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November, 2016

  • 20 November

    Apples and durian

    One of the most commonly superficial, if not crassly stupid analyses going around, is the hip-shooting blanket comparison between two very different presidents (one is a president-elect) from two very different constituencies confronting two profoundly different agenda – all these made mostly by the mainstream media and cavalierly imagined by the intellectually challenged.

  • 20 November

    De Lima spiel an outright insult to the Filipina

    We can only commiserate with the beleaguered Sen. Leila De Lima. In an apparent and unrelenting public-relations effort to win over public sympathy, she may have buried herself deeper in the scandal she faces.

  • 20 November

    We had pledged that we’d stay 25 forever

    Years later, at a healthy food corner at Harrison Plaza, she materialized unexpected—strands of orangey blond on the same crisp haircut, the same rail-thin frame. Rather astonished, and lit up by her toothy smile, I had cringed, nonetheless, at her night make-up in the noonday glare with whitish goo on her lids, as well, tight garish pants and shirt, which …

  • 13 November

    The better trading partner

    When Rodrigo R. Duterte first flew off the han­dle with his un­mitigating tempestuous and temperamental tirades against the United States, these had all began in the public’s eye during the presidential cam­paign where he accused the Americans of undue interfer­ence in a sovereign political exercise, commenting as they did on a statement spawned in at least two rallies. Claim­ing entitlement …

  • 13 November

    An SC justice’s dangerous tendency

    For the record, we would like to say that we have much respect for Supreme Court As­sociate Justice Marvic Leonen. After all, he is one the young­est ever to be named to the High Court.

  • 13 November

    But where was Lincoln’s log cabin?

    I fussed as we circled round to the visitor’s center, hop­ing I’d find it tucked some­where. Of course, it wasn’t, as I later learned because it’s in Hodgeville, Kentucky, where he was born, now a living farm. How then could Hild­ene’s “Gilded Age” opulence fit into what I knew of Lincoln’s beginnings? I later realized that the contradiction between what …

  • 6 November

    The hard truth on soft corruption

    Only smart-ass law­yers, hucksters and politicians have the gall to split hairs, in­voke quantum physics they do not understand and eventually create razor-thin fine distinc­tions between hard and soft corruption. As if there really was a great and discernible dif­ference for the people who are its victims. Hard or soft, cor­ruption is corruption. The stat­utes make no distinctions and neither …

  • 6 November

    The return of Edwin Lacierda and US dependence

    Social media observers say there has been a significant rise in the number of rants in the internet against President Duterte during and after his visit to the People’s Republic of China.

  • 6 November

    ‘The end is near’

    An ominous phrase, indeed, if referenc­ing noxious clumps of both real and figurative debris, which for months, have gotten more and more bloated from wars both with weapons and rhet­oric the world over, especial­ly, one tilting on a friable bal­ance, the US—where from an ad featuring both presidential candidates in a highly toxic race for the White House I borrowed …

October, 2016

  • 30 October

    For want of a battle

    For want of a battle, the kingdom was lost,” is the penultimate phrase of a short nursery rhyme and an old crusted idiomatic expression that illustrates the distorted trade-offs among choices that people make where they effectively surrender greater causes in pursuit of one lesser and more insignificant. The rhyme starts off with, “For want of a nail, a shoe is …