Part of the problem

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CERTAIN events have the capacity to capture the complexities and contradictions of a situation that should not have been allowed to happen in the first place, but which, having occurred nevertheless, was not even being addressed, and had been allowed to fester beyond human endurance.

The suicide of a 16-year old freshman student of the University of the Philippines Manila is one such event, jolting the otherwise complacent into the realization that not only has someone who could have contributed much to this country and its people if given the chance been lost. Many more like her are also, at this very moment, experiencing the same despair and helplessness in a society that claims to value knowledge but skimps in investing in it.

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Our father

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IN RESPONSE to the Bacolod diocese’s hanging up a streamer urging voters to reject those candidates for the Senate whom it referred to as “Team Patay” (The Death Team) for voting for the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10354), or the RH bill, a text message supposedly from a group called Buklod ng Malayang Pilipino (Unity of Free Filipinos) has accused five priests of the diocese of siring children.

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Schoolboy government

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SENATOR Joker Arroyo once described the Aquino government as the equivalent of a college student council. He was wrong. It’s more like a high school student council, and not only because at its core is the barkada system. It’s also because of its total cluelessness about the history and interests of its constituents, its sheer inability to deal with anything approximating a crisis, and worst of all, its lack of imagination.

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Gall

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DISSOCIATING himself from the Marcos dictatorship he had served even before the declaration of martial law in 1972, Juan Ponce Enrile told an interviewer in 1986 that the Marcos administration of which he had been a part since 1965 faked the “ambush” on his car that Ferdinand Marcos used as his immediate excuse for placing the entire country under martial law. In 2012 Enrile denied he ever said so, and declared instead that the “ambush” was not faked; it had merely been “staged.”

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