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The first two installments on Beauty Deception spoke of how far we go, how complicit celebrity culture is with, and how media enterprises fall into the trap of, the beauty industry. And when we speak of the latter we do mean the bigger ideology of perfection, one that’s achieved via…

YEN MAKABENTA

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As the administration pushes its new calculus for peace in Mindanao, counting on the leadership by Liberals of both houses of Congress for the passage of a Bangsamoro Basic law, Liberal Party leaders will increasingly discover that they cannot hide from history. Sooner or later, they will learn to their…

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UNEMPLOYMENT and underemployment continue to be perennial problems in our country. According to the January 2014 Labor Force Survey (LFS) the unemployment rate rose to 7.5 percent in January from 7.1 percent a year ago. This means that 2.969 million Filipinos were unemployed. Most of them (48.2 percent) are 15-24…

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“The ownership and management of mass media shall be limited to citizens of the Philippines…”  — Article 16, Section 11, Philippine Constitution. 8th of a series on the Salim Empire in the Philippines I wrote on March 4 that the Indonesian tycoon Anthoni Salim was set to take control, through…

Ricardo Saludo

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Second of four parts Continuing the analysis of the Bangsamoro accords from legal and political standpoints, this second part of the article spotlights three major provisions on power-sharing, geographic coverage, and wealth-sharing. Below are abridged excerpts from the 200-page special report on the Bangsamoro pact by the Center for Strategy,…

Fr. Benigno P. Beltran, SVD

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So great was the sorrow of Kisa Gautami, called the Frail One, at the death of her young son that she would not accept the boy’s death. She took to the streets, carrying her dead son on her hips, knocking at each door, and demanding: “Give me medicine for my…

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It was Madeleine Albright, former US ecretary of State, who first remarked that “Corruption is the cancer of democracy.” It’s one of those statements that become more prophetic as time goes by. The pathological metaphor gives me the creeps. But if corruption is the cancer, the pork barrel is plainly…

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Third of three parts The colossal flaws in President Aquino’s pact with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are in the title of the agreement itself: “The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (italics supplied).” For starters, it is certainly not “comprehensive” as it totally ignores the peace agreements with the Moro…

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Grafters, you better watch out, you better not pout, Barack Obama is coming to town. You may be headed to the graft court. With the filing by the Ombudsman yesterday of plunder charges against three senators (Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr.) Janet Lim Napoles…

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Second of three parts “MILF firearms to be placed under lock and key,” read the headline of one of The Manila Times’ front-paged news the other day, and other newspapers had similar stories. It was based on statements made in a press conference by Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s chief negotiator…

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