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Lamentation for Manila 2014

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Situated just after the prophecies of Jeremiah in the Old Testament, the Book of Lamentations tells of the terrible destruction and sorrow in Jerusalem after the city was conquered by the Babylonians, and the Jewish leaders taken into captivity in 586-520 BC.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Peace women

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I can imagine the elation of supporters of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law gathered in Baguio, in Manila, and elsewhere in the country over news that the Supreme Court has, by and large, ruled that the RH Law is constitutional.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Demonyo tables’

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Weeks ago I wrote about the overheated auction scene in Manila and the elegant Baliuag furniture made from Philippine hardwood ornamented with pleasing designs from carabao horn.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Mayor Binay right in standing up to Makati elite

I have a different take on Mayor Junjun Binay’s insistence on passing through a no-exit gate on his way out of an exclusive Makati village.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Journey

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Nothing can prepare the uninitiated for Manila’s public transport system. Day in and day out, millions of people crowding this haphazardly planned metropolis cram themselves inside jeepneys, buses and trains, enduring a daily defiance of science’s “matter cannot occupy space at the same time and place.”

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Don’t blame Manila, blame the truckers

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Commuting in Manila has been a breeze in the last four days since the city imposed the expanded truck ban. The drive from Quezon City to Manila, which used to take me almost two hours, now takes less than an hour. My route crosses some of the streets used by the trucks in going to and from Port Area. If you ask the commuters their opinion on the truck ban, they would say that it is heaven-sent. But if you ask the truckers, they will say that it is evil itself.

Posted: February 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Once again, why not try ‘four-day work week’?

With monstrous traffic jams expected to hit Metro Manila as a result of the construction of several major road projects, I am reviving my suggestion for a “four-day work week,” cum one additional day-off applied alternatively or on a staggered basis in various areas in Metro Manila on an experimental basis. For instance, offices in Quezon City, Las Piñas and Manila will have no work on Mondays; Pasay, Taguig and Caloocan on Tuesdays; Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa and Parañaque on Wednesdays; San Juan, Pasig and Makati on Thursdays. The combination of the cities or areas in the alternating arrangement of the additional day-off will depend on population or traffic conditions, as determined and recommended by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Discovering Manila’s ‘gated communities’

I am often invited to attend medical meetings sponsored by pharmaceutical companies held in plush hotels or restaurants in Metro Manila. I enjoy attending such meetings where I get to listen to well-known experts lecturing on the latest concepts about drugs or diseases. Aside from the sumptuous dinner that precedes the lectures, I get to exchange small talk with fellow doctors and, of course, interact with the lecturers in the open forum.

Posted: November 13th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Putting up bus terminal at Trinoma a bad idea

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Out of curiosity, I went to the provincial-bus terminal in Parañaque on its opening day and, as is usual in such cases, there were opening-day blues.

Posted: August 9th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Too many vehicle franchises

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The “experiment” being implemented by Mayor Joseph Estrada and his traffic czar, Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, to ease traffic congestion in Manila has drawn a lot of flak from bus operators and drivers, commuters, and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board. But it is only because they are being forced to give up their [...]

Posted: July 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Estrada’s deadly gamble

We, Alliance of Health Workers members in different hospitals, oppose the plan of Mayor Joseph Estrada to close some city hospitals in Manila, “to lower government expenses and save money.”

Posted: July 29th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Manila’s many different faces: Take your pick

“Gates of hell.” Thus a character in Dan Brown’s latest fiction, “Inferno,” described Manila. Brown, as widely known, is the author of the bestselling novel “The Da Vinci Code,” which also became a box-office movie starring Tom Hanks.

Posted: May 31st, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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