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Public Morality and Morality

My attention was recently caught by a Supreme Court (SC) decision penned by Justice Bienvenido L. Reyes in January 2015. It seemed to me that it was based on flawed reasoning or that it even lacked any basis or reason. The case is about Cheryll Santos Leus who was “hired by St. Scholastica’s College Westgrove […]

National Symbols

From the December 16, 2016 issue of the Inquirer: There is something odd about the conflict between the people who oppose the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani and those who support it, more specifically President Duterte. Those against claim Marcos is not a hero and so he […]

Civic Friendship

Given the general atmosphere of the Philippines these days, I was prompted to write this letter to the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The paper published it October 18, 2016. Some 2,300 years ago, Aristotle wrote in his Nichomachean Ethics: “Friendship seems to hold states together and lawgivers to care more for it than for justice.” Aristotle […]

Committed to Defend a Commitment

The Philippine Daily Inquirer printed a letter I sent to the Editor. Thanks to the Editorial Board for this. I will post that letter here. However, the editors removed a paragraph, which I will also include here. I revised it a little bit also. I was not intending to pass a judgment of the Editors; […]

A Compendium of Virtues

We’re in the month of May. In some countries like the Philippines, people still observe some traditions during this month to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ: pilgrimages, processions, offering of flowers and praying the Rosary. The Philippine Daily Inquirer published a letter I sent them. It is quite timely because it talks about […]

Disciples of Discipline

I’m posting a letter I wrote to the Inquirer which they printed April 13, 2016. This refers to the Inquirer editorial on the fires that hit Mt. Apo (“Mt. Apo in flames,” Opinion, 4/3/16). Although the article focused on the incident of the forest fire possibly caused by some campers, it also mentioned the lack […]

Memory and History

The Inquirer’s Dec. 13 editorial ended with these words: “Impoverished indeed is a nation that does not remember, and does not ensure that its future generations will be more than just a blank slate.” The editorial advocated the writing of the stories of World War II veterans and passing them on to future generations. Indeed, […]