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A real, non-aligned foreign policy

Manila should grab the chance to become a dialogue partner or even become a member like India, Pakistan, and Mongolia which also have vibrant relations with the US and the West.

Divisive American Indo-Pacific strategy

In January 2021, Washington crafted a strategy to promote an open and free Indo-Pacific region to deter its main competitor, Beijing, from dominating global political and economic influence.

The mistreatments Leila de Lima got

Now is the time for the Marcos Jr. government to clean itself of the damage before the world of Duterte’s “bottomless pit of impunity.” We must defy government when it fails that.

The lunacy that is ROTC

At the rate senators are mouthing absurdities, rationalizing the return of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) or the mandatory physical military training in college has become an act of sheer idiocy.

Can Marcos Sr.’s remains still be exhumed?

The dictator’s remains can still be exhumed. It can happen under a better government that does not extol fascism and despotism, which absolutely have no place in 21st century democracies. Perhaps not this time but in the future, yes.

Like a house of cards

Here’s one probable, brief explanation of how we unraveled as a country. It began with Duterte’s undeniable charisma that catapulted him to power.

Food for thought

We are of course only scratching the surface of the problem here. Food security and food waste are also grave ecological issues. 

Engaged!

“Move on! Why can’t you just forgive and forget as the Bible teaches!” This was one of the criticisms that many Leni Robredo supporters received during last year’s heated election period when they try to bring up the issue of Martial Law.

Take Two, with Feelings!

In the end, Pope Francis offers a few words about possible solutions to the global ecological crisis. Instead, he ends Laudato Deum ominously: “Praise God” is the title of this letter. For when human beings claim to take God’s place, they become their own worst enemies.”

‘MaJoHa’ and proposal

We need to refocus our priorities and check our motivations because if we continue to patronize these non-essentials, we are breeding a whole generation of MaJoHa. God help us.

Let Ayo coach… somewhere else

Before it is too late, let Ayo coach… somewhere else. Let his staff coach… somewhere else. Let us wish them luck as they also start over. Let UST be free from the ghost of 2020 because moving on will not be possible without exorcising the ghost that has been holding back the team and the community. Let go. Let Ayo coach somewhere else.  

A Sleeping (Scoring) Giant Awakens

Now that Alaska is set to leave the PBA and is on an emotional farewell tour, it has awakened a scoring giant who has been waiting to be unleashed. Now better than ever, the former King Stallion and King Archer has new weapons in his arsenal and is ready to take over.

POC declares Patafa chief persona non grata

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) on Tuesday declared Philip Ella Juico, president of the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa), persona non grata for “harassing” Olympic pole vaulter EJ Obiena.

Life’s a glitch: New Year’s Day snafu

For one, a huge amount of money is spent on these systems. How and why the systems fail so miserably and at the most unholy hour – New Year’s Day, for cryin’ out loud – is a question we must insist on being answered. As truthfully as they can make it. Crisis management BS we don’t need. 

Viruses

There are no coffins for them.
They are buried in distant shallow graves

Ninoy Aquino: Apostle of non-violent resistance

“I have returned to join the ranks of those struggling to restore our rights and freedoms through non-violence.” This was part of the statement Ninoy Aquino wanted to deliver upon his arrival from exile thirty-six years ago.

Between the good and the best

In a recent piece online, 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, is contrary to the express teaching of the Catholic Church.

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.

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 discussion in which two opposing sides argue against each other the validity or invalidity of a particular proposition.

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Ningas-kugon

Are Filipinos that forgiving or are we simply forgetful?

Living the ‘holiness of normality’

At an age when people, especially millennials, seem to seek personal fulfilment through high-profile accomplishments, one woman has just been recognized as a model of sanctity through devoting her life to teaching chemistry—without fanfare.

Who is St. Thomas More?

Very little is known about St. Thomas More, the patron of statesmen and politicians as declared by Pope John Paul II in the year 2000. He lived a very inspiring life and is a model of firmness of conscience to the end.

Time to Love

The Holy Book says: “There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.” (Eccl. 3:1) Thus “there is a time to love.” (Eccl. 3:8)

Eyes on the Ice: Human rights diplomacy

Last week’s vote by United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the Iceland-backed resolution exasperated the sensitive Duterte administration and the DDS community.