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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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When accused-turned-state witness Ruby Tuason on May 2 handed over P40 million in manager’s check to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, which she said was the amount in commissions she got from Janet Napoles’ pork-barrel scam, nobody raised an eyebrow. Many seemed to believe her testimony in the hearing of the…

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Today, I will devote my column to a discussion of honesty in public discourse, and to three specimens that are sobering and outstanding. The first comes from the head of the ruling military junta in neighboring Thailand, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, which I got from an Associated Press report last month.…

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A week before school opening, our “live-out” domestic help requested her month’s salary in advance. She needs to pay for the school uniforms and other school expenses for her three children, she said. I can’t imagine where she’ll get money for her family’s food that month. I guess she will…

Fr. Benigno P. Beltran, SVD

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Work and/or Prayer? On the eve of the Day of Atonement, when the time had come to say KolNidre, all the Hasidim were gathered together in the House of Prayer waiting for the rabbi. But time passed and he did not come. Then one of the women of the congregation…

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