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Remember the plunder

The Inquirer’s series on the Edsa People Power revolution, whose 28th anniversary we mark today, helps deepen our understanding of those four
pivotal days in history.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Clones?

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“Don’t cry For Me Argentina” is a song from a 1978 Broadway musical. Evita Peron sang this from the Casa Rosada balcony, expressing regrets and defiance. “No llores por mi Argentina/ The truth is I never left you / All through my wild days / My mad existence/ I kept my promise….”

Posted: February 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Speed and even-handedness

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There are two noteworthy aspects of the case of Vilma Bautista, a former personal aide of Imelda Marcos that should be pointed out. The first is that insofar as memory serves, she is the ONLY member of the “entourage” of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos—meaning themselves, their close aides, and their cronies at any time during their 14-year dictatorship—who is going to jail (I am assuming that her appeal will be turned down). The second is the speed with which her case was resolved (in New York): It took, from indictment to decision, 13 months. Add another month for the sentence to come down.

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Resilience

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I’ve more affinity with the south than the north and was horrified by what happened to Tacloban.

Posted: November 11th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

History lessons

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My column on Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos yesterday and P-Noy’s declaration “I am not a thief” last week drove home a point for me. Which is good news and bad news for P-Noy.

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

Marcos, Misuari, & Gadhafi

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“Fear history,” declared Andres Bonifacio, “for it respects no secrets.” Ferdinand Marcos feared history, which explains why he left diaries to confound historians. A keen student of history, he used the lessons of the past to hold on to power longer than any Philippine president before or after him…

Posted: October 3rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

When no one blushes

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What sets people apart from swine is the capacity to blush. “I will go wash,” wrote Shakespeare in Coriolanus. “And when my face is fair, you shall perceive/Whether I blush or no.”

Posted: September 13th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Dark side

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Not all was light and hope in the last elections, there was a dark side to them. Agence France-Presse pointed it out last week. The elections also produced a “rogues’ gallery” of winners. Those rogues are:

Posted: May 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Leaks in the dike

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First off, my monumental thanks to WikiLeaks, whose founder Julian Assange remains cooped up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, unable to set foot outside its gates. In a week’s time, it has given today’s generation a better glimpse of martial law than Juan Ponce Enrile’s not very entertaining fiction about it.

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

‘After the sun goes out’

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The Year 2012 is now almost out the door. Was it an undiluted “Annus Horribilis” or “Year of Horrors”? Queen Elizabeth II dusted off that phrase in a 1992 address. Fire had gutted parts of Windsor Palace, and family scandals were capped by the Prince of Wales separating from Princess Diana.

Posted: December 28th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Caaaaaaaaassshhh!’

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“THEY DIDN’T only hoard shoes,” Daily Telegraph culture editor Martin Chilton wrote. “Former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and wife Imelda amassed an art collection, paid for with stolen funds.” Today, 146 masterpieces—including works by Van Gogh, Renoir, Rembrandt, Cezanne, Magritte and Brueghel the Younger—are missing.

Posted: November 30th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Finding the Marcos loot

Twenty-six years after Edsa I, the fabled treasure hoard of the late Ferdinand Marcos continues to dazzle and intrigue. During his 20 years in power, the strongman and his wife Imelda, as well as a number of their cronies, were believed to have moved billions of dollars of public funds to bank accounts and investments in Switzerland, the United States and other countries. So much wealth was taken from the country that no precise amount of the loot has been given to this day. And very little has been recovered so far.

Posted: November 26th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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