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By Juan L. Mercado
A church “bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets” is preferable to a Church jittery about “going astray,” Pope Francis says in “The Joy of the Gospel” published Tuesday. Fear instead being locked within rules that make us “comfortable but harsh judges.”
By Solita Collas-Monsod
I may help to get the basic facts correct in the appreciation of the issues surrounding the controversy involving Manny Pacquiao and the Bureau of Internal Revenue with regard to the taxes he paid (or did not).
By Mahar Mangahas
This week was the occasion for the annual general assembly of the Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO), the Philippines’ largest umbrella group of nongovernment organizations. Its 1,600 members nationwide are all genuine, and all detest the generalized smear caused by the fakes of the Janet Napoles scam.
By Peter Angelo V. Perfecto
Last Thursday, the 3rd National Conference of Independent Business Clubs was held in Davao. Organized by the Mindanao Business Council and Makati Business Club, some 50 leaders and members of independent business clubs gathered to focus on the theme “Venturing Outward and Moving Forward: Exploring the Regional Potential.” Among those represented were the ARMM Business Council, Cebu Business Club, and Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
By Neni Sta. Romana Cruz
Why is the education secretary, Br. Armin Luistro FSC, talking lipstick these days, even dropping lines like “Nail polish is the new lipstick”? What has gotten into him that he has this new vocabulary?
By Stephen P. Groff
Early this month, millions of Filipinos felt the catastrophic strength of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” What can I write in its aftermath that would help ease their agony? What can I possibly say that might lighten their load?
By Jacqueline Cancio Vega
A commentary in the Inquirer, “Coping, not looting” (Opinion, 11/18/13), is one of the most insightful articles to come out in the aftermath of Supertyphoon “Yolanda/Haiyan.” The initiative to speak up to put things in their proper perspective—how things truly are—is a huge step for a usually reticent people.
By Neal H. Cruz
Manny Pacquiao is now engaged in a fight that he cannot win. Unlike many of the bimbos that he conquered in the ring, the taxman is powerful and merciless in all countries, including the Philippines. The whole country is watching this new fight closely; as in his boxing bouts, the people are cheering him on.
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.
By Rina Jimenez-David
The Asian-immigrant story in the United States often hews close to that of Amy Chua, who wrote “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” an account of how she raised her two daughters to be achievers mainly by hounding them and holding them to the highest standards of academic fulfillment and filial obedience.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
When represented in art, Andres Bonifacio wields a bolo.
By Michael L. Tan
I have two announcements today so I will feature one now, at the beginning, and save the other for the end of the column.