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April 1, 2011

March 30 is a sad day for Filipinos. Three overseas Filipino workers Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, Ramon Credo and Elizabeth Batain were executed after being caught by Chinese immigration authorities and subsequently sentenced to death for carrying heroin into China.

April 1, 2011

I was delighted to realize that in the recent graduation ceremonies of the Ateneo de Naga University, the Valedictory Address was given by a female student, Ms. Sheanly Plofino and the Commencement Speech was delivered by another woman, Ms. Regina Paz Lopez. I think such is timely especially that March 8, 2011 marked the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Day.

March 28, 2011

Reproductive health” (RH) appears laudable, especially if avowed to help our poverty-challenged people or provide care, information, and other assistance for well-being. Who doesn’t want to be healthy, particularly among our women who bring new life to the world?

March 25, 2011

MANILA — After several hours of debate lasting until past midnight, members of the House of Representatives approved the impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Merceditas N. Gutierrez. With a vote of 210-47 in favor of House Resolution 1089, the impeachment case against Gutierrez would now be tried by the Senate.

March 25, 2011

The US has reportedly been observing the turn of events closely and in the case of Libya, has been gearing to act decisively as the self-proclaimed policeman of democracy in the world. What is not being said is the fact that the US exerts considerable influence on, and has been supporting and propping up these autocratic governments, with the exception of Libya.

March 25, 2011

Now that Ombudsman Gutierrez has been impeached by the House by an overwhelming vote of 212 to 47, trial in the Senate would then “forthwith proceed.”

March 23, 2011

Gov. L-Ray Villafuerte frankly denied any blood relation to DILG Sec Jesse Robredo. According to Gov. Villafueste, the secretary only borrowed the family name, his father having Lim as family name.

March 21, 2011

After celebrating Women’s Day all over the world for the past 100 years, how are women in the Philippines? Here are some hard figures.

March 15, 2011

Around the country and even abroad, there has been an increasing interest in CVIF, particularly on how it has become possible for students of a high school with meager resources and facilities in a remote rural town to have been achieving superior performance and gaining college admission into the top universities in the country. One alumna has even made it to the University of California at Berkeley.

March 12, 2011

During his first few months in office as DILG Secretary, Jesse Robredo made it a priority to issue a memorandum circular requiring all local government units to fully disclose their budget and how they are spending it to their constituents. Clearly, this initiative is in line with the campaign promise of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to curb graft and corruption through the promotion of transparency and public accountability...Camarines Sur Governor LRay Villafuerte, submitted a petition to the Supreme Court (SC) asking the SC to declare this memorandum as unconstitutional...

March 10, 2011

Sa pagdatong kan banal na panahon nin Cuaresma, an Simbahan giraray hinahalat na manumpungan an saiyang Esposo na si Cristo sa saiyang pagkabuhay-liwat. Sa paghalat asin pag-puka kan bilog na simbahan asin komunidad pinapa-orog an pagpamibi, paggibong karahayan asin pagsolsol, tanganing magin makahulugan an bagong buhay na ipinangako kan Kagurangnan duman sa krus.

March 5, 2011

The "war on terror" policy pursued by the past Macapagal-Arroyo administration should be declared as good as dead and should be abandoned by the incumbent President. That policy was based hook, line, and sinker on former U.S. President George W. Bush, Jr.'s neo-conservative theory linking Iraq to the 9/11 bombings. Now, an Iraqi defector who was the primary source of so-called intelligence reports that were used to make a case for Bush's Operation Iraqi Freedom has confessed that he made the whole story up.

March 5, 2011

First off, we wish our men’s national football team, the Azkals, more power—literally—as they battle Mongolia again for the second leg of their duel for the AFC Challenge Cup in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, on March 15.

March 2, 2011

An unusual collection can be found in a castle somewhere in Austria. Called the Schloss Loosdorf, the site was written in the magazine called “The World of Interiors” and shows the Neoclassical structure and its display of shards, or broken ceramic vessels and plates. History saw the castle occupied first by the Nazis and later by the Russians at the end of World War II. The Russian soldiers discovered the prized ceramic collection of the castle and soon they started breaking them, according to the story, and throwing them.

February 27, 2011

25 years since EDSA-1 and it seems that there has been increasing cynicism about it especially with the return to power of the Marcoses.

February 26, 2011

Baynte singkong taon. Halawig nang panahon. Saro na ining henerasyon. Boot sabihon, si mga namundag kan enot na People Power igwa na nin sadiring mga pamilya ngunyan. Boot sabihon, an mga young professionals ngunyan, an mga estudyante sa kolehiyo ngunyan, mga dai pa namundag kan EDSA I. Boot sabihon, saro naman na henerasyon an napara sa kinaban sa laog nin baynte singkong taon.

February 24, 2011

Sorsogon is now a city. I realized that when I went there last week to evaluate a non-governmental organization. With that appellation comes the expectation of a busy place and people with some sort of sophistication in taste. We expect angst in the crowd and pollution around. And yet, the citification of towns and communities are not exactly promotions in status; they are predictions of more problems of all forms.

February 21, 2011

I am of the generation whose motto was, “Don’t trust anyone over 30.” Now that we are well over 30, I must confess that we were probably right.

February 21, 2011

“Magpakamarahay kamo siring na an saindong Ama sa langit marahay.” Sabi kan sarong pulitiko, “Sarong gatos na serbisyo publiko.” Sabi man kan sarong botante, “Sarong gatos na serbisyong mayo sa boot.”

February 16, 2011

Research group Ibon criticizes the government’s new poverty methodology as unreflective of the real situation of poor Filipinos, saying that the adjustments made on the already flawed methodology has further distorted the picture of poverty in the country.

February 16, 2011

It should be remembered that the corruption scandals that involved the Arroyo family were the subject of so many congressional inquiries and were made as basis for the impeachment complaints that were filed against former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. There are already numerous evidences that were gathered. And yet, the Aquino government has not yet demonstrated the political will to run after the Arroyo family.

February 16, 2011

I do not know whether I should be rejoicing that the “Sangkaka” is now “malled.” But I would continue writing and investigating its provenance and temperament the same way I would devote time to Chilean and South African wine. After all, to write about the lowly “Sangkaka” is infinitely more rewarding and gratifying than struggling with the death of a General and the overrating of a day called Valentine’s Day.

February 16, 2011

In last Saturday’s morning basketball in our subdivision in Greenwoods-Pasig, a pañero recounted to me his recent New Year’s drive-date to Bikol with his wife.

February 13, 2011

One of the philosophies behind the K+12 Philippine Education Reform is UNESCO’s claim that education should respond to the crisis in values that afflicts the world today. Education has to seriously deal with issues of morality and spirituality.