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‘Kapit sa patalim’

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The phrase literally means “clinging to a knife,” as awe-inspiring and visceral a way of describing the lot of many Filipinos as you can find. It’s the heart of desperation, a loss-loss choice between surviving and surviving badly, between being alive and raggedly so. That is the state in which overseas Filipino workers in Libya now find themselves: kapit sa patalim.

Posted: August 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Libyan trap: A tragedy of our own making

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The primordial role of government, according to the great English philosopher Thomas Hobbes is to secure the life and limb of its citizens. I would disagree with Hobbes’ point that this is the primary role of government, but yes, I agree that providing security is one of the state’s main functions.

Posted: August 4th, 2014 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

When OFWs come home

There’s some good news from the manufacturing sector. As economist and professor Cielito Habito noted in his July 15 column in this paper, the sector is showing tremendous growth—an average of 8.1 percent in the last four years, against only 3 percent in 2004-2009.

Posted: July 23rd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

China alienating itself with its hectoring ways

I am a first-level court judge posted in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. My father is a full-blooded Chinese who migrated to the Philippines in 1938 at the height of the Sino-Japanese war.

Posted: July 15th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Justice Carpio explains the case against China

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For most of us ordinary citizens many of the acronyms that make up much of the discussions concerning our dispute with China are just terms and phrases used by international lawyers talking with each other. Many of us know very little or almost nothing about Unclos, EEZ, ECS, LTE, and other similar references that are at the heart of the disagreements with our powerful next-door neighbor.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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  • Sports

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  • NBA All-Star Shawn Marion joins anti-bullying, anti-hazing drive in Bicol
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  • Belinda Bencic, 17, reaches US Open quarterfinals
  • Lifestyle

  • Japan confirms more dengue infections—officials
  • F. Sionil José issues list of recommended books
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  • Because of heritage protest, DPWH halts Nueva Vizcaya road project
  • León to auction off pieces from distinguished collections
  • Entertainment

  • Mark Gil passes away
  • Celebrities, netizens mourn Mark Gil’s death
  • Googling yourself hurts, says Miley Cyrus
  • Screenings of Lav’s winning films set
  • Two acts that didn’t disapppoint–one of them Filipino
  • Business

  • ALS ice bucket challenge reaches circle of PH tycoons
  • Local stock index regains lost ground
  • Century Properties to diversify into commercial leasing
  • SM Prime raises P20 billion from bond offer
  • DoubleDragon takes over mothballed Skysuites project
  • Technology

  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge arrives in North Korea
  • ‘Internet fasting’—returning to the real world
  • PH ranks 8th in Ice Bucket Challenge participation
  • Google tests using drones to deliver goods
  • DigiTech conference, Best of Anime to keep September busy
  • Opinion

  • Aquino-SC standoff dangerous to balance of power
  • Editorial cartoon, September 01, 2014
  • Independent Sereno
  • What’s behind MRT-3’s problems
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  • Global Nation

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