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Still, impunity

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Ukul Talumpa was the mayor of Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur. He, his wife, a 25-year-old relative, and a year-and-a-half old infant were shot and killed by gunmen as they emerged into the bay area from Naia 3. The gunmen, as usual, rode on motorcycles and drove away before terrified guards and onlookers could react. Not as usual, they wore cops’ uniforms underneath their jackets. How they managed to evade every security check in the airport, only they, and NAIA 3 officials, can say. There is no CCTV to record what happened.

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Priorities

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I was dumbstruck by a couple of stories last Tuesday.

Posted: July 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

When it comes to guns, it’s ‘monkey-see, monkey-do’

High on the altar of American values lies the “macho” culture. Part and parcel of this “culture” is its revered symbol—the golden gun.

Posted: February 18th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

No end yet for unbridled greed; watch out for guns, gold

It used to be thought that with its finite resources the world cannot support its expanding population, but now undisputed—except by the uninformed and the guilty—is the fact that there is enough for every man’s needs but not enough for every man’s greed. This applies worldwide, even in the United States and Wall Street. “Bato-bato sa langit, ang tamaan huwag magagalit.”

Posted: January 28th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

At the mercy of the gun

The bizarre incident that took place on Jan. 22 in a municipal trial court in Cebu City, in which a Canadian retiree shot down his neighbor and the latter’s lawyer, compounds the sense of things coming unhinged in a nation at the mercy of the gun. The fact that the incident took place in a courtroom, at a time a firearms ban was being implemented by the Commission on Elections because of the election season, is confounding and, at the same time, alarming. What is our world coming to?

Posted: January 25th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Staying alive

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I find P-Noy’s rejection of a gun ban for the coming elections rather disquieting. He himself has sought an exemption from it, as he has for certain groups of people who stand in harm’s way and need to defend themselves.   He argues thus: “I myself have been a victim of violence in 1987 and [...]

Posted: January 15th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Guns, mental illness

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The calls for gun control are all too predictable, and worrisome. I fear that after a few weeks, public concern will wear off and people will forget the two children killed by still unidentified gunmen ON New Year’s Eve, and the victims of gunman Ronald Bae in Kawit, Cavite.

Posted: January 8th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Wasteful

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I did say last time out that the worry is that this country being wont to copy American fads with colonial ferocity, even murderous ones, we could always find ourselves in the grip of a Sandy-Hook-type horror. But I did say as well that that worry wasn’t all that urgent, we still had a culture that militated against the kind of alienation that could induce someone to massacre schoolchildren in cold blood.

Posted: January 7th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Time to act is now

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Gunshots served to welcome the year—gunshots that killed a total of nine innocents and 13 others whom law enforcers described as “members of a big criminal group.”

Posted: January 7th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Gunned down

Only a week old, and the year 2013 is already groaning under the weight of a terrible burden: the death, by gun, of many innocents.

Posted: January 6th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Stop the proliferation of guns!

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It is starting to happen to us.

Posted: January 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Still, villain

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If you’re a parent, you’d know the feeling. In fact, if you’re someone’s brother or sister, you’d know the feeling. Still in fact, if you’re just a human being you’d know the feeling.

Posted: January 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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