Editorial & Opinion

Huge embarrassment

User Rating:  / 0

The alleged money laundering involving a local bank and casinos is becoming a huge embarrassment to the Philippines, it being just a part of what is described as the biggest modern cybertheft in the world, worth $1 billion.

Read more: Huge embarrassment

Treasured islands

User Rating:  / 1

As though we needed convincing, Conde Nast Traveler has declared our Palawan the best island in the world, and also included our other beauties, Boracay and Cebu, in the “best” list. Filipinos are quite accustomed to having our islands gushed over, natural beauty being one of the country’s plus factors - and, sadly, one of the things easily taken for granted.

Read more: Treasured islands

To the debate

User Rating:  / 1

Unlike other electorates with directly elected presidents, Filipino voters have limited experience with the presidential debate. In France and in the United States, for instance, debates featuring presidential candidates are not only par for the course; they are, to shift metaphors, part of the course itself.

Read more: To the debate

The Pope in America

User Rating:  / 3

With his recent visit to the United States, Pope Francis has brought his message of social equality, concern for the marginalized, the perils of unbridled capitalism, and greater responsibility for climate change to, arguably, the nation that most needs to hear it.

Read more: The Pope in America

Let there be light

User Rating:  / 1

An encouraging and enduring image from last week’s Apec meetings in Manila was that of Filipino engineer Aisa Mijeno holding her own in a lively panel with US President Barack Obama and Alibaba founder Jack Ma, as they discussed SMEs (small and medium enterprises) and the private sector’s role in mitigating climate change.

Read more: Let there be light

Make it redundant

User Rating:  / 1

The recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum on women provides enough reason to rejoice. Highlighted was women’s crucial role in fostering sustainable and inclusive growth in the region, described by Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo thus: “In 2012, it was estimated that up to $89 billion could be added to the regional economy when barriers to women’s economic participation are eliminated.”

Read more: Make it redundant

Paris Light

User Rating:  / 1

The words of a survivor of the brutal attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris describe the horror in nausea-inducing detail. “It looked like an abattoir. I was wading through blood. It was a centimeter deep in places. I had to clamber over dead bodies to get out,” Michael O’Connor told the BBC.

Read more: Paris Light

Torre de Rizal, or Insulting the national hero

User Rating:  / 1

It is a mistake to think that our generation would know Jose Rizal’s wishes better than the revolutionary generation he inspired and which erected his monument. Rizal did write that he wanted only a simple tombstone to mark his grave - but he wrote that at a time when the Spanish continued to rule the Philippines.

Read more: Torre de Rizal, or Insulting the national hero

Encouraging ruling

User Rating:  / 1

The very first line of the preamble of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) makes clear what the agreement is all about: “Prompted by the desire to settle, in a spirit of mutual understanding and cooperation, all issues relating to the law of the sea…”

Read more: Encouraging ruling

Time to resign

User Rating:  / 1

Unfortunately for us less ambitious citizens who have absolutely no plan to run for public office, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has ruled as “not engaged in premature campaigning” those annoying politicians who invade our leisure hours with their ubiquitous TV ads, spoil our strolls with tarpaulins where their smiling visage wish everyone a happy fiesta, or despoil the peaceful countryside with their noisy rallies, motorcades and political sorties “to feel the pulse of the masses.”

Read more: Time to resign

The Filipino Express

2711 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07306 USA.

Phone: 201 434-1114
Fax: 201 434-0880

www.filipinoexpress.com
E-mail: Filexpress@aol.com

Who's Online

We have 347 guests and no members online