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UP, CBA, and Cesar Virata

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The University of the Philippines is unique and privileged. Declared the “national university,” it enjoys academic freedom as no other Philippine university does, has its own charter, and is not subject to the salary scale law, slowing the bleeding of its professors.

Posted: June 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Senatorial Candidates

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Posted: February 16th, 2013 in Infographics,Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Economics of martial law and people power

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Every year in September, in a ritualistic way the tale is told: A Dark Lord imposed his will on a hapless people, but then a messiah sacrificed his life to embolden Filipinos to topple the regime in 1986.

Posted: October 3rd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Cozy amnesia

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“The memories of men are too frail a thread to hang history from.” You doubt that? Today is “Ninoy Aquino” Day, as mandated by Republic Act 9492. What does this holiday mean? Ask those below 35 years of age.

Posted: August 20th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Trapo’

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I knew next year’s election would be more traditional than the last. The 2010 election was not the rule but the exception. It was one of those rare times when this country voted on the basis of principle rather than personality, on the basis of belief rather than cynicism.

Posted: July 11th, 2012 in Columnists,Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Cusp of greatness

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We are capable of heroic imagination, we are capable of heroic action. We have shown it, we have done it. Our only problem is sustaining it.

Posted: June 6th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Cusp of greatness

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Many years ago, a friend of mine invited me to the opening of a Filipino press club in the United States. But of course I’ll attend, I said, and expressed elation that the place would finally have a Filipino press club. Oh, he said, it’s not the first, it’s the third. It was the third Filipino press club being launched there.

Posted: June 5th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The longer view

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Someone asked me recently: Do you think the people will erupt into People Power if Renato Corona is acquitted?

Posted: March 29th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The people will decide

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Someone asked me the other day if the various surveys saying most Filipinos expected the impeachment court to convict Renato Corona had restored my faith in it. My answer was (and is): Not really. I do not particularly care at this point how the senator-judges will vote. I do care that we, the people, give [...]

Posted: March 7th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

People Power still needed but not necessarily at Edsa

Conrado de Quiros’ Feb. 28 column on Edsa I concedes that while Sen. Bongbong Marcos may be right up to a point in saying that “nothing much has changed today.” But what Bongbong forgets is that martial law under Marcos “didn’t make things better, he made them worse. Far far worse. The promise of martial [...]

Posted: March 7th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Impeaching Church arrogance

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By what mandate does the retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz cheapen People Power by threatening the duly elected President with it? There would be no Philippine democracy without the Catholic Church. There would have been no human walls in front of Camp Crame had Jaime Cardinal Sin not made his radio pleas. Ordinary citizens might not [...]

Posted: March 1st, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

People not fired up for campaign vs Corona

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The impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona takes a back seat as public attention shifts its focus to the streets and the Aquino administration’s capacity to mobilize People Power behind its punitive campaign to hold officials of the previous regime accountable for alleged venalities is tested.

Posted: February 23rd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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