Malacanang’s response to the release of a Social Weather Stations survey showing that 43 percent, or about 9.3 million Filipinos, considered themselves hungry, and 55 percent, or some 12.1 million Filipino families, thought themselves poor, was true to form.
Unbeknownst to the general public, a hardy group has embarked on a 1,000-kilometer walk from Manila to Tacloban City to call attention to one reality: climate change.
It’s about time someone spoke out on Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao’s considered priorities. “I wish he’d be more involved here,” Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. was quoted as telling reporters last Wednesday in reference to the congressman and his duties at the House of Representatives. The Speaker made the point after noting Pacquiao’s recent debut as professional basketball playing coach, which he made while in training for his title fight with American Chris Algieri next month in Macau.
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.”