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May, 2015

  • 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 …

  • 4 May

    Mixed emotions on summer

    “Not a season for me, summer in Manila and almost everywhere in the Philippines—with its relentless heat—has turned into a reason to whine instead,” I would say unguarded among friends here in Vancouver.  While no one has barked a response yet at my insensitivity, silence would swarm around me like burst balloons. It’s unimaginable, you see, for them, who have …

  • 4 May

    PNR needs better management

    In our column last March 30, we wrote that the Philippine National Railways (PNR) appears to be on the road to perdition due to the public railway’s low standards of safety in securing the protection of its passengers. Just last week, this dire warning came to pass. A southbound train derailed from the tracks near the Magallanes Skyway exit and …

April, 2015

  • 27 April

    Hope, despair and Grace Poe

    It would have been an ominous anagram had it not been for a missing letter. The letters P, O and E that spell Poe, perhaps the most significant in Grace Poe’s name, have the same as HOPE, save for one that is usually silent, anyway. As anagrams go, it does not require brains to rearrange P, O and E into …

  • 27 April

    A disdain for the sun

    Parents often gloss over some children’s preferences or even think it idiosyncratic, especially in my time. Take mine. As a child, I searched for shadows. Like an elf, I ducked under bushes where my playmates would thrust out their faces and breasts to the sun. Under trees at high noon, when the crown of an acacia tree from across our …

  • 27 April

    Fundraising at Customs

    In what appears to be a stinging rebuke to daang matuwid, Commissioner John Phillip Sevilla left the Bureau of Customs, decrying political pressure and linking it to sinister efforts to raise campaign funds for next year’s presidential elections.