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The real score

Let’s recap again the magnitude of destruction wrought by “Yolanda” last year: According to data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the supertyphoon left 6,293 dead, 1,061 missing and 28,689 injured, 1,140,332 houses destroyed or partially damaged, 13 million coconut trees felled, P19.6 billion worth of infrastructure damaged, and some 200,000 families forced to [...]

Posted: August 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Much better, but . . .

In the wake of Typhoon “Glenda,” the numbers are in, and they seem, well, in a sense, encouraging: 40 dead compared to 200 when Typhoon “Milenyo”—a storm of comparable strength—struck in 2006; zero deaths and zero major injuries in the City of Manila; likewise with Albay, which bore the brunt of the storm but reported zero casualties; and more than 400,000 people evacuated to higher grounds both in Metro Manila and in the provinces, with most residents cooperating fully this time and not taking lightly the government warnings to remove themselves from the path of disaster.

Posted: July 19th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others

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But isn’t it always time to think of others?

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Passion, death and resurrection

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A boy carrying a cross leads a group of children and lay missionaries before Fr. Romeo Obach, CSsR, says Mass in Barangay Anibong in Tacloban City. PHOTO BY BRYAN ANGAYAN/CONTRIBUTOR

Instead of being a time of joy and hope, November and December last year might as well be the season of Lent, a time of grief and despair for some 16 million Filipinos living in 14 provinces along the path of Super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan).

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Post-‘Yolanda’ trauma/tension releasing exercise

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“Hurricanes destroy earthquakes shatter, war rips apart, economies collapse, businesses go bankrupt, people die. This is the way of the world. Human suffering is based on wanting to change the things that have happened and wanting to change people. When we understand that the only thing we can change is our response to people and [...]

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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