Gen. Debold Sinas and Sgt. Jonel Nuezca

Ramon J. Farolan - @inquirerdotnet 12/28/2020

What do Gen. Debold Sinas, chief Philippine National Police, and Police Staff Sergeant Jonel Nuezca have in common? Both have a strong and proud sense of entitlement that operates in an environment of impunity. Under this combination…

Dream statement for PNP on Tarlac double murder

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 12/28/2020

The police uniform has once again been tarnished by a reprehensible incident involving one who wears it. Police Staff Sergeant Jonel Nuezca shot dead two civilians, Sonya Gregorio and her son Frank Anthony Gregorio, in Tarlac over…

‘What keeps you going?’

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 12/27/2020

The eldest of my granddaughters, Julia, whose early childhood exploits filled quite a few of my columns many years ago, surprised me with a question over lunch the other day. “Lolo, what keeps you going?” I was…

Millions are suffering this Christmas

Solita Callas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 12/26/2020

Reader, how was your Christmas celebration? How did COVID-19 make it different from your previous Christmases? I am almost ashamed to say that for me and mine, there wasn’t that much difference. Simbang Gabi, for example, I…

To be a helper

Hyacinth Tagupa - @inquirerdotnet 12/25/2020

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” This line from the late…

Grand disarray

Philippine Daily Inquirer 12/24/2020

The Philippines last week became the lone country in the world to mandate the use of face shields, supposedly to help temper the dreaded surge in COVID-19 cases after the Christmas and New Year holidays, when friends…

Social cleansing

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 12/23/2020

That observer of revolutions, the Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski, famously observed, “When is a crisis reached? When questions arise that can’t be answered.” There is a truism that in our country, the public respects and admires the…

Defeminizing retail?

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 12/22/2020

No doubt about it: The whole world is seeing a very different Christmas this year. There is at least one reason to believe that women may be harder hit on a more permanent basis by all the…

Starry, starry night

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 12/22/2020

Astronomy fans eagerly awaited the appearance of the so-called Christmas Star or Star of Bethlehem on December 21, 2020, which coincidentally is my natal day. On this day, Jupiter and Saturn appeared closer to each other. It…

Christmas with the virus

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 12/21/2020

It’s a Christmas season stripped of a large part of the rituals of merriment we’ve grown used to during our lives. The multiple parties, caroling children, firecracker noise, the retreat to our provincial roots, and even the…

Whatever gets us through Christmas

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 12/20/2020

The title of this column is inspired by John Lennon’s 1974 No. 1 single “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night.” I have learned that he himself picked up this line from a black televangelist, Reverend Ike, who,…

So who really dropped the ball?

Solita Callas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 12/19/2020

The recent brouhaha about somebody “dropping the ball” with regard to getting 10 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine by end January hasn’t gotten the public attention it deserves. Maybe this is because government authorities—the executive, the…

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