Commentary

A look at Congressman Prospero Nograles

President Arroyo’s bet for House speaker is Prospero Nograles, the representative of Davao City. Nograles successfully caused the arrest and detention of a Davao City journalist, who rots in jail until today. More on Nograles’ libel case here. Bayan in Southern Mindanao notes that he has morphed from being a human rights lawyer during the […]

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Are you ready for Microsoft-Yahoo?

Analysts and journalists are falling all over themselves in taking a look at what a successful Microsoft buyout of Yahoo will mean. Take this Associated Press article which asks some good questions. Yahoo employees are worried. PC World takes a step ahead by listing what services of both MSN and Yahoo will be allowed to […]

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Text power and People Power

In commemoration of People Power 2, I am posting here a copy of my contribution to a still-unpublished youth compendium of articles on the event. I wrote this piece way back in 2002 (or 2003?). It deals with the use of technology in Edsa 2 and succeeding events. I hope to see you tomorrow, Jan. […]

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Protests kill ‘text tax’ monster

Less than a day after our texters’ revolt, Malacanang has backed off. The text tax is dead. Truly, this is a sweet victory for consumers. Consumers rejoice as Palace ‘backs off’ on text tax Consumer group TXTPower applauded the scrapping of a proposed text tax, less than a day after it waged a “texters revolt” […]

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Alternative views on the UP Centennial

The University of the Philippines administration is trying to hide something or many things when it says that the university’s centennial celebrations should be apolitical. Yes, don’t make a mistake about it, something’s rotten and its being shoved under the red carpet. But no one can’t miss the elephant(s) in the room. For some incisive […]

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List of Metro Manila Film Festival 2007 winners

Sen. Jinggoy Estrada (Katas ng Saudi) and Maricel  Soriano (Bahay Kubo) were chosen best actor and actress for roles they essayed in two entries to the Metro Manila Film Festival 2007. Cesar Apolinario, a reporter for GMA-7, won as best director for “Banal”, his directorial debut, while “Resiklo” won as best picture. Inquirer.net also reports […]

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Obama wins in Iowa, trounces Hillary

I’ve also been quietly following the quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, and I am amazed by the outcome of the Iowa caucuses which resulted in a big and decisive win for Barack Obama. Watch Obama’s victory speech here or watch the YouTube video below: Hillary Clinton placed third — after erstwhile vice presidential candidate […]

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Mabuhay ang OFWs!

Thanks to MonRam for giving inspiration for my story today. Government has announced rosy statistics especially the $8.6 billion surplus in the balance of payments. In fact, the government may owe this entire amount not to its economic management team or to its incessant borrowings. The economy was saved in 2007 by our OFWs. Yes, […]

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CJA used to silence UST’s Hiraya student paper

Reading this special report published by the venerable Varsitarian of the University of Santo Tomas brought me back to the years I was with the College Editors Guild of the Philippines. In this case of the Hiraya, official student publication of UST’s college of fine arts, the college dean uses the Campus Journalism Act or […]

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