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I Remember

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My claim to fame in writing is grounded on the fact that I remember a lot of things, this despite increasing senior moments. One of my favorite topics, corruption, has long threads throughout post WWII Philippine history. These threads provide context, something that unfortunately many columnists would rather not refer to as context makes hot issues old issues. Context puts substance, too, and substance often makes sensationalism look trashy.

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion,Viewpoints | Read More »

A matter of choice

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Three weeks of frantic relief work disrupted our lives. Being part of a movement that is anchored on volunteerism and poverty challenged all of us who are involved in one way or another with Gawad Kalinga. And there is no end in sight, not when millions are displaced and some of them crippled by grief, trauma, and sheer hopelessness.

Posted: December 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Great change, great legacy

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Life swings violently at times, as is its pattern in moments of great change. The earth rocks, the floods surge, the slopes slide, and the winds howl. That is nature every so often. That is politics as well, when the time of cleansing and purging comes.

Posted: November 14th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

A little history of thievery

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The big mistake is to be awed by the numbers of the million people march. It did not hit one million, maybe not even one half. It is a bigger mistake to not to be awed by the event last Monday because it deserves all the credit it claims.

Posted: August 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Continuing People Power

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I feel like it is EDSA people power again. The first and second EDSA revolutions were against presidents who were seen as unfit to continue in office. Their sins to the people were many, and grave enough to trigger massive protests and defections of the military. The dictator Marcos, of course, was blamed for more crimes than Estrada. After all, he was dictator for 14 years and a regular president for 7, and dictatorships everywhere were characterized with summary killings aside from massive looting.

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Viewpoints | Read More »

Despite All These

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There are many voices cluttering the thought waves. Technology, driven by increased human demand for freedom of expression and transparency in everything, allows every Juan, Jose and Pedro to give his piece in every form of media available. And we have to count all the Marias, too, for women are a formidable force in Philippine media and global cyberspace.

Posted: July 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

The Unwanted

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The rains are here, and so are the floods. There are reasons why many believe that climate change is causing such a disruption in our weather patterns. It matters less if these are really new patterns or a natural part of an old pattern that we just never knew before. What is important is that at least three generations of living Filipinos know there are dramatic changes in our weather today versus remembered yesteryears.

Posted: June 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Now is the perfect moment

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I am on a ferry boat from Cebu on its way to Hilongos, Leyte. It has been some time since I have taken this route to reach Maasin, Southern Leyte, which is my final destination for today. My age does not encourage me to do traveling like this anymore. After all, I had to wake [...]

Posted: April 18th, 2013 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Braveheart

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Losing a friend as many and I have in William MacGregor Esposo, or Billy, despite our having accepted a long time ago that death was an active and constant threat to him, is always an emotional trauma. We who had been among Billy’s closest friends in the last two decades are not strangers to the dramas of life, not at our ages. And we have not been strangers to danger, excitement and radical change either – these had brought us together, kept us together, and made our friendships even stronger.

Posted: April 11th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

The future is now

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Politicians have become entertainers, and entertainers have become politicians. For as long as Filipinos seek entertainment more than good governance, then it will continue to be entertainers becoming politicians and politicians become entertainers. Entertainment tends to distract us from our daily worries, or the exhaustion from our daily routine. With the kind of extreme poverty [...]

Posted: April 4th, 2013 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Go to the People, Go to the People

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For five days, the largest and most inspiring volunteer event in Philippines history, the Bayani Challenge, witnessed upwards of 70,000 participants daily. The Bayani Challenge is a joint event of Pilipinas Natin and Gawad Kalinga hosted in 37 sites in 33 provinces. It began on March 23 and ended, the other day, March 27.

Posted: March 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

College subsidy for whom, for what?

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It is time to review the program of subsidizing state universities and colleges. Like any government expense, school subsidies must have justification, their objectives clear and desirable, and their results measurable and proportionately beneficial to the common good. The massive support for public school system from grade school to high school is understandable and necessary. [...]

Posted: March 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

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