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Does liberal democracy promote inequality?


The evidence from Thomas Piketty, the United Nations, and other sources is quite conclusive: Current rates of global inequality are simply unprecedented.

Posted: December 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Estrada to support Poe against Binay


Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada was at the Tap Room of the Manila Hotel last Dec. 11 to listen to Margaux Salcedo sing. I was seated beside him and we talked politics.   I said the survey ratings of his friend Vice President Jojo Binay are plunging while those of Sen. Grace Poe, another friend, are […]

Posted: December 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Case vs Southern Leyte gov malicious and sham

This refers to the article titled “Palace asked to suspend Southern Leyte governor,” (News, 11/28/14).
The Office of the President and the provincial prosecutor of Southern Leyte are expected to junk outright the administrative and criminal complaints filed by a certain Winsor Calamba against me and some police and environment officials because these charges constitute out-and-out malicious and sham prosecution, in the nature of a “strategic lawsuit against public participation” as defined under Section 1, Rule 6 of the Rules of Procedure of Environmental Cases (Supreme Court AM No. 09-6-8). The complaints are meant to harass, vex and exert undue pressure and/or stifle the legal recourse I have taken against the complainants in enforcing environmental laws, rules and regulations as well as in protecting the environment and in asserting the rights of the province under Section 16 of the Local Government Code of 1991 (Republic Act No. 7160). “As a body politic endowed with government functions, a local government unit has the duty to ensure the quality of the environment” (Republic vs City of Davao, GR No. 148622, Sept. 12, 2002, 388 SCRA 691).

Posted: December 8th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Boos and cheers are only noise


Partisan watchers of the governance game do so much booing or cheering that they risk believing their own noise. Fortunately, however, the citizens at large—the “bosses” or ultimate judges, in a democratic society—have the sense to pay more heed to what the players are actually doing on the court, than to what the diehards are screaming from the sidelines.

Posted: December 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Politics: why it’s the only game in town


Having written a few columns on politics, I am often asked to comment on the probable course of political developments in our country in view of the 2016 presidential election.

Posted: December 4th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



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  • Non-Muslims in Basilan not ready to support Bangsamoro Basic Law–bishop
  • Aquino backs LRT, MRT fare hike, won’t pass problem to next admin
  • Army soldier arrested for shooting dead colleague, man in drinking binge
  • Bilibid inmate opposes transfer to NBI
  • Sports

  • PBA D-League: Builders beat Wangs to snap skid
  • House bill seeks to make boxing prizes tax-free
  • Cavaliers tame Grizzlies
  • Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia
  • NBA: Raptors team up to defeat Knicks
  • Lifestyle

  • Seeing the doctor, overseas: medical tourism booms in Asia
  • CA: Health supplements must be labeled as such
  • Christmas health tip: Beware of leftovers
  • Gregorian Chant of Paris coming in 2015 for 450th anniversary of Christianization of the Philippines
  • Leotta’s sublime pianism awes audience
  • Entertainment

  • Former ‘NSync Lance Bass marries boyfriend in LA
  • Take Five: Beauty need not be skin-deep
  • North Korean cinema: Kidnappings and evil Americans
  • Madonna speaks of ‘crazy times’ after songs leaked
  • Renowned British actress Whitelaw dies aged 82
  • Business

  • PSEi firms up at 7,139.27; rebound of crude futures cited
  • DMCI Holdings to sell 25% stake in TPLEX to SMC for P1.83B
  • STI gains control of PWU, Benitez representatives quit
  • URC bags fuel ethanol supply deal with Flying V
  • Oil prices extend gains in Asia
  • Technology

  • Spain’s ‘Xnet’ corruption fighters expose graft
  • Wit wins it in Inquirer tilt
  • 5 ways to make your email safer in case of a hack attack 
  • North Korea denies connection with Sony hacking
  • Kim Jong Un game spoof ‘Glorious Leader!’ moving forward
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, December 22, 2014
  • ‘Art of coexistence’
  • Prison system, personnel should be changed
  • Young artists’ quest to make art public
  • End-of-life decision
  • Global Nation

  • Last batch of quarantined peacekeepers from Liberia hailed
  • Rival Leyte officials the only local execs to eat with Pope
  • UST grad wants to relive experience during Pope’s meeting with students
  • Canada, Japan come to PH aid anew after ‘Ruby’
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