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Bread and circuses

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These people of the lie dispense cakes heavily laced with the vanilla syrup of graft and corruption, following to the letter the exhortation of their 18th-century idol and icon to give the people cake to stuff their hungry mouths with, to make them think they are full and therefore happy, to silence them.

Posted: December 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Bibingka

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“There is always a philosophy for lack of courage.”—Albert Camus I was waiting in a restaurant at Greenbelt on Wednesday night, all by myself. My dinner companions were still in the airport, their flight from Iloilo slightly delayed. And I had to expect rush hour traffic to add to the delay. Which was a good thing for me.

Posted: November 14th, 2014 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Rethinking hunger

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The world has a nutrition problem. Though great strides have been made toward the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of undernourished people in developing countries, the problem remains persistent, pervasive and complex. After all, the issue goes beyond merely providing more food; effective efforts to reduce undernourishment must ensure that people have access to enough of the right types of food—those that give them the nutrients they need to live healthy, productive lives.

Posted: November 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

No inclusivity yet

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In the phrase “inclusive growth,” the key word is “inclusive,” not “growth.” Unless economic growth is inclusive, meaning that it benefits the lower classes, let us not make so much propaganda about it.

Posted: November 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

No one cared enough

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I was so stunned by Senator Grace Poe giving a privileged speech about the hunger and malnutrition stalking 15 million children in the Philippines. Privileged speeches are nothing new. Nor is the hunger and malnutrition that the senator mentioned. What is new is that a senator mentioned it at all. The hungry might have just gotten lucky, for once.

Posted: October 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

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