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Couple of things

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The first has to do with Mar Roxas. He’s been busy the last few days making his presence felt in Leyte and the other places devastated by “Yolanda.” Since his arrival in Leyte last Thursday, he has distributed P1 billion to the typhoon-stricken areas. That is not the end of it, he said. There’s more to come, the government having earmarked P4 billion for them under the Grassroots Participatory Budget Process, a new program.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Mommy D’s magic

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You’ve got to love Dionisia Pacquiao! Reports have it that the Pacman’s mother—the PacMom herself—garnered as much attention in the social media as her son during the televised coverage of Manny Pacquiao’s domination of Timothy Bradley in their championship fight.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Redemption

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The timing of the second Pacquiao-Bradley fight was fraught with symbolism. As far as I know, this was the first time Manny Pacquiao fought on Palm Sunday (our time), and I thought we’d either get an early Easter or an early Good Friday. We’d either be sent to heights of jubilation or depths of despair.

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

Even though Mayweather would win

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The undefeated Floyd Mayweather has an excellent reason to finally agree to a hundred-million-dollar fight with Manny Pacquiao: The odds are he would win. And Pacquiao has an additional reason to want the fight: The risk of losing is high.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Fellow Rizal High alumnus proud of ‘tested’ Tiamzons

Benito Tiamzon and wife Wilma Austria-Tiamzon are my fellow Rizal High alums. Both, I am told, were honor graduates (I wasn’t). I am proud of any fellow alum who puts him/herself where his/her mouth is, without counting the costs, for the sake of our unhappy Motherland. Rizal High taught principles.

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

Pacquiao vs Marx, or Funding a Senate run

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It should have come as no surprise that, as he was scrambling up the ladder of worldwide fame with his thrilling boxing style, Manny Pacquiao also made up his mind to run for political office. He famously failed on his first try, when tiny Darlene Antonino-Custodio bested him in the congressional race to represent General Santos City, in 2007. But he is now on his second term as lawmaker, representing the province of Sarangani.

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Pacman’s perils

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The special report on the financial woes of Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao carries with it moral and object lessons on the perils of sudden wealth and inconstant friends.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Does Manny Pacquiao deserve tax exemption?

I appreciated Reni Valenzuela’s paean to Manny Pacquiao (“Smarter, stronger, Pacman showed heart,” Letters, 12/18/13). But we might want a more global or balanced presentation.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The gift of perspective

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It’s enough to make you cry. When they paid a visit to Tacloban, about two weeks after the onslaught of Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” “macho men” Manny Pacquiao and Chavit Singson broke down in tears, related Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez.

Posted: December 23rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Smarter, stronger, Pacquiao showed heart

Heart is what makes a man real “conqueror” in victory. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s dominance of the hard-hitting, pressure fighter Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios was awesome. The same “old” Pacman is not only back, he is back smarter and stronger.

Posted: December 17th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘Stupid they may be, but crazy they are not’

I loved reading Neal H. Cruz’s comments regarding the suggestions on how to handle Manny Pacquiao’s tax case (Opinion, 12/6, 9/13) as put forth by some of his colleagues in Congress, most of whom, our people thought, could be trusted to handle the sensitive responsibilities of a lawmaker. Stupid they may be, but crazy they are not.

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

Tax amnesty for billionaire Pacquiao? Why?

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What, tax amnesty for Manny Pacquiao? For heaven’s sake, why? Pacquiao is a billionaire who can afford to pay, and should pay, the correct income taxes. Is this what we have come to, a billionaire tries to cheat on his taxes and he is granted tax amnesty?

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

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