But for those still grieving for lost loved ones, beautiful Bohol has slowly picked itself up, its tourism program getting a second wind, and its world-famous Loboc Children’s Choir in fine fettle.
The decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to two advocates of children’s rights—one a world-famous teenager who survived an assassination attempt, the other a less-well-known campaigner who has fought against child exploitation for many years—is an inspired and inspiring choice. Seventeen-year-old Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and 60-year-old Kailash Satyarthi of India were awarded what is regarded as the world’s most prestigious prize “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
A “sickening” form of trash talk this one is. From June to August 2013, a company named Chronic Inc., based in Ontario, Canada, shipped 50 40-foot container vans to the Manila International Container Port, in six batches. The firm identified the vans’ contents as “scrap plastic materials for recycling.” The consignee of the shipments was Chronic Plastics, reportedly based in Valenzuela City.
Figures are no match to pictures. That much is apparent once again in the case of Vice President Jejomar Binay and the allegations of unexplained wealth against him and his family.
Photographs of Imelda Marcos posing against a backdrop of paintings hanging on a wall are reminders of the luxury that she and her family enjoyed in their heyday, and in fact continue to enjoy. Until now, the family that was overthrown partly for its legendary excesses not only has disdained contrition, but also continues to flout the law mandating the recovery of their ill-gotten assets.