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By Christopher Ryan B. Maboloc
The Philippines is not a democratic country. What we have are dysfunctional political institutions. They are not irreparably damaged, but because we have a badly debased political culture, any type of moral reform will not make societal change imminent. Thus, this dysfunction advances the opportunity for corruption.
By Jose Ma. Montelibano
When the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution removed a dictator, it was not only the physical Ferdinand Marcos that Filipinos sought to get rid of, it was also what he represented. Much has been said of his brilliance as a lawyer, his journey to political greatness, his brand of leadership. Yet, great power in the [...]
Termites, mold and typhoons have been blamed for the rot that reportedly damaged some 150 boxes of clothes, shoes and other personal effects of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos that were recently rediscovered at the National Museum. The stuff was left behind by the Marcoses when they hastily fled Malacañang in February 1986 at the height of the Edsa People Power Revolt, transferred two years ago to an unused, padlocked hall in the museum, and left there untouched. Not until the room was flooded by recent monsoon rains through a leak in the ceiling was the stash brought to light by shocked, apparently clueless employees.
By Eleanor R. Dionisio
September 23, 1972, was a Saturday. But at St. Theresa’s College Quezon City (STCQC), we were at school to make up for unplanned holidays owed to typhoons and mass protests. The lesson we got was unplanned, too. Scrawled on the blackboards were the words “Martial law has been declared.” Proclamation 1081, dated Sept. [...]
By Raul C. Pangalangan
It is said that “We, the People” means something different to the generation that risked life and limb to win the revolution, and that that meaning is diluted with each passing generation.
By Conrado de Quiros
Filipinos should stop blaming his father for this country’s abject pass, Bongbong Marcos said on the eve of Edsa last week. “China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia can all point to the progress they have made these last 26 years but unfortunately, for the majority of our people, nothing much has changed today. Blaming past administrations will not bring food to the plates of the hungry. Excuses cannot substitute for performance and results.”
Twenty-six years after Edsa I, also called the 1986 People Power Revolution, exactly what has changed? People old enough to remember ask the question with a feeling of frustration, while those who are too young find it hard to relate to an event too remote in time. But for the bustle that the administration tried to whip up in the run-up to today’s remembering, one can readily see that the national mood is disinterest.
By Juan L. Mercado
In the runup to the 26th anniversary of People Power this month, the contrast couldn’t be starker.
The Sunday Lifestyle section of the Aug. 14 issue of the Inquirer showed once again the schizophrenia of the paper’s editorial board. Under the title “Playtime,” it devoted a four-page “puff piece” to a woman who, with her husband, was the cause of great evil in the Philippines. Has the Inquirer no respect for the [...]
In our 1987 Constitution, there is a very important provision that should be given top priority, but seems to have been completely overlooked by our lawmakers. The provision states, “The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.” (Article II, Sec. 26) More [...]
President Ferdinand Marcos deserves to be buried, and should be buried, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. That pantheon of heroes is reserved primarily for military personnel who die in the line of duty, or who give up their lives in defense of our country, cherished freedom and liberty. Any Filipino who has honorably served [...]
By Conrado de Quiros
Vice President Jojo Binay has made a decision on Ferdinand Marcos. He is not to be buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani, he is to be buried instead with full military honors in Ilocos Norte. Does this make things better? No. It shows yet again how P-Noy (President Benigno Aquino III) did the country a [...]