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Self-inflicted cybercrime panic

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During the Silly People’s Improv Theater oracle segment the night before the Supreme Court released its decision on the Cybercrime Prevention Act, a spectator asked: “Will I be convicted of a cybercrime this year?” Protesters asked social media users to turn their profile pictures black last Feb. 25 and rally at the Edsa Shrine. Many have spontaneously cursed the high court, but specifics are curiously absent.

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

Speed dating as life philosophy

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Filipinos are terrified of speed dating. What would terrify a girl held all her life to the Maria Clara stereotype more than having to consecutively market herself to 20 strangers? It would be sheer torture for someone raised in an ultraconservative Chinese-Filipino family or an extreme introvert who is in credible conversation only in groups of up to four.

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

SC proving wrong place for Meralco case

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The Manila Electric Co. argued it does not set power prices at the Supreme Court hearing last Feb. 4 on its recent rate hike. It said it only takes prices from power generators and passes these without taking profit. It asked the Energy Regulatory Commission not to approve a price increase (which it may already do) but to collect payments in installments to soften the unprecedented power prices last November.

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Voiding RH Law will destroy legal system

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One cannot emphasize enough how voiding the Reproductive Health Act will destroy our legal system. So are we as a society willing to uphold our democratic institutions’ integrity regardless of individual views on the RH Law?

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Nerdy is now mainstream

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The great enigma of the 2010s is how everything nerdy 20 years ago became pop culture. Few born during martial law mentioned comic books in high-school-soiree small talk. Today, girls openly debate Thor versus Loki. I recently asked one where she stood to break the ice. She answered she is firmly Team Tom Hiddleston and [...]

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Why backpacking is now boring

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When did backpacking become boring? I stood on top of Tikal’s Temple IV, staring at the miles of treetops that overrun the thousand-year-old Mayan city. “Star Wars’” iconic Millennium Falcon landing in the Yavin 4 jungle base was filmed from where I stood. I unthinkingly said to myself, “There’s not much to see,” and the [...]

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Antipolo through painters’ eyes

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Life’s most fascinating encounters happen by chance.   I was walking out of Greenbelt with heavy packages when someone offered to help me. He turned out to be Jerson Samson, a painter who was my contemporary at the University of the Philippines and who had just raced down from Antipolo on a motorcycle to Ayala [...]

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Sereno, Leonen question antipork decision?

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The Supreme Court announced its landmark ruling that lawmakers’ pork barrel is unconstitutional but released the complete decision days later. The weighty question in that interim is why Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was announced as “concurring in the result only” in the decision of the decade. It turns out that she and Justice Marvic Leonen argue that the decision does not require budget allocations to be line items and prohibit lump sums.

Posted: December 3rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

UAAP residency rule vs right to sports

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When swimmer Mikee Bartolome sued over the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) residency rule, the UAAP opined to Judge Manuel Sta. Cruz Jr. that “playing in the UAAP is not a right, but a mere privilege.” Bartolome correctly argues this is not only callous and arbitrary, it is unconstitutional and un-Filipino. As a [...]

Posted: September 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Anti-RH case flops at the SC

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If you are outraged at how Janet Lim-Napoles allegedly stole your P10 billion, you should be outraged if your democracy is stolen at the Supreme Court.

Posted: August 27th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Special treatment for anti-RH Catholics?

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Should we require special treatment for people whose religious beliefs we do not share? And may unelected judges order such special treatment instead of Congress? This, not claims that condoms cause cancer, is the issue that reproductive health advocates must address.

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

RH Day 2: Referees throw punches

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Two strong anti-RH arguments were buried under misrepresented doctrine and justices’ seeming anti-RH speeches last Tuesday, Day 2 of the oral arguments on the Reproductive Health Act at the Supreme Court.

Posted: July 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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