aquino pronounced on Tuesday the death sentence on the freedom of information (FOI) bill by leaving the fate of its passage in the hands of its minions in the House of Representatives.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Lupang Hinirang’ or ‘Bayang Magiliw’?

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Archived on YouTube is an engaging TED talk delivered by Joey Ayala at the University of the Philippines Diliman that proposes a more musical and euphonic way of singing the national anthem. While his version makes sense and is definitely in tune with Filipino sentiment and musicality, it runs counter to the present Flag Law that needs review and perhaps revision by Congress. To appreciate Ayala’s version, it is definitely better than the “hataw-birit” renditions sung as introduction to Manny Pacquiao’s boxing matches in the United States that mimic the American anthem.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Danger on the trail ahead

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I see a great danger looming for the victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” as they trudge toward recovery. I fear that the plan of the government and the United Nations to end all food relief in April is premature, and can cause many families to fall back into hunger rather than spur them forward to economic self-reliance.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Political masochism

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This is a tale of two framework agreements: one on the Bangsamoro (FAB) with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and the other with America (FAA) on the expanded access of US troops to our country. The Philippine Government (PHG) seems to be losing leverage in both.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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