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The ABS-CBN media behemoth would be doing real public service if it broadcast again, or release a transcript, of broadcaster Ted Failon’s excellent—but depressing—special report on Tacloban that was aired on Saturday. I can understand Mr. Failon’s passion for the topic as he was born and grew up in Tacloban,…

RENE Q. BAS

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The other day, Holy Father Francis made more than 10,000 couples engaged to be married more blessedly happy. The Zenit News Agency report by Junno Arocho Esteves said, “Love was in the air in Vatican City as an estimated 25,000 young people, all of whom are engaged couples preparing for…

YEN MAKABENTA

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A lawyer-friend tells me that the Senate pork-barrel scam inquiry would be less frustrating if Blue Ribbon Committee chairman Teofisto Guingona III would only focus the inquiry on establishing facts like the existence and commission of a crime or crimes Instead, he has been running in around like a headless…

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Even the once above-the-fray central monetary authority we call the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, it seems, has joined the panicky efforts of President Aquino’s propagandists to reverse his image as a failed president. It issued a few days ago a press release that was dutifully parroted by an uncritical media:…

YEN MAKABENTA

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When Ms. Ruby Tuason or whatever her name is takes the hot seat today at the long-running hearings on the pork barrel scam by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, she will only be the latest float in the long parade of witnesses organized by the committee and the Justice Department.…

YEN MAKABENTA

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As the name-calling between Manila and Beijing becomes more heated, I think it will be good for us if it becomes a contest instead as to which country—China or the Philippines—is the real or original “Sick Man of Asia.” Whenever President Aquino talks about the recent show of economic dynamism…

Fr. Benigno P. Beltran, SVD

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There was once a traveling circus in Denmark that caught fire. The manager, seeing that the clown was already dressed and made up for the performance, thereupon sent him into the neighboring village to fetch help, especially as there was danger that the fire would spread across the fields of…

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Under normal conditions, according to public relations professionals, the little guy or weak side (David) has a fair chance of winning a public relations war against a vastly stronger adversary (Goliath). Public sympathy instinctively lines up on the side of the underdog because he is puny and weak. And there…

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I can’t believe how ignorant or loony, or both, the recent statements President Aquino and his spokesman Herminio Coloma have been. Ignorant: Aquino likened China’s claims over the Spratly Islands to Hitler’s demand in 1938 for Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland region to be turned over to Nazi Germany. Aquino’s analogy is something…

YEN MAKABENTA

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When President Benigno Aquino 3rd finally finds the courage to apologize to Hong kong leaders for the tragic hostage-taking incident on August 23, 2010, he will not be the first or most important leader in history to say sorry. The list is long and decorated by some of the great…

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