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Talking to Janet

There is no question that controversial businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles should “tell all”—that is, testify to everything she knows about the pork barrel scam she is alleged to have masterminded. But should Justice Secretary Leila de Lima broadcast details of her ongoing negotiation with Napoles to the entire world? The prudent thing to do, for legal purposes and for political reasons, would have been to issue a simple statement, that they were in talks, and then to leave it at that.

Posted: April 24th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

No ordinary illness

The Filipino nurse said to have tested positive for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) when he left the United Arab Emirates for the Philippines turned out negative of the dreaded disease. The Department of Health was able to track down the nurse and the family members who had been in close proximity with him from the time he arrived at the airport, and after quarantine and testing, all of them were pronounced negative of MERS-CoV.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A humbler Church

Five months before the election of Pope Francis, two Philippine archbishops preached the gospel of humility before a worldwide assembly of their fellow bishops.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Intervention needed

The pot of gold at the end of the basic-education rainbow is the high school diploma. Most of our high school seniors will be receiving theirs by the end of March. For the graduating students of “Yolanda”-hit towns, it will be a wait of another two weeks.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Idiots in the force?

It goes by a dry, innocuous title—Revised Police Operational Procedures Manual 2013 edition—the sort that makes the eyes glaze over and calls to mind reams of the most banal rules, directives and instructions, all the “should” and “should not,” the “must” and “must not,” that make up the nitty-gritty of everyday police work.

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Keep the focus

Large as the amount involved in the so-called pork barrel scam, it is true that bigger corruption scandals have pockmarked Philippine history.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Building better cities

With extreme weather disturbances now the new normal worldwide, it’s but appropriate for governments to seek “best practices and new approaches” to bringing about “livable cities” that will ensure the wellbeing, indeed the very survival, of their constituents. It takes bold thinking as well as an open mind.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Rock star

Has it been only a year? It feels much longer than that—and not because of a sense of tedium or despair, but because of the myriad little things that add up to what looks like a sea change in the Vatican ever since Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope and took the name Francis in March 2013.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

China’s harassment

Last Sunday, Chinese Coast Guard ships drove away two civilian fishing boats contracted by the Philippine Navy to resupply the Philippine military outpost in Ayungin Shoal. This was the first time China stopped a routine supply mission in disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea, proving that China has now reached a higher, even more irresponsible, level of assertiveness in pressing its territorial claims.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Market failure?

Waking up from its bureaucratic slumber, the Energy Regulatory Commission has finally declared that “market failure” marked trading at the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) late last year. In view of this finding, the commission ordered WESM operator Philippine Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC) to recalculate the prices at which power capacity had been sold, and Manila Electric Co. to correspondingly adjust electricity rates for November and December 2013.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

River run

The revival of the Pasig River Ferry comes across as an afterthought, but it’s a welcome idea just the same in view of the traffic gridlock feared to occur when an estimated 15 road projects get underway all at the same time in Metro Manila. (As it is, the traffic situation is a recurring nightmare.)

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Inspiration and regret

There are inspiring reasons why Filipino women should salute themselves in marking International Women’s Day today.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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