Editorial & Opinion

Headline overload

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Simultaneous newsbreaks triggered the headline overload.

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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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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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“The Age of  Anxiety” is a  poem W. H. Auden wrote in 1947.  It deals with man’s search for meaning in a turbulent world  and won the 1948  Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Leonardo Bernstein thereafter  composed “Symphony No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra.”  Princeton University Press, in 2011, published a new edition of the poem.

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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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Skip the party

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“A traditionalist cardinal with a sense of his own splendor is a magnificent beast, like a mammoth draped in embroidery,” noted the Guardian. But under Pope Francis, “they may become an endangered species.”

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