RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

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When is a creature a person? That really is the question the Supreme Court justices felt was most crucial in order to decide whether the reproductive health law is constitutional or not. It is not the newspaper headline “When does life begin?”, since obviously even a spermatozoa or an egg…

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Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer for 2013 confirms what most informed Filipinos have concluded after three years under President Aquino’s administration: Corruption in this country persists and has increased. Based on 1,000 respondents in the Philippines, the organization’s survey showed that nearly two-thirds (62 percent) believed that corruption has remained…

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And what is the human zygote? A medical dictionary defines it: “The first diploid cell that forms following fertilization by fusion of the haploid oocyte (egg) and spermatozoa (sperm) resulting in the combination of their separate genomes.” It is the fusion of the female egg and the male sperm, right…

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The so-called mosquito press in the years before Marcos’ fall refers to the anti-dictatorship newspapers that broke that regime’s tight hold on information. These ranged from left-leaning publications to college newsletters to weeklies such as intrepid Eugenia Apostol’s Mr. & Ms. (initially a lifestyle magazine) and Jose Burgos’ We Forum.…

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That should have been the title of this fascinating book: Sacred Origins of Profound Things by Charles Panati, a former science editor of Newsweek magazine. Indeed its subtitle is more descriptive of the book: “The stories behind the rites and rituals of the world’s religions.” What distinguishes Homo sapiens from…

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President Obama’s visits to Tanzania (population: 46 million) and Senegal (13 million people) last week, together with President Aquino’s transiting to his term’s second half is a sad reminder of the messed-up, pathetic state of our foreign relations. Despite the yoking of our foreign policy to that of the US,…

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I thought I had written enough about the shameless and stupid renaming of the University of the Philippines’ College of Business Administration after Marcos’ top technocrat Cesar Virata. But then the college’s Dean, Ben Paul Guiterrez, who spearheaded the move for the renaming, had his letter published in the internet…

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SUNDAY READ I bought my first Kindle e-book reader in 2008, but after just a few months had gone tired of it, having the usual complaints about it –- the six-inch screen was too small and its black font on a grayish background dull for me, making me sleepy. More…

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Filipino companies and the rich don’t seem impressed by the 6.8 GDP growth rate in 2012, nor by the American rating agencies’ gushing reports that the Philippines has attained investment grade rank. Our capitalists moved $1,845 million out of the country in 2012, the biggest outflow since 2008. It was…

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That was the rock band Queen’s plaintive refrain in the movie Highlander in scenes where the immortal Connor MacLeod suffers his beloved wife’s growing old and dying, while he remains forever young. Sad certainly, but I’d bet most of us fantasized how great it would be to be like MacLeod—deathless.…

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