Juan L. Mercado

Truncated memory

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Is a short memory a major flaw in Vice President Jejomar Binay’s P200-million damage suit against the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Ombudsman, plus 11 other officials?

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Restitution

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The Court of Appeals stood pat on its earlier decision affirming Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales’ order: Fire 10 Navy officers linked to the 1995 murder of then 24-year-old Ensign Philip Pestaño.

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An Asian Francis?

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“(AS) FATHER of all, I cannot be wrapped in a political flag” of (my) native Argentina, Pope Francis said.

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Alternative scenarios

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Few Filipinos have visited the Natuna archipelago of Indonesia’s Riau province. It straddles one of the world’s potentially largest gas fields. And over the last two months, Indonesia twice accused Beijing of claiming part of Natuna, reports the South China Morning Post (SCMP).

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Headline overload

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Simultaneous newsbreaks triggered the headline overload.

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Overlooked

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Where should pork barrel scam thieves be jailed? In the bickering, did we overlook “another green revolution that is stirring the world’s paddy fields again” - a revolution prompted by new seeds crafted in Los Baños, Laguna?

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Beggars by choice

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Remember the ancient folk tale of “Juan Tamad”? Today, it is the motif of local government units (LGUs) that prefer the begging bowl to self-reliance.

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Curator of grievances

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Historian Horacio de la Costa, SJ, once noted that, as a nation, we celebrate our defeats as victories. Tomorrow’s nationwide Araw ng Kagitingan rites underscore this insight.

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Wishbone - or backbone?

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Applause is the end and aim of “weak minds,” parliamentarian Edmund Burke once wrote. But it also spurs “noble minds.” That’s tailor-fit for Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

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3-strand rope?

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“A rope of three strands takes some breaking,” a Malay proverb says. Tali lega lembar tak suang-sunang putus. Does that fit a once-unthinkable interfaith gathering, last week, in Kuala Lumpur, after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) disappeared?

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