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Conversing with a bishop


A couple of days ago, Bishop Gabriel Reyes of the Diocese of Antipolo, writing under the stationery of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, published an ad in the Inquirer and Philippine Star, expressing his disagreement with the views of an unnamed columnist on the merits and demerits of the Reproductive Health bill. The regular readers of my columns in the Inquirer immediately recognized that the bishop was referring to me. I too recognized it immediately as referring to me.

Posted: September 10th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Sotto and RH bill

SOTTO GETS EMOTIONAL. Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III became emotional while delivering his “turno en contra” on the reproductive health bill on Aug. 13. Sotto was in tears as he told the story of his firstborn son who died five months after birth. JOSEPH VIDAL/SENATE PRIV

Sen. Vicente Sotto III’s use without citation of a blog by Sarah Pope on the safety of pills has landed him in hot water, with allegations of plagiarism

Posted: September 8th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Causality in public health

Conditions for causality: A (contraceptive pill) causes B (congenital birth defect) if and only if (1) A is prior to B, (2) change in A is correlated with change in B, and (3) this correlation is not itself the consequence of both A and B being correlated with some prior C.

Posted: September 8th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Nature and role of science relative to RH bill

Most published commentaries against the Reproductive Health bill, including some reactions to my posted comments in websites and blogs last Aug. 17 (“More on the RH bill: a definition of life”), show poor public understanding of science. I thought of sharing a summary of my replies to some of them, in particular, about the nature of science.

Posted: September 2nd, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

RH bill: ‘Poor excuse for taking easy way out’

The Reproductive Health bill has become hot topic in lunch conversations and kwentuhan even among us high school students. Many of us follow the news and read the papers to keep ourselves updated, but despite the pro-RH bill stories, videos and campaign materials, we stand firm in our belief: The RH bill is not only detrimental to the Filipino society, it is also a poor excuse for taking the easy way out and earn money in the process.

Posted: September 2nd, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Smaller population, stronger economy

This is in response to Ernesto M. Pernia’s article titled “RH will help economy reach ‘sweet spot’” (Inquirer, 8/15/12). After I read the article, I became convinced to go pro-RH bill.

Posted: August 30th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Neda chief clarifies population terms

This refers to the article titled “Enrile grills Neda chief on population, economics” by Cathy C. Yamsuan (Inquirer, 8/7/12).

Posted: August 27th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

MM overcrowded but PH not overpopulated

“We are not poor because we are plenty; rather we are plenty because we are poor.”

Posted: August 13th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Save the innocent

It was unfortunate that the highlight of the much-ballyhooed “show of force” the Catholic bishops organized at the Edsa Shrine last Saturday turned out to be a deliberate lie. “My dear youth,” ran the most emphatic line from the most provocative statement read at the rally called to protest the Reproductive Health bill pending in Congress, “contraception is corruption. The use of government money, taxpayers’ money to give out contraceptive pills is corruption.”

Posted: August 6th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Aquino faces trenchant criticism for the first time


Not since the turbulent days of the conflict between the Marcos dictatorship and the Catholic Church in the Philippines led by Jaime Cardinal Sin over human and political rights have the state and the Church been as bitterly at odds as they are today.

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

RH bill: Don’t burn the house to roast a pig


A little over a year ago, or on May 22, 2011 to be exact, I wrote an article for the Inquirer titled “My stand on the RH bill.” With the vote on the Reproductive Health (RH) bill approaching, people have asked me whether my stand on the bill has changed. Let me restate the salient points I made then.

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



The bishops and their allies in Congress have just supplied the best arguments—not for rejecting the Reproductive Health bill but for approving it posthaste.

Posted: August 6th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



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