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On Oct. 16-17, 2011, the Carlos P. Romulo Foundation (CPRF), in collaboration with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore, organized the International Forum on the South China Sea at the Manila Polo Club, Makati City. This Forum (attended by retired and active government officials, academics, members of the diplomatic corps and private [...]

Posted on October 19, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Rommel Banlaoi, Voices

PNoy’s response to the PALEA strike is more worrisome than the strike itself. His declaration that it was a form “economic sabotage” could very well speak of an attitude toward contentious politics in general and trade unionism in particular.

Posted on September 30, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Voices

The US was in fact supportive of Oplan Bantay Laya. “While total victory over the CPP/NPA in the foreseeable future remains unlikely, the new campaign could over the next couple of years contribute to improvements on the ground,” Kenney said (Ref ID 06MANILA2777).

Posted on September 1, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Voices

We have what monolingual societies will never have: at least two caches of words to express things that no one language can. Add to that our regional languages, plus Taglish and baklese, and here we are: a people with minds and tongues nimble enough to deploy multiple vocabularies and conceptual frameworks. We can speak to each other and we can speak to the world. But only if we value and learn these languages as best we can.

Posted on August 29, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Carla Montemayor, Voices

The decision of the CCP, under pressure of Government, to close down the exhibit shows that we still have some ways to go to become a fully modern society, if ever.

Posted on August 15, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Charlson Ong, Voices

Even if they deleted their Twitter accounts, Mai Mislang and Manny Pacquiao, both public officials, could always redeem themselves in other platforms and recover from public humiliation with their proximity to authority, media and celebrity. Christopher Lao was a hapless motorist, utterly powerless in the face of a camera and misfortune.

Posted on August 13, 2011   |   CATEGORY: @I_amHolo, Voices

An institution of art has been forced on its knees before the moral guardians. A single belief has silenced all others, in the name of the father, and of the son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Posted on August 12, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Voices

Catholicism, as a multi-national faith of Greco-Roman progeny, made its accommodation with representational art early on and must live with the consequences.

Posted on August 9, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Charlson Ong

Pleasant as the news of the meeting between President Benigno Aquino ||| and MILF Chair Al Haj Murad may be, it comes as no surprise to those familiar with the way the former separatist organization works.

Posted on August 6, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Voices

In the course of a 53-minute speech, the President brandished his metaphorical wang 23 times against the evils of corruption, the sale of second-hand helicopters and the dangers of overpriced caffeine.

Posted on August 1, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Voices

This is #TweetConPH on the RH Bill “storified.” On Wednesday, Newsbreak held a Twitter-based discussion (read: tweetcussion) on the controversial House Bill number 4244, which will be called Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Act of 2011 if passed in Congress.

Posted on July 22, 2011   |   CATEGORY: @I_amHolo, Voices
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