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Tortured again

Like being tortured all over again. This must be how it feels for the tens of thousands of survivors required to relive the nightmare of their incarceration and abuse during Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship, to be able to qualify for a share of the compensation set aside for them.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

‘Schizo’ contrasts

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We flicked through the dictionary for the word that fits a bizarre contrast. In one part of town, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said he’d run come 2016, adding that his father’s dictatorship had benefited Filipinos. Across town, over 20,000 victims of abuse during the Marcos dictatorship are filing claims for reparation under Republic Act No. 10368.

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

‘Our leaders, our problem’

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“When our politicians sleep, our nation moves forward.” You will find this message in many of the streets in Rio de Janeiro these days.

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

Claiming reparation for HR violations

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May 12 was the first day of submission of reparation/compensation claims by victims of human rights violations under martial law. This is provided for in Republic Act No. 10368, or “An Act providing for reparation and recognition of victims of human rights violations during the Marcos regime, documentation of said violations, appropriating funds therefor and for other purposes.” President Aquino signed the law on Feb. 25, 2013, the 27th anniversary of the People Power revolt that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.

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

Clones?

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“Don’t cry For Me Argentina” is a song from a 1978 Broadway musical. Evita Peron sang this from the Casa Rosada balcony, expressing regrets and defiance. “No llores por mi Argentina/ The truth is I never left you / All through my wild days / My mad existence/ I kept my promise….”

Posted: February 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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