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Push agenda, not personalities


The presidential race, still more than two years away, is off to an early start. Aspirants are making their declarations, alliances are a-forming, the positioning of various personalities is getting tested.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

1994 election of Mandela remembered


As world leaders mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela, international media are replete with recollections of that historic moment in history, on May 2, 1994, when in an all-race democratic election, South Africa voted Mandela as its first black president, dismantling its globally loathed apartheid policy of racial segregation of blacks, coloreds and whites in a society dominated by the Afrikaner white minority who were descended from Dutch-based European settlers.

Posted: December 9th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The devil in the details

We have resoundingly spoken against pork barrel, and yet our leaders still seem hell-bent on lavishing largesse upon themselves. Are we totally helpless? Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno says we are not. We hold the power of “direct initiative” to bypass Congress and abolish pork on our own. Puno’s proposal is fraught with hope, but likewise risks disappointment.

Posted: October 19th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Participation of PWDs in elections


Persons with disability (PWDs) are as eager to vote as anyone else, and, to a large extent, were able to do so in the last two elections. This was the main finding of surveys by Social Weather Stations on the participation of PWDs—people with impaired mobility, hearing/speech, or vision—in the elections of 2010 and 2013, as presented at a postelection summit of Fully Abled Nation (FAN) on Oct. 14 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. FAN is a program, supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), that aims to raise the election participation of PWDs.

Posted: October 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The ‘appearance’ of regularity


Well, the counting’s over, and save for an “exposé” on supposed premature results of the presidential election released a day before the voting, there seems to be general agreement that, apart from some glitches and an atmosphere of intimidation leading up to the election, it was generally clean and reflective of voters’ sentiments.

Posted: October 13th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Like our elections, but not quite


Well, it seemed a foregone conclusion. President Ilham Aliyev has won a third term, assuring him of another five years leading Azerbaijan, this oil-rich nation on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

Posted: October 10th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Be wary of ‘pork defense’ lawyers’ dilatory tactics


It’s definite, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections scheduled next month have been postponed indefinitely.

Posted: September 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Special treatment of poll cases also stinks

In “Puzzles in election cases” (Opinion, 8/19/13), Domingo D. Bacsal Jr. seems to have failed to trace the source of the stink. It is not the election cases, it is the Commission on Elections itself.

Posted: September 5th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Starting them young

Should the Sangguniang Kabataan be abolished? It’s getting harder and harder to find good reasons not to. The latest reports on the ongoing registration for the SK and barangay elections in October underscore how compromised this supposed training ground for and official showcase of the country’s young political elite has become. In the Visayas, from [...]

Posted: July 30th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

More insidious than pork

In his July 18 column, Conrado de Quiros wrote: “During the last elections, only the senatorial candidates of Ang Kapatiran Party spoke out against it. They were Rizalito David, Marwil Llasos, and JC de los Reyes, and what they found execrable was the pork barrel. No other candidates, from left to right, did so…. If [...]

Posted: July 30th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The Estrada enigma


Former president Joseph Ejercito Estrada won the mayoralty race in Manila. The Commission on Elections proclaimed him the winner, and his opponent, Alfredo Lim, publicly conceded his victory. In fact, he will take his oath and assume office this noon. However, a legal challenge earlier dismissed by the Comelec may have gained some traction due to a very recent en banc jurisprudence, Comelec vs Jalosjos.

Posted: June 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Nothing to show for P1.8-B expenditure

The Commission on Elections spent P1.8 billion of government money for the controversial PCOS machines to improve the electoral process. And all it has to show for it is more controversy. It appears that the recent elections were no different from the previous ones. There are doubts about the integrity of the results. There were delays in the transmission of results. And a lot of questions about the elections are up in the air, left unanswered.

Posted: June 21st, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »



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