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October, 2015

  • 11 October

    The ‘masa’-fication of Mar Roxas

    The gathering of the Liberal Party faithful last October 3 to announce its vice presidential bet gave the public a chance to see the stark difference between Mar Roxas and his rivals in the 2016 derby. 

  • 11 October

    What plagues the airline industry?

    The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) organized recently the first-ever Philippine Aviation Summit that gathered the various stakeholders in the local civil-aviation industry. 

  • 5 October

    Would that the Philippines pull the likes of ‘Aling’ Norma and ‘Mang’ Joe out of peripheral shadows

    End-of-season deep discounts on summer clothes as autumn creeps in have triggered in me wishful thinking again about Aling Norma’s itinerant home-service hemming and alteration services in Pureza, Sta. Mesa, where we used to live. 

  • 5 October

    Rights group: Filipino child miners risk lives in gold mines

    By Teresa Cerojano / The Associated Press Thousands of Filipino children, some as young as 9 years old, risk their lives by working in illegal, small-scale gold mines under terrifying conditions and the government has not done enough to protect them, a human- rights group said last Wednesday. 

  • 5 October

    Letting Grace be Grace

    Barely a week before the official filing of the certificates of candidacy, politicians of all stripes are scrambling to cobble together their respective groups that, hopefully, would be most palatable to voters by the time elections roll around in May next year. 

  • 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.