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The road to a housing solution

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Since the start of President Aquino’s administration, urban poor people have worked with then Secretary Jesse Robredo and later with Secretary Mar Roxas of the Department of the Interior and Local Government to come up with a housing plan acceptable to both the poor and the government.

Posted: September 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

How corruption can be curbed

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Illustration by Steph Bravo

The country has been reeling from a barrage of sordid tales of how the pork barrel scam was carried out. The unfolding details reveal a massive web of corruption that has scandalized even those who thought they have heard everything.

Posted: August 31st, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

When I made a choice

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The question is always asked: Why do you want to become a lawyer? To a law student, this is probably either: a) their favorite question, which will allow them to expound on why they are passionate about the law, or b) the most depressing question, because it will lead to a narration and description of their current life of misery in law school.

Posted: August 17th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Tsinelas’

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I’m glad our paper chose Jesse Robredo as Filipino of the Year. He was the one who most had an impact on the country last year, alas, not by living but by dying, which made us realize what we had just lost. Alas, it’s always been thus, too: “Don’t it always seem to go/ That [...]

Posted: January 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The year that was

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It was the worst of times, it was the best of times.

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

Corrupt journalists

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Earlier this month, four columnists (two from the Star, one from Manila Standard Today, and one from Malaya Business Insight) were observed using the same talking points—the term of art is “column feed”—to attack Sen. Franklin Drilon and his proposal for higher “sin taxes” on tobacco and alcohol.

Posted: November 19th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Blessed’ Jesse Robredo

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Debate in the Catholic Church today is mostly about the proper understanding of the Second Vatican Council. We can discuss these matters theologically, though that is the most abstract of approaches and sometimes the most puzzling.

Posted: November 18th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Airborne to disaster

The finding by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) that pilot error was behind the plane crash that killed Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo should remind everyone that in the era of easy and readily available air transport, safety remains a key concern and a nagging challenge.

Posted: November 16th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Unfunny mimicry

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I have been a follower of @superstarmarian for a while now. Her tweets most certainly amuse. That’s why I was surprised when, scrolling down my feed weeks ago, I noted that her tweets were unusually sad.

Posted: October 20th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

To serve and protect

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THEN INTERIOR Secretary Jesse Robredo saluted the colors as he inspected the troops at the arrival  honors given to him by the Philippine National Police during his first visit to its headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City on July 14, 2010. Photo by PNP-PIO

The State shall establish and maintain one police force, which shall be national in scope and civilian in character, to be administered and controlled by a national police commission….

Posted: September 29th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Recognizing true public service

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Are true public servants a dying breed? Indeed it is easy for most of us to find fault with government and the people who make it up. For many an ordinary citizen, government is that bureaucrat sitting behind a window or counter, standing in the way of a required document such as a birth certificate, passport, driver’s license, or clearance from some agency of government. For others, government is that politician whose likeness or imprint is all over town, in posters greeting us a happy fiesta or whatever occasion, or in public facilities like lampposts bearing his initials. For most Filipinos, dealing with government tends to be an unsavory experience, often marked by inefficiency, incompetence or arrogance.

Posted: September 24th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Robredo’s revenge

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What the late Secretary Jesse Robredo could not accomplish in life in the past two years, he did through his death: the removal of Undersecretary Rico E. Puno from the Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the end of the latter’s hold over the Philippine National Police.

Posted: September 20th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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