The Ninety-Four Percent

It is almost impossible to name a year in Philippine history without a noteworthy incident happening. It seems as though somehow, every year a controversial event or a tragedy takes place; as exaggerated as that may sound, it is not far from the truth. You may say that Filipinos are used to corruption scandals, natural […]

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Sorry, but You’re Not Sorry

The Middle East has been a volatile region for decades and is certainly no stranger to violence. However, it is rather unfamiliar with apologies – especially from the perpetrators of violence themselves. While tantalizing sand dunes and the majesty of Arabian architecture are regular fixtures in this region, it is unfortunate to add that so […]

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Steep Decline

The week that passed saw the world bidding goodbye to a memorable hero of humanity, Nelson Mandela. The man who was the figurehead in the struggle to end apartheid in Africa and taught his people to live in solidarity regardless of what ever racial difference there may be passed away surrounded by family at the […]

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When a foreign journalist does more to help typhoon victims than their own president, you know something is wrong. In a third world country, a calamity the scale of Typhoon Haiyan would have devastating results – and it did. The scenes in the cities hardest hit by the typhoon were so moving that in less […]

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How Not to React to a Tragedy

Typhoon Hainan was the natural disaster, but the response different individuals and institutions made in the aftermath was the tragedy. It’s time we made that clear. The storm surge that wiped out coastal communities was bad, the fact that majority of the victims came from the lowest-income bracket made it even worse but the social […]

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The Ethics of Looting

Can stealing be ethical? Are there circumstances which can justify theft or is it always wrong? Those questions reverberated in many people’s minds in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation of the Philippines. A category 5-equivalent typhoon which had winds in excess of 315 km/h, surpassing the 1969 Hurricane Camille wind speed of 305 km/h┬áto […]

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Just like the LA Lakers batch of 2002, the country’s flagship airport the Ninoy Aquino International Airport completed its’ own three-peat of sorts – albeit one which is undesirable. For the third straight year, the NAIA Terminal 1 has attained the title of the ‘World’s worst airport’. In a self-deprecating manner, Filipinos tried to inject […]

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Kiram is a Hero to the Moros

Since Janet Napoles and the Pork Barrel scandal has monopolized news content the past few months, most people have become clueless as to who this Sultan news outlets were reporting to have died was. This week the self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III, the sultan who sent his royal army to invade Sabah, succumbed […]

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The Scapegoat

It has been three months and yet the enmity felt by the public towards the immorality of the Priority Development Assistance Fund, informally called the ‘pork barrel’, has not abated. The rage against the misuse of the ‘pork’ as well as the disgraced politicos and private individuals involved in the so-called ‘mother of all scams’ […]

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Theology and Natural Disasters

Am I the only one who doesn’t believe there’s a direct correlation between religion and geology? ┬áBecause that seems to be the case. After a devastating, magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocked the Central Visayas region this week the Filipino people, as always, turned to the most irrelevant angle of the story to scrutinize. Despite the fact […]

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