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Points of View & Perspectives

October, 2016

  • 16 October

    A colorless Black & White Movement rant

    We can only com­miserate with the political gang of former President Noynoy Aquino. It is obviously trying to reemerge in the con­sciousness of the public, only to look even more miserable, bordering on the pathetic.

  • 16 October

    What home means to you

    “Take a picture and enter a contest,” an item in my inbox from the United Na­tions Commissioner on Hu­man Refugees (UNCHR) sort of struck me as a challenge, at first. Such a commonplace image, I had thought. Yet, it would take more than a pic­ture for me; I would have to tell stories about the many spaces I wiggled into—always …

  • 9 October

    Portrait of the politician as economist

    Two congressmen, in analyzing global economics against the increasingly complex calculus of domestic currency valuations, declared that the recent devaluation of the peso was the fault of the President. After much thought, they concluded that at the core of the devaluation were cuss words.

  • 9 October

    De Lima is no Senator Miriam

    We noted the howl among many admirers of the late Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago over apparent attempts to portray beleaguered Sen. Leila de Lima her “successor.”

  • 9 October

    After all, dreams are free and boundless, aren’t they?

    “For me, marble for everything, like the walls inside and outside, and most of all, the floors,” one of the two Filipinas from across my seat in the No. 10 bus outlined in crescendo; she would have to tear down the hut she grew up in, she said, by a creek—and the surrounding rice fields her father once farmed as …

  • 2 October

    Noynoy should explain why illegal drugs flourished during his term

    The recent “reemergence” of former President Noynoy Aquino (aka PNoy or President Noy during his term) appears to have triggered both curiosity and suspicion among keen political observers. 

  • 2 October

    We’ve gone mildly insane, haven’t we?

    Imagine me rooted under the eaves of our apartment gate on learning that Divo’s and Dili’s care topped the divorce settlement of my neighbors, Don and Dee Ann —especially Dili’s special needs (with snow-white fur and sky-blue eyes, he’s deaf), in lieu of child support, as well the two-and-a-half bedroom apartment—one, being theirs, has been awarded to Dee Ann, too, …

  • 2 October

    RMB joins elite currency club to reflect China’s rise in power

    Washington—China’ s currency, the renminbi (RMB), is breaking the financial world’ s ultimate glass ceiling and embarking on a new journey toward global reserve status when it formally joins the elite currency club of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Saturday. 

  • 2 October

    Proposed tax plan inconsistent with pro-poor thrust—IBON

    The research group IBON has said the Department of Finance’s (DOF) proposed tax plan essentially remains elitist and is inconsistent with President Duterte’s pro-poor stance. Following the President’s lead, the government should be brave enough to tax the richest businesses and families instead of burdening the poor with new taxes, IBON said. 

  • 2 October

    Sex, lies and video tape

    When the story first broke that there was a possibility that the opposition senator then chairing the congressional investigation on the extra judicial killings perpetrated recently in connection with the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the government might be personally complicit, the major broadsheets had immediately dispatched reporters and photographers in a race to ejaculate the next morning their most eye-catching …