SKETCHES
Instant gratification
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - November 16, 2018 - 12:00am
For their own financial health, politicians should join efforts to regulate campaign finance and activities that would clearly constitute campaigning.
Home free?
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - November 14, 2018 - 12:00am
Sure, the former first lady now has “convict” appended to her name. Do we address her as the “honorable convicted member of the House of Representatives (a.k.a. the HOR)”?
Renewable energy
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - November 12, 2018 - 12:00am
Last Monday on my first full day in Iceland, the first snow of the season fell, heralding the start of winter.
Pitch-black
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - November 9, 2018 - 12:00am
My most memorable experience during my visit to this country with spectacular landscape is pitch-black darkness, and the sound of silence.
Tourism as growth engine
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - November 7, 2018 - 12:00am
This country doesn’t have its own armed forces. Its cops have no guns. Citizens can own guns, but the weapons are mostly rifles that are used for hunting.
Lost in translation?
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - November 5, 2018 - 12:00am
In the first weeks of Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency, our Davao-based reporter, who has covered him since his days as mayor, advised our news desk not to take everything he said seriously.
Afterlife
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - November 2, 2018 - 12:00am
Is there life after death? At least once a year, people ponder this question.
‘New politics’
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - October 31, 2018 - 12:00am
He’s all of 29. Several women in our office who watched him in our TV interview weren’t interested in what he told us, but just wanted to know if he is single.
Dynasts
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - October 29, 2018 - 12:00am
A decade ago I asked a Metro Manila mayor about dynasty building. He was then preparing to field one of his sons to succeed him as his three-term limit neared its end.
Comeback for Juan Ponce Enrile?
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - October 26, 2018 - 12:00am
He can recite the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and he’s still a voracious reader, with Bob Woodward’s “Fear: Trump in the White House” his current book of choice.
The landless
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - October 24, 2018 - 12:00am
There are widely divergent versions of why nine members of a farmers’ group were murdered on Saturday night in a sugar plantation in Sagay, Negros Occidental.
Election issues
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - October 22, 2018 - 12:00am
This week the Senate is reportedly set to start deliberations on amending the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law, to ease its impact on consumer prices.
Senior moments
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - October 19, 2018 - 12:00am
Juan Ponce Enrile, who will be 101 years old if he is elected to another six years in the Senate and finishes the term, showed up at the Commission on Elections main office in Intramuros, Manila on Wednesday.
The gov’t we deserve
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - October 17, 2018 - 12:00am
Yesterday’s joke of the day was that those who can’t walk can still run. And that in this country, age is just a number for those seeking elective office.
The applicants
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - October 15, 2018 - 12:00am
For a moment there I thought he might be on fentanyl or kush, with a lot of money to burn.
DOA
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - October 12, 2018 - 12:00am
In the latest Charter change initiative to shift to a federal system of government, public scrutiny has shifted from substance to motive.
Undeterred
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - October 10, 2018 - 12:00am
Rice prices continue to go up. The other day when I bought my month’s supply of 50 kilos, there were also fewer varieties of commercial rice to choose from at my usual outlet. Some folks must be holding on...
Red recruitment
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - October 8, 2018 - 12:00am
It looks like sanity is starting to prevail and government security forces are approaching reports of a supposed plot to oust President Duterte with prudence.
Entitlements
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - October 5, 2018 - 12:00am
Aniceto Bertiz III must be suffering from a terrible case of dysmenorrhea. The ACTS-OFW party-list congressman reportedly landed in the hospital last Wednesday.
Not so merry Christmas
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - October 3, 2018 - 12:00am
In the next few days, a colleague in our newsroom plans to buy sliced ham from Excelente, renowned maker of cooked Chinese hams in Quiapo, Manila.
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