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Hellhole in Manila

Horror stories keep piling up about the Manila shelter for street kids that’s been described as run like a “concentration camp.” That’s a loaded, incendiary phrase that should not be bandied about lightly, conjuring as it does the particular horror of the Holocaust in World War II. But perhaps welfare observers who’ve been to the […]

Posted: November 19th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Philippines in Nagasaki

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Nagasaki is a name most people associate with Hiroshima and the atomic bombs that hastened the end of World War II.

Posted: October 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Quezon in Japan, 1938

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Grant K. Goodman (1924-2014) was a historian who specialized in Japan and Asia. After his retirement from the University of Kansas, he used to describe himself as an “extinguished” rather than the distinguished professor he truly was. I was drawn to him at conferences because of his engaging presentations and his interest in the Philippines.

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

War vets awaiting back pay balance

We, the surviving World War II veterans, have generated enough courage to send this urgent appeal to our esteemed President Aquino for his compassion and generosity.

Posted: September 22nd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

A lesson for the son

Ninoy Aquino had been warned. The most dramatic warning about the threats to his life came from the dictatorship’s resident drama queen, the Imeldific first lady herself. Imelda Marcos was still in peak form, indulging her self-perception as the Marcos regime’s most effective diplomat. But she failed. Against the advice of almost everyone he consulted, the opposition senator still decided to return home from three years’ exile in the United States. Upon arrival 31 years ago today, however, he met the fate he had repeatedly been warned against; he was killed in the airport that now bears his name.

Posted: August 21st, 2014 in Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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