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Young gender gaps


March is Women’s Month, a good time to reflect on some of the statistics that came out of the 2013 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS) conducted by the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI). The survey involved more than 19,000 Filipinos aged 15 to 24, from throughout the Philippines, and some preliminary statistics were released in February.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Women legislators in action


Rare is the time when government officials and politicians cross interchamber borders to heap praise on each other. But during the celebration of International Women’s Day (which is officially marked tomorrow, March 8) at the House of Representatives, congresswomen led the adoption of HR 53 commending Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman “for her strong commitment to public service and selfless dedication to alleviate the plight of disaster-stricken Filipinos.”

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Young smokers


The Young Adult and Fertility Sexuality Study (YAFS), conducted by the University of the Philippines Population Institute (Uppi), is the most comprehensive youth survey in the Philippines. The last one was conducted in 2002, with results released in 2004. YAFS-4, with more than 19,000 respondents nationwide, was conducted in 2013, with some of the results released two weeks ago.

Posted: February 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Smoke-belchers’ inside PUVs, too

I frequently ride on a jeepney on my way home from the office. On one of these rides, I witnessed a mother, a fellow passenger, get into a heated exchange of words with two other passengers who were smoking cigarettes. The mother was with her child. She pleaded with the cigarette smokers, telling them that they were exposing to risk the health of her child. But the two rowdy guys rudely dismissed her plea, even sarcastically replying that it was their money, not hers, they used to buy the cigarettes. The confrontation got terribly annoying.

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

Own good health something P-Noy owes all of us

Days before the May 13 elections, President Aquino showed up in one of the Team PNoy rallies coughing intermittently in the course of a brief speech. Malacañang may not want to make a big deal out of it, but the health of the president of this country is a big deal, a concern of every Filipino, by reason of office and responsibility.

Posted: May 16th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Smoking and quality of life


If the past week was one devoted to thoughts of death, of sacrifice, of transforming the end of life to the beginning of a new one, the days right after Easter are perhaps best observed by turning our thoughts to birth, to life and to preserving it.

Posted: April 1st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘No King’ with cigarettes

“Is Aquino breaking antismoking rules daily?” (Inquirer, 12/6/12) The answer is unfortunately a big yes. While I was reading this article by one of my favorite columnists, Rigoberto Tiglao, two individuals came to my poor memory. The first was how lucky a man can be. I am referring to our good Vice President Jejomar Binay [...]

Posted: January 17th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Is Aquino breaking antismoking rules daily?


Being an ex-smoker, I certainly commiserate with President Benigno Aquino’s failure to free himself from nicotine. But he is the President of the Republic, whose sworn duty is to implement the Constitution, and every law and rule that flow out from that basic law. And illegal cigarette stubs shouldn’t after all be littering the straight [...]

Posted: December 5th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Time to vote, save lives


There are posters put up downtown by some heartless monsters that say, “NO TO SIN TAX, JOBS NOT TAXES,” as it is “Anti-laborers, anti-farmers, anti-poor.”

Posted: November 29th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Protect young, poor from smoking

MALE students in a public high school in Manila smoke during breaktime. INQUIRER PHOTO

There are no screaming headlines, but the young and the poor, who smoke and drink excessively, are dying every day.

Posted: October 27th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

What is a sin tax?

Sin tax is an excise tax imposed on goods such as cigarettes and liquor or activities like gambling that are considered harmful or immoral.

Posted: October 27th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »



My own experience, or ordeal, with smoking is this: I began smoking when I was 17. I took my first puff of cigarettes a year earlier and went into a violent fit of coughing. A year later, I was inhaling the smoke, sucking it with a fury, and liking it.

Posted: October 17th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



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