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February, 2015

  • 16 February

    Purisima’s ‘pa-pogi’ turns ugly

    Ed Javier / Where I stand Talks are rife that resigned Philippine National Police Director-General Alan Purisima was planning to stage a spectacular comeback as PNP chief by bagging international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, the so-called “Osama bin Laden of Asia,” while serving his six-month preventive suspension by the Office of the Ombudsman for allegations of graft and …

  • 16 February

    Ambidextrous leadership

    Edmund Tayao / Mettle Works e are victims of an ambidextrous leadership; twice now, the country and our Moro brothers have been made to hope—for nothing.  The story of the BBL seems to be, and many still hope not, going the same way as the MOA-AD. Not many support having peace with the MILF, but what is not debatable is …

  • 9 February

    Diluting the decision on the DAP

    Dean dela Paz / The Next Page Following the profound and learned wisdom of the Supreme Court (SC) on the motion for consideration filed by the powers that-be on the original July 2014 ruling of unconstitutionality on the presidential Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), for many, perhaps too blinded by tears from constantly wailing against the pork-barrel system, it is difficult …

  • 9 February

    What would you pack in a Grab-and-Go bag?

    Alegria A.Imperial / Peregrine Notes My passport,” I blurted out from a subconscious depth during a workshop on Disaster Preparedness two months ago. The workshop facilitator and five of my neighbors from our Strata (condominium) responded mildly stunned. Fortunately, we faced only a virtual scenario of a disaster. Otherwise, I would have none but my passport to chew on for …

  • 9 February

    Helping the plight of ‘Japinos’

    Ed Javier / Where l stand TOKYO—Two weeks ago, this writer had the good fortune to visit this beautiful country and to witness first-hand the compassionate and caring nature of the Japanese people.

  • 9 February

    In search of long-range plans

    R. V. Vicerra / Cedar The official poverty ratio of 24.9 percent means that one out of every four Filipinos today is poor – living on only P52 (a little over $1 a day). This means also that roughly 25 million Filipinos (and perhaps 2 million more) are living on very limited means of sustenance that barely covers a meal …

  • 2 February

    The pedagogy of the Pope

    Dean dela Paz / The Next Page For the more discerning and those astutely aware of the intimate connection between the history of Latin American politics and the personal development of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, there must have been a wealth, nay, a virtual treasure trove of teachings, found in every step, discovered in every movement and displayed in every expression …

  • 2 February

    A fog of silence

    Alegria A.Imperial / Peregrine Notes Somehow, in this household I once knew, the pall has dissipated. That about which seemed unspoken has been unraveled. The frayed ends that dangled have been tied into narratives though once in a while, if brushed by a breath, still prompts sobbing which arises from the teenager’s breast of grandmother, now almost 90 years old. …

  • 2 February

    Purisima, Alcala should go

    Ed Javier / Where I Stand The nation is angry. If the President’s advisers want him to sail smoothly to the end of his term, they must advise him to do something decisive. That way, he can regain control of the country’s emotion gone awry. He just might be able to leave Malacañang with his head held up high.

January, 2015

  • 26 January

    Didactics for Dinky’s Doles

    Dean dela Paz / The Next Page It was rather telling that in the midst of ostentatious and indecent plenty, under the glistening Palace chandeliers, the most luxurious coiffures, the reddest rouge and the stiffest starch set upon the most portly and powerful, the most influential, and in some, the wealthiest and fattest pork barrel-fed politicians, the Holy Father, iconic …