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Old issue’s new eruption

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Mad is he?” King George II once snarled about one of his aides. “Then, I hope he’ll bite some of my generals.” It would also be daft if any official here tried to confiscate Korans from Filipino Muslims. Both law and practice buttress liberty of faith. The exact opposite unreels in Malaysia. The Islamic Religious [...]

Posted: January 7th, 2014 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Calendars, torn and new

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Tomorrow is only found in the calendar of fools.” Writer Og Mandino’s line came to mind on New Year’s Eve as we ripped down down the 2013 calendar. Where did those 522,600 minutes go? We wondered when tacking up the 2014 edition. We walked through San Francisco’s financial district afternoon of New Year’s Eve many [...]

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Christmas faces

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“Raul” tops our Christmas Eve checklist. He’s a 55-year-old who collects empty bottles and scrap for a living. He looks 80 from having had one altanghap too many. That’s jargon for breakfast (almusal), lunch (tanghalian) and dinner (hapunan) crammed into one.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Wasteland operators

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Inquirer’s headline summed the festering issue: “Some journalists had it coming, probers say.” They referred to the December killings of three Mindanao–No, not journalists – but “block-timers”. “(He) berated targets like they were the worst animals on earth, cocked his gun on the air, challenging (them) to a gunfight.” Who did? Probers wouldn’t say. But [...]

Posted: December 17th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Geography of the heart

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The traditional “Misa de Gallo” starts day after tomorrow and ends Christmas Eve. And once again, the features of a grime-streaked beggar who wouldn’t budge from the church door will haunt us. “Simbang Gabi” had just ended when this hobo blocked my exit. If delayed, I’d miss that Bangkok flight. As a “martial law refugee,” [...]

Posted: December 14th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Green wall

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They call it the– what? “The Green Wall,” our banker friend said. He oversees banks in the Visayas. Mangroves in Eastern Samar buffered the storm surge that killed thousands elsewhere, his clients stated. That’s correct, wrote Neil Chatterjee, writing for Bloomberg. In Southeast Asia, replanted mangroves are getting credit for protecting against tsunamis and typhoons [...]

Posted: December 10th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Responses to joy

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Aslew of comments, from caustic to enthusiastic, flooded in as Inquirer readers reacted to the Nov. 30 column: “Slow Suicide.” This “Viewpoint” essay tried to place Pope Francis’ letter “The Joy of the Gospel” in the Philippine context. “We do not live better when we refuse to share, cushioned by our our comforts,” Francis wrote [...]

Posted: December 3rd, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

A Pinoy belen

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We tacked up again those Christmas star lanterns Sunday. We stashed the parols before Supertyphoon “Yolanda/ Haiyan” barreled through. The five-candle Advent wreath is back in our sala. So is the Christmas tree. The wife dusted off the Nativity figurines: Mary, Joseph shepherds, Magi, sheep, cattle plus manger. Our family places the Infant in the [...]

Posted: November 26th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Devil, deep blue sea quandary

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When TV crews race cargo ships with airplanes and helicopters, the cameras always win,” John Crowley of Harvard’s Humanitarian Initiative wrote after supertyphoon “Yolanda/Haiyan” battered the Visayas. Planes can fly 24 to 48 hours after a storm clears. And disembarking journalists will pan on contorted faces of traumatized victims. Reports zero in on the gap [...]

Posted: November 19th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Clueless pawn

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Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada went viral with his bid to apologize and compensate for the deaths of six Hong Kong tourists in a botched bus hijack rescue in August 2010. This is “buffoonery,” snapped Philip Bowring, who writes for South China Morning Post to International Herald Tribune. This journalist has tracked Asia for 39 years [...]

Posted: November 12th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Backbone

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Can an Ombudsman who has a backbone instead of a wishbone make a difference? Read last week’s Court of Appeals decision that upheld Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales’ order to fire 10 Navy men. They were implicated in the 1995 death of Ensign Philip Pestaño who refused to load hot timber and drugs. Associate Justice Jose [...]

Posted: November 5th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

A hundred names

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Muslims in mosques from Quiapo to Cotabato call Divinity “Allah.” In Cebu Daily News, an imam writes a weekly column on his faith. Liberty of faith and speech are constitutionally-buttressed rights here. Muslims form five percent of the population, Catholics 83 percent and Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3 percent. In next-door Malaysia, “Allah means God—unless you’re [...]

Posted: October 29th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

No magic bullet

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The bad news is the pork barrel scam, compounded by the Malampaya Fund scandal, squandered over P10 billion — and counting. The good news is that a P67 billion chunk, among others, eluded the ladrones. That fund is going to four million dirt-poor families in monthly grants ranging from P500 to P1,400. These have strings [...]

Posted: October 8th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

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