Respect Tubbataha

Few men in our world’s history have been as revered as Theodore Roosevelt, former president of the United States. The man known for his range of interests and love for nature had left this inspiring quote on preserving our national heritage: “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history […]

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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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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 to […]

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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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A Lesson from the Superpower

While most people are either mourning the deaths of the recent earthquake in the Philippines, or being anxious for the unveiling of the new iPad in a week’s time, they become oblivious that the most rational emotion to feel right now is to worry. Why worry? October 17 is a date that looms, while that […]

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Decoding Mike Arroyo

They  say that ‘behind every successful woman is a meek little man’. During the era of the Arroyo presidency that seemed to be the case; as her wife Gloria Arroyo swooped to power and was continuously ranked among the most powerful women in the world, Mike appeared to be the modest husband who kept himself […]

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The Shutdown and What Looms Ahead

The world’s largest economy and most viable superpower is paralyzed, and the ongoing political bickering and partisan clamor are not helping. For the first time since 1995, the US government has failed to pass a spending budget. Effectively, federal workers are unable to be paid therefore services ran by the Federal government – save the […]

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Need for Weed

Twenty years ago, narcotics were a taboo. Some would argue that it still is now, but evaluating the attitude people have on them today compared to the ’90s it can be said that the public have taken a liberal shift in their perception of these drugs. Of course US Schedule I drugs such as heroin […]

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The Dog in the Manger

One of my favorite Aesop’s fables growing up was the anecdote of the dog in the manger. It was not only the curious caricature on the cover page that made it memorable for me, but the underlying moral lesson of the story in general. Imagine a mongrel enclosed in a holding pen, unable to roam […]

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The Calm Before the Storm

This June, the Philippines was ranked first in the world in terms of storm-related fatalities for the second consecutive year. The year 2012 left the nation with the highest number of storm casualties anywhere in the world, the same was true in 2011 as well. The previous year, Filipinos endured Typhoon ‘Sendong’ which left 1,257 […]

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