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Political vaudeville

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Politics is always theater but in the last few weeks, the country seems to have been watching a particular form of theater, and a long-playing one at that: vaudeville, or, in its Philippine incarnation, bodabil.

Posted: July 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Tuloy Poe kayo’

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I had been telling friends I’d use that line in a column one of these days. I wouldn’t endorse a specific presidential candidate, I’d just set out “general principles” about the next president I want.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The year that was

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It was the worst of times, it was the best of times.

Posted: December 30th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Don’t wait until they are dead

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William Shakespeare was wrong when he made Mark Antony say in his “Friends, Romans, countrymen/lend me your ears” funeral oration for Julius Caesar: “The evil that men do lives after them/The good is oft buried with their bones.” In real life, it is the exact opposite, at least in the Philippines, as the recent outpouring of praise for the dead Jesse Robredo has shown.

Posted: August 30th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Idol Pidol’ also a ‘teacher’ worth emulating by politician

It saddens me that the outpouring of grief and avalanche of tributes for the late Rodolfo “Dolphy” Vera Quizon Sr. only center on his valuable contributions to the arts, especially, in the sphere of comedy-drama where—thanks to his outstanding roster of works on stage, radio, television and the movies—he reigned supreme.

Posted: July 26th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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