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Her womb and other Lenten thoughts


Former President Joseph Estrada, accused of plunder, had a problem with his knees and he was allowed to fly to Hong Kong for surgery.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Mayor Estrada and Vice Mayor Moreno defend expanded truck ban


Last Monday, the first day of the expanded truck ban in Manila and the strike by protesting truckers, Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada came ready: He was dressed in a camouflage uniform. On the first day of the bus ban, he also came in combat fatigues. Asked by journalists at the Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel why he was in combat uniform, Erap answered, “I have been challenged by the truckers.”

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Cardinal Sin’s biggest mistake?


The idea that most Filipinos are deeply disillusioned with the People Power revolution is merely conventional, and needs to be empirically tested; I think the reality is somewhere between benign ignorance (many see Edsa 1986 only as an event in history, the occasion for a school holiday) and active acceptance (some continue to see it as a source of genuine change).

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Ruby Tuason’s affidavit


It has been almost six months since the first cases of plunder and graft involving lawmakers’ pork barrel were filed at the Office of the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman has to carefully evaluate these charges before endorsing them to the Sandiganbayan for trial or dismissing them outright for insufficiency of evidence. The one thing the Ombudsman cannot do is bury them among its files in the expectation that the public will soon forget about them. No, despite “Yolanda” and Vhong Navarro, the issue remains very much alive in the public consciousness.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Through the prism of Thai politics


In previous columns, I have argued that Thailand’s attempts to grapple with the complex problem of legitimacy since 2001 illuminate for us the roots of the crisis that rocked our society during the presidencies of Joseph Ejercito “Erap” Estrada and of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA). They prod us to reflect on the exigencies of our [...]

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Thailand’s Edsa 2: from civil conflict to uncivil war?


There are occasional references to the Edsa Uprising, with one speaker saying, “The Filipinos did it in nine days. We can do it, too.” The event to which he was comparing the Bangkok mass protests was the original Edsa Revolution that toppled Marcos in 1986, not to the more appropriate middle-class rebellion that removed Joseph Estrada from the presidency in 2002.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

‘What kind of man are you?’


Actor and occasional politician Phillip Salvador was among the first friends who showed up at the Senate yesterday to show their support for Sen. Bong Revilla. I caught reporter Christina Mendez’s tweet soon after he arrived, which quoted him as saying in Filipino: “In a situation like this, your friend needs to see you, [to know] that your support is there and will never change.”

Posted: January 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



Ferdie Topacio is busy earning his keep. He came out recently blasting the government for persecuting the person who is buttering his bread.

Posted: January 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What did Estrada and Arroyo talk about?


What was the subject of the conversation when Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada visited Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in December?

Posted: January 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A signal Estrada to run for president again in 2016?

The meeting between Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada and former president Gloria Arroyo (Metro, 12/22/13) was totally unexpected but it was fraught with political undertones and colors.

Posted: January 7th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Estrada visit gesture of compassion

This is a rejoinder to the letter of a certain George Jimenez (Opinion, 1/1/14). The visit of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last Dec. 22 was a pure gesture of Christian compassion. There was no other motive or consideration. The visit was planned a year ago but was delayed by certain [...]

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Estrada critic missed out on a central Christian virtue

Reader George Jimenez criticized former President Erap Estrada for visiting former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her hospital prison in a public act of forgiveness (Opinion, 1/1/14). May I remind him of the following: The facts: As Erap himself recalled, he spent much of his detention at his Tanay rest house. Arroyo allowed him to leave [...]

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »



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