By Michael L. Tan
My daughter just went through her second open heart surgery last week, a successful repair of the mitral valve which her surgeon, Dr. Karl Michael Reyes, said could last a lifetime.
By Amando Doronila
The results of the May 13 elections gave President Aquino a mandate to consolidate his control of both houses of Congress in the midterm of his office.
By Leandro “DD” Coronel
The Commission on Elections’ odd decision to leave the candidates and the whole nation hanging in suspense with its sudden adjournment as a canvassing body on the night of Election Day “to take a much-needed rest” was a public relations blunder. It again opened the electoral process, particularly the counting, to doubt and speculation.
I read with great interest Conrado de Quiros’ column titled “About time” (Inquirer, 4/23/13). His take on the honor conferred on President Aquino as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in the Leaders category is as insightful as his analyses of the other issues that he had tackled before.
By Juan L. Mercado
“Ah, the chill of consciousness returns,” the poetic drunk Uncle Seamus would groan after a bender the night before. Morning after the May 13 elections, what do we wake up to?
By Rina Jimenez-David
It never gets old. The sights awaiting us at polling centers on Election Day are a bracing testimony to the vigor of our democracy. Whatever is said about Filipinos, it is clear that Filipinos love to vote.
By John Nery
I must disagree with the esteemed Randy David, when in his May 9 column he lumped election surveys together with “political dynasties, religious meddling in politics, [and] corporate financing of electoral campaigns” as obstacles to modernity.
By Amando Doronila
Thirty-seven million Filipinos go to the polls today in a midterm election which President Aquino considers a referendum on his three years in office.
By Monsi Serrano
When I put up the group Stop Corruption Philippines on Facebook, I was sick and tired of the corruption going on in the country. I invited friends from the media, local and national politics, and the police, as well as doctors, nurses, fashion designers, businessmen, students, immigrants, overseas Filipino workers, retirees, and foreigners who love our country and have decided to live here for good. I knew they shared the frustration and the intense desire to combat the social malady that has been afflicting our country for so many years.
The attack by the New People’s Army on Mayor Ruth Guingona’s returning convoy last April, which killed two of her civilian aides and left her wounded, was only the most headline-grabbing act of violence of the election season. But there have been many other incidents, each one a dispiriting reminder that we are a long [...]
By Randy David
It is a testimony to the undifferentiated nature of our political system that many other social institutions are mobilized during elections. There’s the family, there’s religion, there’s the business sector, and then there’s the science of surveys. Their chief purveyors try to convert the power they wield into the currency of politics. We are disturbed [...]