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WHAT a trivial, luckless sports nation we have become under President BS Aquino! In Southeast Asia, where we came out No. 1 in the 2005 Southeast Asian Games under President Gloria Arroyo, we now rank in sixth place under BS. In Asia, where we placed second to Japan in 1954…

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It doesn’t really matter if pork-barrel scam queen Janet Napoles was telling the truth or not when she said that Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, when he was congressman, taught her how to use non-governmental organizations to steal from legislators’ pork barrel funds. Abad’s crime is that he stonewalled the Commission…

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This essay is my contribution to the commemoration today of the 116th anniversary of Philippine independence. For some reason, many are deviating and fleeing from the traditional commemorative rites and the usual exaltation of heroism and patriotism that marks speeches on this day. Fleeing the capital and the rally The…

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“I prefer a government run like hell by Filipinos to a government run like heaven by Americans.” That’s the famous statement by the Philippines’ second president Manuel Quezon, quoted in so many emotional speeches extolling nationalism. I’m sure some smart aleck would post in his Facebook page: “Careful what you…

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A tragicomedy of Aristotelian proportions is unfolding in Asia’s first Republic—the Philippines. It is inexorably rising from the wreckage and stress of the multi-billion pork barrel scandal and Janet Napoles scam that has transfixed this nation of 100 million for nearly a year. It will play out, over the next…

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In his attempt to demonize the Estradas so there won’t be an “EDSA Tres” backlash when Senator Jinggoy Estrada is thrown to jail this week, President Aquino may have inadvertently provided us with what is nearly the “smoking gun” of his complicity in the pork-barrel scam, or at least of…

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Originality of Benedict’s vision of Christianity in the public square explained ROME, (Zenit.org): “In history, legal systems were almost always motivated in a religious way: what among men is just is decided on the basis of a reference to the Divinity. Contrary to other great religions, Christianity has never imposed…

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One of the funniest cartoons ever drawn depicted the white South African president Pieter Botha (a lonely white dot at the edge of the drawing) telling thousands of black dots who practically occupy the entire drawing, “You are under arrest.” Seeing that cartoon, I knew with reasonable certitude that Nelson…

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Many readers have written and wondered why it is that in Japan, government officials quickly leave office in the face of public scandal and the massive failure of public policy—whereas here in the Philippines, our officials cling to their positions like glue, despite the exposure of corruption, perfidy and other…

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