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Points of View & Perspectives

October, 2016

  • 30 October

    Turning around regrets

    Or more like retrieving a limb or heart chamber we realize we’ve left behind, which soon metamorphoses into a bunch of regrets, long after we’ve settled into our seats on a flight to another country, where with bursts of Facebook happy-face emoticons, for millennial and youngish septuagenarians, that is, we would begin a new life. 

  • 23 October

    The salacious sex standard

    The issues and challenges affecting the United States in its presidential derby that the country and the rest of the relatively lesser Free World has somewhat adopted as the model of the ideal democracy and whose society many have subconsciously held as the model to emulate, at least in its perfect, upstanding, squeaky clean and antiseptic Hollywood Donna Reed Show …

  • 23 October

    When lawbreakers are lawmakers

    As we write this column, the media have just reported that the Sandiganbayan has ordered the 90-day suspension of incumbent Muntinlupa Rep. Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon over graft charges in connection with the multibillion-peso pork-barrel scam.

  • 23 October

    Not really what you can call a crisis

    When the cold creeps in not quite imperceptibly, nay, in a dramatic way—with leaves turning red and gold, then fall, as in a storm from furious gusts—you would imagine us, belting out Nat King Cole’s haunting, “Autumn Leaves.” Or like new arrivals, you might find us scooping fallen leaves unabashed—some would even send these home glued in albums; an aunt, …

  • 16 October

    It’s the economy, stupid!

    Stock market sound-byte analysts cannot be faulted. Theirs is not exactly the deepest bag of marbles.

  • 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 …