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Points of View & Perspectives

October, 2015

  • 5 October

    Obama challenges Clinton, other 2016 candidates on Syria

    By Julie Pace / The Associated Press Washington—United States President Barack Obama accused White House hopefuls of concocting “half-baked” ideas for solving the crisis in Syria, appearing to even dismiss his former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s call for a no-fly zone before later clarifying his view of the Democratic frontrunner. 

September, 2015

  • 27 September

    Traffic, tempers and tantrums

    Indulge us a bit of road rage. We’ve decided to surrender and succumb to the tempestuous rage that builds up whenever we hit Metropolitan Manila’s streets. Allow us to hitch a ride on the bandwagon by adding to the congestion of criticism and streetwise analyses rushing in from the commuting public on how to tackle the traffic problem. 

  • 27 September

    ‘Indonesian? Chinese? Malaysian? Thai?’

    It’s baffling how our looks sometimes pin us down to the wrong map, which could turn out to be a good thing—like getting two turkey slices at a recent buffet where friends and I strayed into in Atlantic City. 

  • 27 September

    The ‘prostituted’ Automated Election Law

    By Rod ‘Inky’ Reyes I am ominously aghast that regardless of how seemingly attractive automated elections are, the intent and spirit behind the Automated Election Law has been and continues to be prostituted by election authorities and the contractor entrusted with safeguarding our democratic institutions. Given what happened in 2010 and 2013 where every single security feature of the PCOS …

  • 27 September

    Pontiff warns US bishops vs ‘divisive’ language

    By Rachel Zoll / The Associated Press Pope Francis told US bishops on Wednesday they should avoid “harsh and divisive” language and create a Church with the warmth of a “family fire,” as he laid out a vision for American Catholicism far from the defensive stands on social issues that have put Church leaders at the center of the culture wars. 

  • 20 September

    The other official alternative truths

    Some people are undeniably so extremely ugly that one look at their mugs is enough to launch a thousand Spartan ships in the opposite direction. The hapless owners of such faces are, however, in constant denial and their failed attempts to hide the repulsive truth have been spun in various ways so creative that the synonym entry for falsehoods, self-deception …

  • 20 September

    Bicol’s Virgin of Peñafrancia: Does she mind how we treat her?

    Lavished with unabashed emotion as if she were our mother, and crowned twice in the only way humans know how, we have been profuse with gestures to honor her, our Heavenly Queen.

  • 20 September

    Muslim rebels reject changes in proposed autonomy law

    By Jim Gomez / The Associated Press A Muslim rebel leader has said changes that would water down a proposed Muslim autonomy law under a peace deal with the Philippines government are unacceptable and that insurgents are appealing to lawmakers to pass legislation that would help end a decades-old rebellion in the country’s south.

  • 20 September

    Japan enhances military’s role as security bills pass

    By Mari Yamaguchi / The Associated Press Tokyo—Japan’s parliament early Saturday approved contentious legislation that enhances the role of the country’s military by loosening post-World War II constraints, after the ruling bloc defeated opposition parties’ last-ditch effort to block a vote.

  • 13 September

    Bedtime dreams and discharges

    Many can’t seem to believe the ludicrousness of the announcement that a representative mouthpiece of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) recently discharged to hacks and hounds salivating for press releases.