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To say that President B. S. Aquino 3rd’s “isolation is now complete,” as my friend and colleague Yen Makabenta says in an earlier piece on this page, may be an overstatement, but The New York Times August 28, 2014 editorial on “Political Mischief in the Philippines” marks a significant shift…

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President B. S. Aquino 3rd swiftly reacted to the August 27 Lipa Declaration calling for his immediate resignation by announcing that he will no longer push for a constitutional amendment to allow him to seek a second term. That is not nearly half as good as his resignation,  or a…

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The “urgent call for national transformation,” unleashed from the National Transformation Council’s groundbreaking assembly in Lipa on Wednesday, has to alter first the quality and conduct of the debate on the common good before it can alter anything else. If it is able to do that, it would be a…

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After the widely advertised anti-pork rally in Manila bombed on Monday, when the purported “one million people’s march” turned into an ill-disguised pro-Aquino shindig, we need now to turn and listen more to what Pope Francis calls, “the peripheries.” There is where we could be learning more about the real issues that go beyond President B. S. Aquino 3rd’s “pork”.

From Cebu last Saturday, we heard fresh and stronger drums against the “pork,” which kept on coming back like the cat with nine lives, despite the Supreme Court ruling declaring it null and void. Congratulations to Archbishop Jose Palma for hosting the event, and to all the Cebuanos who supported it.

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Judging by reports on last Saturday’s “people’s congress” in Cebu, and expectations about today’s Luneta rally, the “anti-pork” protest is alive and well. The proposed P108 million per congressman for 2015, as against the P70 million they had been getting yearly before the Supreme Court voided the Priority Development Assistance…

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