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‘Ruby’ in Tacloban

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It was a happy time when we arrived in Tacloban on Monday, Dec. 1: Christmas was coming, Pope Francis was coming, the weather had been good, and most of the people we talked with, including poor people, said things were a little better. There were some more jobs and some families had solved their housing problem, even if only temporarily.

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

Bread and circuses

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These people of the lie dispense cakes heavily laced with the vanilla syrup of graft and corruption, following to the letter the exhortation of their 18th-century idol and icon to give the people cake to stuff their hungry mouths with, to make them think they are full and therefore happy, to silence them.

Posted: December 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Disastrous for the economy

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It was a disastrous third quarter for agriculture, hunting, fisheries and forestry (AHFF), according to the latest National Income Accounts estimates—a minus 2.7 growth rate (meaning a contraction). Disastrous for whom?

Posted: November 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A culture of poverty?

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While doing field research in the country’s poorest areas, my team came across a community where some residents, when asked why there were so many poor people in their area, matter-of-factly said it’s because many of their neighbors are lazy. We also interviewed the project staff of a national government poverty reduction program; when asked why there were so many poor people in their province, their response was, again, because many of them are lazy. Regional heads of national government agencies that we gathered in a focus group discussion chorused that the reason there are many poor people in their region is that most of them are—you guessed it—lazy.

Posted: November 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Slavery by poverty

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“Power concedes nothing without a demand, it never did and never will.”

Posted: November 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

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