Did the peaceful INC protest end in a deal?

September 1, 2015 12:03 am

THE protest action of the Iglesia ni Cristo has mercifully ended without an untoward incident and heartbreak. This transpired because both the government and the church group kept their heads before braggarts could turn the protest into something dangerous.

How the situation was defused bears lessons on how government should handle equally testy situations in the future, and how protesting groups ought to behave in order to settle issues amicably.

Thinking the situation through
One clear lesson is that it pays to let each side think the situation through, instead of their hurrying to regale the media and publicize demands.

After a thorough…

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The death of civility

August 30, 2015 10:02 pm

THE one outcome of the extremely disruptive public protest staged by the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) over the past few days everyone can agree on is that it has revealed just how ugly the national mood has become. Everywhere one … Read more »

Commiserate with Chinese friends over Tianjin tragedy

August 29, 2015 11:10 pm

WITHOUT publicizing their words, some Filipinos have been saying in private about the tragically lethal August 12 chemical explosion in the port city of Tianjin “Buti nga! (Serves them right!)” These Filipinos are among those whose sense of patriotism has … Read more »

Our underwhelming economy

August 29, 2015 1:26 am

PERHAPS the most positive thing that might be said about the 5.6-percent expansion of the economy in the second quarter is that “It could have been worse.” The growth of the Philippines’ gross domestic product in the April-June period, as … Read more »

What good is a straight path if traffic is not moving?

August 27, 2015 11:30 pm

SLOWLY and inexorably, the Aquino government, by its failure to help solve the problems of daily life, is driving many of us into impossible and desperate straits. Confronted by a traffic jam that wouldn’t budge, Manila Archbishop Emeritus Gaudencio Cardinal … Read more »

Freedom of Information bill is dead–blame BS Aquino

August 26, 2015 11:15 pm

ON Wednesday members of the “Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition” marched to Mendiola to protest the continued failure of Congress to pass the Freedom of Information bill. The marchers carried a coffin symbolizing the death of the FOI Bill. … Read more »

Our heroes-saviors triumph against Customs plan

August 25, 2015 11:39 pm

WORLDWIDE anger of Overseas Filipino Workers and good sense have triumphed over the plan announced by Customs Chief Bert Lina to inspect balikbayan boxes. Mr. Lina had been a bright and successful private sector businessman, so it must have been … Read more »

Manila Metropolitan Theater restoration begins

August 24, 2015 11:25 pm

WE have been waiting for the chance to praise something Budget Secretary Florencio Abad has done and it has come. The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Sunday, August 23, announced the release of P9.48 million for the initial … Read more »

Mar Roxas’ future may be in a tampered balikbayan box

August 23, 2015 10:53 pm

(The print edition of our editorial yesterday begins with a sentence containing the grave error of mistaking Customs Chief Bert Lina for his brother former senator Joey Lina. We deeply apologize for that error which we corrected in the online … Read more »

Stop oppressing OFWs

August 22, 2015 11:01 pm

(This is a corrected version of our original editorial in which we committed the grave error of mistaking BOC Commissioner Albert Lina for former senator Joey Lina. We are sorry for our grave error.) BUREAU of Customs Commissioner Albert Lina’s … Read more »