Opinion & Analysis


Who is liable for the Mamasapano fiasco?

Philippine Reporter Opinion Survey Question 1: On January 25, 2015, 44 police SAF troopers, 18 MILF fighters, 6 BIFF fighters, and some civilians were killed in the Mamasapano massacre. Who is accountable and/or liable for these deaths? Why? a. President Aquino b. Resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima c. SAF commander Getulio Napenas d. MILF e. 

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What’s your take on the Pope’s PH visit?

Philippine Reporter’s Opinion Survey “I think it’s great that the Pope does a yearly pilgrimage and the people in the Philippines must feel really grateful to have Pope Francis. So I’m not surprised by the large number of people who showed up to greet him. Whether you are Christian or not, it’s an honour to 

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By Rodel Ramos

How we treat our leaders is unkind

Business corporations compensate their executives with lavish salaries, bonuses, stock options, retirement and separation packages to attract the best. In the government, elected and appointed officials are highly paid, have retirement bonuses, well respected and have the power to decide where the billions of dollars in taxes go and what projects and policies to pursue. 

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By Atty. Romulo B. Macalintal

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Way to rid gov’t of ‘ghosts’

Despite earnest efforts of the government to weed out ghost employees in its various agencies, it seems that authorities could not find immediate solution to this nagging problem. In one case, a judge was found collecting the salaries of his court personnel through a special power of attorney (SPA) where he was authorized not only 

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Contributed Photo: Bangsamoro National Movement For Peace and Development

Press freedom or abuse of freedom?

PHILIPPINE REPORTER’S OPINION SURVEY (This issue’s second Opinion Survey conducted by The Philippine Reporter writer and digital journalist Mark A. Cadiz. The first one is about the Pope’s visit to the Philippines. See homepage.) Charlie Hebdo killings and the debate about the freedom of the press vs. abuse of freedom. Where do we draw the 

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Restoring the long-form census will save money, boost the economy and improve our quality of life

Dear editor, Eliminating the long form census was a costly mistake and it’s high time Parliament fix it and restore it by passing Bill C-626. In 2011, Stephen Harper replaced the traditional long form census with a voluntary survey that cost taxpayers more—$22 million more—and produced inferior data. Its numbers were unusable for 25% of 

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A Filipino atheist’s letter to Pope Francis

Dear Pope Francis, As someone who does not believe in the existence of a god, some people might assume that your visit to the Philippines would not matter very much to me. Maybe, to some, it would be just like me walking past a church on a Sunday, bearing momentary witness to the rituals and 

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Memorial to Angeles J. Aureus: Remembering Lola

Extraordinary Mother, Grandmother By Leon B. Aureus (Actor, playwright, director and current Artistic Producer of Carlos Bulosan Theatre – Canada’s longest serving Filipino-Canadian theatre company) Boston Crème donut. As a young boy, when I first bit into my first Boston crème donut, I wondered if the creamy centre should have a slightly greenish tinge and 

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Mama, Grandma, Lola with her brood of three generations

Stubborn for love Proud for family

By David Briscoe For those of you who don’t know me, I am David Chesley Briscoe Jr., who along with Jess Villanueva, was the very first to be brought into this magnificent lady’s family, four decades ago. I speak now in her honor and memory for all of us who have become Aureuses, for those 

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MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan

Statement by MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan On Pakistan school attack

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Pakistan and the Pakistani community here in Scarborough and in Canada. Yesterday’s horrific attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan reportedly killed 132 innocent children and students, nine staff members and wounded hundreds. We are deeply saddened by this loss of so many young lives and 

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