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Even without rallies, people’s anger vs pork to remain alive

I would like to take issue with the Inquirer’s Oct. 6 editorial titled “Crossroads,” specifically its claim that the second Million People March in Ayala last Oct. 4, succeeded “where it counted most” by stepping up the pressure against the pork barrel.

Posted: November 9th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Protest in the time of social media

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One does not need to have a Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or e-mail account to realize how vastly different today’s demonstrations are from those that led to the downfall of the Marcos regime 40 years ago. Organizing “mass actions,” as they were then called, involved a lot of planning, coordination, and negotiation among the core groups that initiated them.

Posted: September 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Gov’t really neglected Nur, MNLF

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Today is the day. Today the prayer rally against the pork barrel will be held on Edsa, site of two glorious People Power movements that toppled two Philippine presidents and that have been replicated in other countries, particularly in the Middle East where one is now raging in Syria.

Posted: September 10th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Another Edsa people power—not anymore

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The call for another Million People March (MPM) to protest the abuse of the congressional pork barrel fund was shut down before it could take off.

Posted: September 5th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Exciting

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However yesterday’s rally turned out, it will already have been a victory of sorts.

Posted: August 26th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A double take on pork

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A “double take,” Webster’s Dictionary tells us, is “a delayed reaction to some remark, situation, etc., in which there is at first unthinking acceptance and then startled surprise or a second glance as the real meaning or actual situation suddenly becomes clear…” That is exactly what many probably experienced after President Aquino proclaimed he was abolishing the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and then proceeded to describe a “new mechanism” to replace it.

Posted: August 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Damage control

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It’s called “damage control.” Doubtless that figured in the timing and crafting of P-Noy’s message Friday announcing that he was “abolishing” the Priority Development Assistance Fund or PDAF, otherwise known by the more popular and recognized term “pork barrel.”

Posted: August 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Dinky’s heart with ‘Comvalenyos’—gov, solon

This is in reaction to the editorial “Hunger” (Inquirer, 3/2/13) which stated that “The raid (last Feb. 26) on the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Davao City would not have happened had national and local officials been sensitive to the situation of the survivors of Typhoon ‘Pablo’ from Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental.”

Posted: March 15th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Just perform functions effectively and honestly—DSWD officials told

We commend as well as thank the Inquirer for giving a more accurate, rational and compassionate account of the protest of Typhoon “Pablo” survivors at the Department of Social Welfare and Development office in Davao (“Hunger,” Inquirer, 3/2/13).

Posted: March 15th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

A billion women dancing

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Imagine A billion women dancing together, dancing to end violence against women. Or as the organizers of “One Billion Rising” put it: “One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. One billion women violated is an atrocity. One billion women dancing is a Revolution.”

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

Defying development

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What do you do when 120 people claiming to represent close to 3,000 families march nearly 400 kilometers over two weeks to protest a development project purportedly meant to help them, but of which they assert the contrary?

Posted: December 17th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Anti-mining rally in QC pure fiction

THIS REFERS to the news item titled “Pangasinan groups broaden mining protest” (Inquirer, 11/25/12).

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

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