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The limits of people power

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The Second Million People March (MPM) to protest the abuse of the pork barrel, this time held in Makati City on Oct. 4, turned out to be a pathetic parody of the 1986 People Power Revolution that toppled Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship.

Posted: October 9th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The dictatorship of the old order

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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.

Posted: April 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

EDSA: From dictatorship to democracy

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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 [...]

Posted: February 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Losing memory

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.

Posted: October 2nd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Dictatorship and prophecy

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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. [...]

Posted: September 20th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Independence Day: 1898 and 2012

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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.

Posted: June 7th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Blame them

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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.”

Posted: February 27th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

An unfinished project

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.

Posted: February 24th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Stark contrast

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In the runup to the 26th anniversary of People Power this month, the contrast couldn’t be starker.

Posted: February 6th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Why glorify disgraced dictator’s widow?

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 [...]

Posted: August 29th, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Hands-off solons

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 [...]

Posted: August 25th, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Ouster didn’t erase Marcos’ heroism

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 [...]

Posted: July 21st, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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