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The antidynasty campaign

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People get the government they deserve. What people deserve is expressed through their preferences in an election. We have been having elections since 1987 when the antidynasty provision in the Constitution first appeared, and the people have chosen, administration after administration, their preferences, dynasties and all.

Posted: February 17th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Clerics and the political process

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The debates on the reproductive health bill have died down, and now there is toe-in-the-water talk about divorce. Some friends have asked me what role clerics should have in matters involving controversial legislation. Let me be more general, however, and ask instead about clerical involvement in public affairs.

Posted: December 23rd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Good question

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In the ongoing debate on the reproductive health bill, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile challenged the figures on induced abortion in the Philippines being cited by proponents of the bill. A good question, since the number of 500,000 or more has echoed from columnist to columnist and activist to activist so often that few stop […]

Posted: October 5th, 2011 in Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Can a priest ensure clean-up of MWSS

President Aquino has appointed Rev. Jose Ramon Villarin, S.J., newly installed president of the Ateneo de Manila Univesrsity (ADMU), as a member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).  On one hand, the appointment raises hope that MWSS can now cleansed itself of its many irregularities and anomalies. But […]

Posted: September 29th, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Our youth: hope or disaster?

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World Youth Day always evokes for me memories of a narrowly averted disaster. As a not-so-youthful seminarian teaching at the Ateneo de Manila High School back in 1995, I was tasked with shepherding my homeroom students during the overnight vigil and concluding Mass for the World Youth Day celebration in Manila. That final Mass at […]

Posted: August 27th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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