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Past and present in Istanbul

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I had imagined doing many things during this visit to Turkey. But lying prone on a towel draped over the lip of a marble pool—naked and covered in soap bubbles as a woman rubbed and stroked my body—was not one of them.

Posted: July 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Paawa’ tearjerkers from the media

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I agree with Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano when he wished that media would focus more on the magnitude of the crime rather on the supposed difficult prison conditions the senators accused of plunder will have to live with.

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

The Church, the media, and Napoles

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Imagine an individual who starts a small business supplying helmets and other necessities to the military, using the contacts made possible by her being a military spouse. In the course of her dealings, she develops valuable connections in the rest of government. She quickly grasps the rules of procurement, discovers the informal organization behind every office, nurtures folksy relations with the staff, and spots the weaknesses of people and systems in the public bureaucracy.

Posted: May 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Let’s take the bull by the horns

We’ve said it before and we say it again: There can be no denying that corruption is as serious a problem within the media as it is within government and—let’s face it—within society in general. Media, after all, do not exist in a vacuum.

Posted: May 24th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Continuing violence

Since Day 1, President Aquino has portrayed his administration as the opposite of that of his predecessor. His “daang matuwid” brand of governance, he has intoned time and again, is aimed at bringing decency, integrity and the rule of law back into public office, after the widespread corruption and venality that marked the nine-year administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Posted: May 3rd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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