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Breathing spell

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Come June, “I hope we can toast together,” Manila Water Consortium president Gerardo Ablaza Jr. said. Toast what?

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Shoddy relatives

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The government this week bucked Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr.’s motion to dismiss a civil case involving a bid to “defraud the government of P426 million invested to produce hybrid coconut seedlings in Palawan.” That’s how the Presidential Commission on Good Government describes it.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

New balance

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Marking the first year as pope is an “arbitrary measure for a 2,000-year-old institution that thinks in terms of centuries,” notes the newspaper Guardian. That provides context for Pope Francis, who’ll complete his first year as pontiff on March 13.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Legacy

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Stash the baloney. The rising shrillness on the political front today is not about ideals, let alone a government of integrity that Filipinos have a right to.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Valentine memoirs

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A deluge of comments flooded in from Inquirer readers to the column “Eraser senator?” (Viewpoint, Feb. 11), which swirled around a suggestion that Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile—who turned 90 on Valentine’s Day—rewrite his two-year-old book.

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

Riding the whirlwind

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Who remembers that Thailand was once marketed as the “Land of a Thousand Smiles”? Instead of uniting the country, Sunday’s election—where voters cast ballots in 333 of Thailand’s 375 constituencies—failed to defuse an increasingly violent stalemate.

Posted: February 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Whistle-blowers’ vindication?

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“You shall know the truth. And the truth shall make you mad.” That one-liner by scientist Aldous Huxley sums up the reaction of most people to the Inquirer’s selection of six whistle-blowers as the collective “Filipino of the Year” for 2013. Three days after the announcement, they linked former senator Ramon Revilla Sr. to the metastasizing pork barrel scam.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Beyond hometown cheering

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“Don’t consider this a promotion or waste money with celebratory parties.” That’s the counsel Pope Francis gave Cotabato’s Archbishop Orlando Quevedo and 18 other prelates who will be elevated as cardinals on Feb. 21.

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Ignored crisis

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“Even the gods cannot help those who do not seize opportunities.” This Asian proverb resonates in post-“Yolanda” efforts. They range from rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson skidding into his old cop role to buttressing coastal forests like mangroves beyond Leyte Gulf, throughout the country.

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Missing in Action: President Aquino and the Meralco rate hike scandal

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The stunning Meralco power rate hike of P4.15 per kilowatt hour—the highest single increase in that utility’s history—has aroused such anger among the consuming public that it is puzzling that it has not brought the wrath of the president down on the power monopoly. Mr. Aquino is quick to scold businesses that evade taxes, as he showed last March when he shamed many magnates attending a speech he delivered at the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce. Why not pour the same presidential vitriol on a shameless price gouger?

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Viewpoints | Read More »

Geography of the heart

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The traditional “Misa de Gallo” starts on Dec. 16 and ends on Christmas Eve. And once again, the features of a grime-streaked beggar who wouldn’t budge from the church door will haunt us.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Heels and heroes

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Reports on officials “sick, sick, sick” from gorging at the pork barrel straddle headlines and newscasts. These smudged the reports on the passing, last week, of a soldier who wrote on how guerrillas seized the “Koga Papers,” which radically altered World War II’s liberation battle for the Philippines.

Posted: December 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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