By Walden Bello
The primordial role of government, according to the great English philosopher Thomas Hobbes is to secure the life and limb of its citizens. I would disagree with Hobbes’ point that this is the primary role of government, but yes, I agree that providing security is one of the state’s main functions.
I would like to share an experience during my trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, passing through Helsinki, Finland.
By Amando Doronila
Almost to a man, most of the states on the rimlands of Asia-Pacific have closed ranks to denounce China’s “bullying” actions in the South China Sea and East China Sea.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Overseas Filipino workers have long been called the nation’s “bagong bayani” (new heroes), earning the accolade not because they give up their lives for the country, or fight for its sovereignty or independence, but because by their sacrifices, they support their families and keep the Philippine economy afloat.
This is in response to Neal Cruz’s column “DFA’s ePassport project goes bust” (Inquirer, 11/28/12).