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Points of View & Perspectives

May, 2015

  • 24 May

    First smile: Piecing together a memory

    The more I plumb my memories, which tend to link with almost any theme or subject I tackle, the more I’m convinced that not facts but feelings anchor us to our past. No matter how studies on the role of memory in everyday life place learning, meaning knowledge skills, at the core, I associate most of what I seem to …

  • 24 May

    Legal larceny at LTO

    Car owners are up in arms over the hare-brained scheme hatched by some smart guys at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) requiring vehicle owners to pay an additional P450 to acquire new license plates for their old vehicles.

  • 24 May

    Market disruptors

    Game Changers by JJ Atencio This column will explore and talk about success, the kind that comes from game-changing innovation that makes the business a market disruptor.

  • 19 May

    The ding-dong qualities of a leader

    Given the latent charges levied in the media against the Vice President derived from the Aquino administration’s campaign to exact vengeance for what ruling party officials deem as the anomalies of nonpartymates and other presidential challengers, plus the recent discussions between Benigno Aquino III and Sen. Grace Poe on the possibility of either a presidential or vice presidential bid in …

  • 19 May

    Insect infestation: Think impunity

    Picture a burst of limbs from a death-like state, the sudden blooms and sprouts on bare twigs, and as if wakened on multi-hues of happiness, the tulip fields—it’s spring. In our bones long chilled and often freezing, we, too, feel a sprint, especially of the spirit. But exhilaration has a dangerous underside, and if unchecked could prove disastrous; spring’s dizzying …

  • 19 May

    Mar should give way to Grace Poe

    The French phrase noblesse oblige comes to mind as Interior Secretary Mar Roxas grapples yet again with the dilemma of whether to run for president, despite the emergence of a stronger candidate other than himself.

  • 11 May

    The Bangsamoro basic lie

    Given that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which our government would have us swallow hook, line and sinker without as much as an apostrophe edited on even its most unconstitutional provisions for fear of displeasing Benigno Aquino III’s newfound KKK (kaklase, kabarilan and kaibigan), shooting buddies and BFF (best friends forever) in the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a …

  • 11 May

    Voices from my grandmothers

    By just being themselves—no cloying affectations or overzealous attention—and hardly even talking in my memory, the “voices” of my maternal and paternal grandmothers have remained audible in me.

  • 11 May

    Who’s footing the bill for Joel Villanueva’s ads?

    What is it with the chiefs of Tesda (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) and their overwhelming thirst to show their mug on advertising materials ostensibly to promote the programs and projects of the agency?

  • 4 May

    The impoverishing effect of doles

    When the government first conceived of a dole system during the Arroyo administration, its objectives and amount, real or underlying, were less than a quarter as ambitious as its resurrection under the current dispensation. Arroyo was a legitimate and an infinitely more skilled economist than those in today’s Executive branch. She understood both the political, as well as the economic …