A conflict-averse president? Part II

A conflict-averse president? Part II

Early in the election quickcount, Vice President Leni Robredo called on her supporters to “listen to the people’s voice” and be prepared to accept Bongbong Marcos as the nation’s 17th president. This gave the post-election drive for unity a much-needed push. But...
A conflict-averse president?

A conflict-averse president?

The winners in the May 9 elections have not been officially proclaimed, but world leaders have already recognized former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as the 17th president of the Philippines. US President Joe Biden is the first one to extend such...
Between the good and the best

Between the good and the best

In a recent piece online (Cleaning up the mess, pressone.ph, March 30, 2022), I wrote of certain groups that are trying to use the Philippine Catholic Church to work for or against certain presidential candidates in the May 9 election. This, I said for the nth time,...
Between the good and the best

Cleaning up the mess

The 2022 Philippine presidential campaign has so polarized and divided the nation that whoever wins on May 9, the task of unifying and rebuilding the socio-political, economic order will have to take first priority. This becomes especially urgent if the most militant...
Between the good and the best

Retooling the “debates”

Since the 90-day official presidential campaign period kicked off in February, Filipinos have been treated to a series of presidential “debates.” These are but media forums, rather than “debates,” strictly speaking, for a “debate,” as we know it, is a formal public...
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A watershed moment for Filipinos

On 17 February this year, Cardinal-Archbishop Jose F. Advincula of Manila presided over a solemn high mass in honor of the “martyrdom” of Fathers Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos and Jacinto Zamora, known by their acronym Gomburza. The three Filipino priests were executed...