The stirring images of prodemocracy protesters weathering tear gas and pepper spray fired by riot police on Sunday in Hong Kong tug at the heart of Filipinos of a certain generation.
We Filipinos are oftentimes guilty of being complacent, even apathetic, to what is happening around us.
By Michael L. Tan
Older Filipinos will associate the term “surplus” with used military gear and equipment from the Americans. The jeepney is a prime example, developed from military Jeeps. Surplus, too, were the camouflage uniforms, tents, blankets, even water canteens that found their way from US military bases in the country to Angeles’ shops, and into Manila. […]
By Mahar Mangahas
Our newly posted report, “First quarter 2014 Social Weather Survey: Survey on usage, attitudes and behavior of Filipinos towards smoking” (www.sws.org.ph, 6/18/2014), backs up the Department of Health’s announcement last May 30, the day before World No Tobacco Day, that smoking among the young and the very poor has decreased. The DOH considers the youth and the poor as its prime target groups.
By Oscar Franklin Tan
Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old California student who tragically killed six peers then shot himself in his treasured black BMW, has obsessed the American media.