TITA VALDERAMA

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MOST if not all politicians use the poor to get elected. Yet, after generations, poor people remain poor because promises of better life for them remain promises. But talking to a couple of barangay leaders a few days ago kept me thinking if poor people really want to improve their…

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IF harsh penalty can stop the commission of a crime, we should be living in a peaceful world. But we are not, despite the existence of so many laws prescribing stiff penalties against certain crimes. What penalty could be worse than imprisonment for life in cramped and stinky jails, with…

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HOUSE Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has been going on a rampage in recent weeks. He is mad, and his madness is not directed at just anybody working under him but at the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. He is mad because he could not have his own way. Alvarez…

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THE defiance that Congress leaders have shown in dealing with a constitutional question over the declaration of martial law in Mindanao is quite disturbing. And then you hear the Speaker of the House warning of a constitutional crisis if the Supreme Court comes up with a resolution directing Congress to…

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IN my journalism classes, I require my students to watch the movies ‘Shattered Glass’ and ‘Spotlight’ for them to distinguish real journalism from fiction or creative writing. The movies are relevant in view of the spread of fake news, or what others call alternative facts, that make the life of…

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Ed Lingao: He introduced himself as Alex, but in our naturally irreverent way, we’d already branded him “Lolo PX” or Imported Grandfather by the end of his first day at the PCIJ. It was a label he would only find out about much later, by which time it was a…

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First of 2 parts RARELY do we get to read an article that not only makes us cry but also makes us think and reflect on something close to home. “My Family’s Slave” by Fil-Am journalist Alex Tizon must be the most popular article published on the American magazine The…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is right when he says that no law disqualifies Margaux “Mocha” Uson from becoming president of the Philippines. He also once said that boxing champ Manny Pacquiao may become president one day. Why not? But Uson will have to wait until 2028 before she can run for…

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NEWS about the two explosions in Quiapo on Saturday evening sent chills down the spine of some people, primarily because it happened barely a week after a blast in the same vicinity that injured 14 people. I learned about the explosions—one happened at around 5:40 p.m. and the other at…

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THE chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, has once again shown his incompetence in his handling of the secret detention cell discovered at the Manila Police District (MPD) Station 1 in Tondo, Manila. Instead of holding to task the station commander and…

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