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For freedom and democracy

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I had always believed that people power meant less about the people in power than the power of the people.

Posted: February 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

A ‘close affinity’ with Mandela, in struggle for freedom, democracy

I wish to commend Day Desk chief Juliet Labog-Javellana for her detailed description of the life story of former South African President Nelson Mandela (Front Page, 12/7/13).

Posted: December 23rd, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The price for freedom

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“Having fought for our independence, we know that a price must be paid for freedom,” US President Barack Obama said in a policy speech on terrorism last May 23.   “For over the last decade, our nation has spent well over $1 trillion on war, exploding our deficits and constraining our ability to nation-build here [...]

Posted: May 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Anti-dynasty or anti-democracy?

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I am not sure who started what, whether political dynasties co-opted Church leaders or Church dynasties nurtured political dynasties. I guess that the history of societies would give us the final clue on who began dynasties – the agents of God or the agents of the State.   Religious rivalries have often brought out different [...]

Posted: January 31st, 2013 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

We’ve lost our freedom

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Christmas is upon us. A time, perhaps, to reflect on the past. Not the 2000 years past, although that’s an inevitability as we approach Christmas, but “in our lifetime” past.

Posted: December 19th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Scams and the freedom to err

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Reading recent reports of thousands of people being victimized by another pyramiding scam—this time operating out of the cities of Cebu, Pagadian, and Pasay—I found myself entertaining two different reactions. “Serves them right,” I thought, “for not using their commonsense and being blinded by greed.” But then I wondered, “Shouldn’t the government have known about this and stepped in before more small investors were robbed by this pack of swindlers?”

Posted: November 14th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Work and freedom

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[On the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty are the words “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”]       On the last Sunday of July we took a night cruise around lower Manhattan, the New York harbor and the Statue [...]

Posted: September 20th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Educating Pinoys for export

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With the impeachment trial over and K to 12 underway in our schools, we trust that the proposed laws marinating in Congress will be passed, especially the Reproductive Health Bill and the Freedom of Information Act.

Posted: June 7th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Memorial to freedom

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Much of the media accounts of President Aquino’s presence at the inauguration of the Peftok Korean War Memorial Hall (near the Libingan ng mga Bayani) last Thursday centered on his remarks regarding the plan of the North Korean government to release a long-range rocket later this month.

Posted: April 1st, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The freedoms Filipinos still have to fight for

I commend the Inquirer for its fresh and new ideas. True to its being number one, it always has a store of surprises for its millions of readers (to which I proudly belong). Its June 12, 2011 – 113th Philippine Independence Day – issue surprised me with its blackened outer cover page. It caught me [...]

Posted: June 29th, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Out of place Independence Day speech

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IN HIS Independence Day speech on Sunday, President Aquino claimed his one-year-old administration had laid the foundation of a “new chapter” in Philippine history underpinned by reforms designed to curb corruption and poverty. He promised Filipinos a country free from corruption and a nation no longer like a paper boat “drowning in a sea of [...]

Posted: June 16th, 2011 in Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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