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Prepare for China: Part II

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It may simply be a game for China. After all, who is the Philippines to fight back? Pushing us away from the sea, water-hosing our fishermen in Scarborough Shoal, blocking our supply ships at Second Thomas Shoal (Ayuningin Reef), China ups the ante in its bullying of the Philippines. And it seems that most Filipinos are not aware how close we are to war.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion,Viewpoints | Read More »

Speculation and chismis

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The presidential elections are two years away, yet it is beginning to seem like we already are in an early campaign mode. It must be that the great powers given to the Office of the President and the Executive Branch can actually make the head spin, or the mouth salivate – even from onlookers.

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Viewpoints | Read More »

Prepare for China

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I have Chinese blood. More than 200 years ago, a Chinaman married a native from Iloilo City. From that union, a whole clan was born – that that clan keeps growing and growing. I am not against the Chinese. How can I be when we have shared blood?

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

I Remember

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My claim to fame in writing is grounded on the fact that I remember a lot of things, this despite increasing senior moments. One of my favorite topics, corruption, has long threads throughout post WWII Philippine history. These threads provide context, something that unfortunately many columnists would rather not refer to as context makes hot issues old issues. Context puts substance, too, and substance often makes sensationalism look trashy.

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion,Viewpoints | Read More »

Climate change kills the poor first

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Without much attention from those not directly affected, tropical depression Agaton kills over 40 in Mindanao. And because the storm that has been bringing heavy rains hardly moves and has not yet exited, it can cause more deaths. I wrote last week that 2014 will not be a walk in the park, and Agaton is a precursor of things to come.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Chance of a lifetime

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I start the year with a greater resolve to build in tune with people of like-spirit who see 2014 as the year of reconstruction. There will be serious distractions, I am sure, as Filipinos have finally found the impetus for change long evaded. My distractions will be somebody else’s advocacy, and change demands both dismantling and rebuilding. I will fasten my seat belts, tightly.

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Rebuild: Philippines

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I was finally able to make it to Tacloban after almost two months of wanting to. Someone asked me what the difference was between Tacloban and other towns in Western Visayas that I had visited last November.  After all, the sight of broken coconut trees were common, as were destroyed homes that littered the sides [...]

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Continuing catharsis

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It has been tumultuous year, 2013 was, full of so much drama. And Yolanda was a tragic year ender with its impact setting the pace for the new year. It seems to me that 2014 cannot but reflect a continuing catharsis. Too many firsts had begun in 2013, too radical have been the beginning of [...]

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

A matter of choice

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Three weeks of frantic relief work disrupted our lives. Being part of a movement that is anchored on volunteerism and poverty challenged all of us who are involved in one way or another with Gawad Kalinga. And there is no end in sight, not when millions are displaced and some of them crippled by grief, trauma, and sheer hopelessness.

Posted: December 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Great change, great legacy

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Life swings violently at times, as is its pattern in moments of great change. The earth rocks, the floods surge, the slopes slide, and the winds howl. That is nature every so often. That is politics as well, when the time of cleansing and purging comes.

Posted: November 14th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

No, we are not stupid either

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I wonder why many can lie outright, disguised in words that make the lie not entirely libelous, and then get shocked when confronted. Many P-Noy haters go coy and say, “No one ever accused P-Noy of being a thief.”

Posted: November 7th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Corruption thrives in poverty

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The nature of change, once the tempo picks up, is that one drama follows another until several can be happening at the same time.

Posted: September 12th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

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