This letter was printed in the February 21, 2016 issue of the Inquirer: Our lawmakers are currently debating on whether to reimpose the death penalty or not. Pro-reimposition proponents argue that the death penalty deters the commission of crimes. But if Fyodor Dostoyevsky were alive today he would probably say that our lawmakers are very […]

This letter to the editor appeared in the January 23, 2016 issue of the Inquirer. This refers to the Inquirer’s Jan. 14 editorial (“Freedom of Informed Choice,” Opinion) which lauds President Duterte’s executive order directing certain government departments to implement the Reproductive Health Act. It also mentioned the Catholic Church as opposing the passing of […]

I would like to make a commentary on the December 1, 2016 Inquirer editorial “26 New HIV Cases daily”. The article stated: “The Catholic Church shares the responsibility for abetting the HIV/AIDS crisis, with its continued condemnation of condom use because — as its bishops have said repeatedly, the prophylactic might be used by couples […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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; […]