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Graft overrunning ‘daang matuwid,’ impoverishes Filipino veterans

On TV one morning, there was shown a boy walking the streets of Manila begging for alms. I could not do anything but pity him. But seeing him on TV gave me a glimpse of how the P10-billion pork barrel scam must have affected our country.

Posted: June 11th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Surviving the flood

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Religious leaders in the United States, it’s said, are “divided” over their verdict on “Noah,” a huge Hollywood blockbuster that tells the story of the biblical boat-builder.

Posted: June 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Toward ‘better’ families

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Leonie Nervida, 47, lives in a tiny, two-room apartment that lies at the end of a row of similarly small apartments in Barangay New Banicain in this city. She shares the single bedroom with her husband Francisco (“Nanie”) who, at 60, is 13 years older than she.

Posted: June 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Grief and renewal in Tacloban

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Wilma and Jong are “Yolanda” survivors, along with their son, who is in college. But Wilma’s eyes have the dull look of grief, and tears threaten to spill when Jong fishes out his cell phone and displays a photo of their daughter Jahan, who was 15 and a high school senior when the supertyphoon hit their seaside barangay.

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Account for relief aid—DSWD told

It was disconcerting to hear Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman’s announcement that relief operations in Supertyphoon “Yolanda”-devastated areas will end in December. This was made amid reports about the inexplicably inadequate amount of government relief assistance reaching typhoon victims.

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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