Opinion

What makes an officer and a gentleman/lady?

Opinion What makes an officer and a gentleman/lady? Retired US Army Gen. Colin Powell, the first ever black secretary of state, passed away on Monday (Manila time) due to complications from COVID-19. Before his retirement from military service, Powell was the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the …

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The autumn of the Marcos dictatorship

Opinion The autumn of the Marcos dictatorship I grew up in a military base, safely tucked away from the horrors of Marcos’ martial law. I would only read about it later, when I was already at the university. One of the vivid books about that era includes Jose F. Lacaba’s …

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A desperate defense

Opinion A desperate defense There’s an old saying that goes, “the best defense is a good offense.” This really only applies well in sports or combat, because everywhere else in life, people need to approach things from a mature and multifaceted perspective. In politics, in fact, persistent and relentless offense …

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Amending the Wildlife Protection Act

Opinion Amending the Wildlife Protection Act With the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippines needs to urgently strengthen its 20-year-old Wildlife Protection Act to help stop potential outbreaks. Numerous global scientific studies have shown that most new infectious diseases emerge when pathogens are transmitted from animals to humans – or what we …

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Mateship and Bayanihan: In pursuit of peace

Opinion Mateship and Bayanihan: In pursuit of peace Regular readers of this column will know that this year Australia and the Philippines are celebrating 75 years of formal relations – significant not just due to the number, but because of all we have done together since the first Australian consulate …

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Is Leni the unifying leader our country desperately needs?

Opinion Is Leni the unifying leader our country desperately needs? Vice-President Leni Robredo has always struck me as a decent, caring and sincere person and public servant. In this regard, an Oct. 3 Facebook post by Walden Bello, my former colleague in Congress, impelled me to share my own personal …

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Being Filipino today

Opinion Being Filipino today MADRID – Life is normal here despite the lingering effects of COVID. People are out and life has reverted back as it was in 2019. Businesses are operating at full capacity and tourism is making a comeback. The Spanish economy is starting to operate on all …

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‘Bad’ boys on and off screen

Opinion ‘Bad’ boys on and off screen Actor Jake Cuenca probably thought he was the leading man in an action movie scene when he engaged police forces in a car chase last week. Apparently driving under the influence (of one thing or another), Cuenca bumped a patrol car in Mandaluyong …

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Mighty proud

Opinion Mighty proud It was my first time to use the entire stretch of the Skyway Stage 3 about a month ago. Cruising through the elevated highway, above Makati and Quezon City, with a view of blue skies and fluffy clouds – it seemed like a dream. And indeed about …

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Ubi Boni Tacent Malum Prosperat

Opinion Ubi Boni Tacent Malum Prosperat I apologize for the very personal nature of this column. Long ago when I was in high school, I came across this motto at the National Library which was then at the basement of what is now the National Arts Museum. It is Latin, …

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