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When politicians rule the public discourse

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The daily dose of news on corruption involving powerful politicians escalates the public disgust against greed and rapacity. A headline-hogger since post-martial law times, the abuse of power and plunder are widely seen today as institutionally endemic and no longer involving isolated cases.

Posted: November 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Books as a measure of self-awareness

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The 3-day Philippine International Literary Festival/Book Industry Summit of the National Book Development Board (NBDB) culminates today with the yearly Komikon Convention, a fitting crowd-drawing finale for days of discussions on “The Pressing Issue: Sustainable Publishing Amid Asean Integration.”

Posted: November 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Powerlessness in the United States

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America voted Republican and repudiated its first black president. It seems to some, myself included, that while the voters censured Barack Obama and issues like his universal healthcare law, they were really censuring issues that lie much deeper in American society, namely the inequality and powerlessness that characterize its present economic and political systems. The voters looked with frustration and even hatred at Obama and his Democratic Party, but they did not lay a hand on the underlying evils. Voting Republican may make matters worse.

Posted: November 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Making the polluters pay

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As we commemorate the day when the strongest typhoon ever to hit land in recorded history claimed thousands of lives and devastated coastal communities in the Philippines, it is important to reflect on what future awaits a country considered among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Posted: November 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Internship—the new job interview

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At around this time in the academic year, Dean Joel Bawica of Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) College of Computer Studies gets together with Associate Deans Catherine Castillo, Enrico Rivano and Jefferson Lerios to prepare for what can very well be a litmus test for both the quality of the university and the graduates that they produce. Bawica and his faculty, like their contemporaries in other higher education institutions all over the country, are arranging for internship assignments for their graduating students.

Posted: November 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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