President B. S. Aquino 3rd’s strong words in Boston, while recalling
his father’s three year- medical furlough there, and his assassination
at the Manila international airport upon his return on August 21, 1983,
compel me to reveal for the first time a conversation I had with Ninoy
Aquino at Harvard in the summer of 1982.
ONLY three out of 10 Filipinos, or less than 29 percent, believe in the
Aquino administration’s principle of tuwid na daan (straight path),
according to a survey by Pulse Asia that was reported on Monday.
I’ve been a big critic of opinion surveys, especially when newspapers
report them as banner headlines—a practice not just done anywhere else
in the world. The reason is that while opinion polls are legitimate
research tools, to mystify their findings as “the voice of the people”
or as representing objective truth is to utterly misunderstand what they
Apologies to my readers who don’t like the use of street lingo, but
that was the Filipino word that immediately entered my mind when I read
yesterday that Budget Secretary Florencio Abad’s home province of
Batanes, his fiefdom, got P133 million from the unconstitutional
Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Human resources are the greatest wealth a country can have. The
manpower, the skills and talent, the resources and wealth they can
produce and the ideas they can create can make a nation rich and
progressive. Natural resources can only be turned into wealth if there
is manpower and their ideas to turn them into finished products and
WASHINGTON: Adults who are extremely obese may cut their lifespans by up
to 14 years because they have increased risk of cancer, heart disease,
stroke, diabetes and kidney and liver diseases, according to a US study
out on Tuesday.