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This refers to the letter titled “Also victims of grave injustice” (Inquirer, 2/23/13). I recall vividly that President Ferdinand Marcos, in a display of statesmanship and a gesture of compassion, released from prison his archrival, the sickly and aging Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. so that the latter could undergo a bypass operation abroad. We [...]
By Juan L. Mercado
Suddenly, it is twilight. A stoop matches our gray hair and bifocals. They say we’re the elderly folk we used to zip past unheeding. Where did those years go?
By Michael L. Tan
DID YOU know that Jan. 6, Three Kings’ Day, has also sometimes been called “Pasko ng mga Matatanda,” the Christmas of the elderly?
By Shirley Wilson de las Alas
The best part of my life now is the freedom to stay in bed and read and sleep and read and eat and sleep again. Often, I lose track of time. I wake up wondering where I am, what day it is, what time it is. Am I meeting someone for lunch, or am I free today to do some vacuuming or mopping, or both? I must sort the mounting pile of laundry, too, or I must buy more clothes.
Nathaniel R. Melican, in a letter, suggested that a law be passed, giving senior tourists discounts equivalent to those given Filipino senior citizens. (Inquirer, 3/30/12)
I agree completely with Shirley de las Alas regarding the poor enforcement of laws providing specific privileges for the elderly and handicapped. (“Heed that sign!”, Inquirer, 3/18/12) For example, elevators are always full of able-bodied people, while the truly handicapped are made to wait for two or three trips before they can get a ride.
SPEAKING AT a seminar in Washington DC in 2002, Prof. Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel prize winner and former chief economist of the World Bank, said: “There is no subject of greater importance than the aging of the population and the provision of social protection for older people.
By Shirley Wilson de las Alas
It’s said that 70 is the new 50; well and good. I have a 70-plus brain and when it wakes in the morning, there’s no debating what it wants me to do first. Run to the bathroom, back pain, knee pain and all. I keep my toilet bowl sparkling white and immaculately clean for when I see it, my brain gives the go signal to open the flood gates. My first morning prayer is: “Thank you, Lord, I made it!”
While President Aquino is focusing on perking up the Philippine economy, an opportunity with huge economic potentials is being overlooked. This opportunity could be a good topic for discussion with US President Barack Obama come June 2012, when Mr. Aquino goes on a state visit to the United States.
This refers to the letter, titled “Senators and the poor” (Inquirer, 2/11/12) of Sammy Santos, director of the Senate Print Media, Public Relations and Information Bureau. Santos’ letter was his answer to my letter, “Senators are clueless about the sufferings of the poor.” (Inquirer, 1/18/12)
By Ramon Farolan
First of all, let me share a few thoughts on the Armed Forces of the Philippines during the year that just ended. Two events in 2011 struck at the soul and the body of the military organization. In February, a retired AFP budget officer revealed how huge amounts of military funds were being generated and [...]
Last Aug. 30, my husband and I took a plane from Iloilo for Manila at 10:20 a.m. Our hand-carried items included a 7-kg cabin trolley, my handbag and my husband’s attaché case. The flight was called for boarding at 9:30 a.m. As we were moving toward the tube, we were told to go down the [...]