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Media reporting partly to blame for reforestation fiascos

This is a reaction to the news report “Philippines breaks world tree-planting record” (INQUIRER.net, 9/27/14). The article says that the planting of 3.2 million trees in an hour in Mindanao, as part of the government’s National Greening Program (NGP), has eclipsed the previous record set by India.

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

Filipinos in stupor, must wake up

I write the Inquirer not just for the negatives but also for the “good things” that I see it is doing as a service to the reading public.

Posted: October 13th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Media’s choice: much good or grave harm?

I agree with Nestor Torre when he wrote about the controversy (and even scandal)-oriented weekly drama show, “Magpakailanman” (“Controversy-oriented TV shows go for the jugular,” Saturday Special, 8/2/14). Its recent episodes dramatized “hot” or “touchy” topics, such as a mother-and-son team of abortionists, a person with both female and male reproductive organs, and two married women-friends who swapped partners. In its eager desire to attract viewers, the TV show could really get a reputation of being exploitative.

Posted: September 13th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Recall, scrap HB 4807

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines urges the authors of House Bill No. 4807 (also known as An Act to Provide Protection From Personal Intrusion for Commercial Purposes) to withdraw their proposed law; and, should the authors refuse to do so, we call on the rest of the members of the House of Representatives to vote it down.

Posted: September 1st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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 »

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