HERE'S THE SCORE
The string about to snap; Media in dire crisis
by Teodoro C. Benigno - May 6, 2005 - 12:00am
The floodwaters are rising almost up to her knees. And yet we have a president who seemingly sees nothing, hears nothing, says nothing, not even the ticking of a bomb just beside her. Even the International Herald...
People I’ve met
by Teodoro C. Benigno - May 4, 2005 - 12:00am
(Third of a series) The late Angel Baking rings no big bell today in intellectual and academic circles. But in the ’50s, his was probably the greatest mind that came out of academe. He was a simple man given...
People I’ve met: Second of series
by Teodoro C. Benigno - April 29, 2005 - 12:00am
No, I don’t think even a third or fourth of my readers remember Teodoro F. Valencia, in his day the most colorful journalist around with a big mouth, a bigger ego, a stand-up talker of the purest gab there ever...
People I’ve known
by Teodoro C. Benigno - April 27, 2005 - 12:00am
(First of a series) Tempus fugit, time flies very fast indeed. And I figured the best way to stall it was simply to stay in place and recollect the interesting people I’ve met in a lifetime of journalism. Interesting?...
Tiger by the tail; Debate; Church backs out
by Teodoro C. Benigno - April 25, 2005 - 12:00am
The government may not know it, but it has, or could have a tiger by the tail in cracking down on two entertainment celebrities for alleged tax evasion. Tax evasion? There are thousands of highly prominent names...
Pope Benedict XVI: What’s in a name?
by Teodoro C. Benigno - April 22, 2005 - 12:00am
Controversy, that’s what. If Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had chosen to be named Pope John Paul III after his predecessor instead of Pope Benedict, today’s stinging criticism would have been muted and the...
So we muddle along (2)/Susan Roces won’t bite
by Teodoro C. Benigno - April 18, 2005 - 12:00am
In a previous column, we cried uncle. We vacated our ringside seat where we surveilled all the follies of our society and declared outright we had committed even the more egregious folly of predicting a social volcano...
So we muddle along / Boxing: Pacquiao and Tyson
by Teodoro C. Benigno - April 15, 2005 - 12:00am
Time there was when we really believed a social explosion was imminent, that the nation would shake, its unbelievably corrupt leaders would scramble to the exits and – voila! – the dreams of our dead heroes...
Kick out the scoundrels / GMA playing with truth / Japan, China gouge-out
by Teodoro C. Benigno - April 13, 2005 - 12:00am
Oh what a tangled web they weave when first they practise to deceive, was what we virtually said when the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) embraced Burma as a full member in the early 90s. This columnist...
Background on Papacy: The Age of Faith
by Teodoro C. Benigno - April 11, 2005 - 12:00am
The breadth, the sweep, the pageantry of Pope John Paul’s death have so mesmerized us, swept us to heights of exaltation we remain in a daze, unable to shake off the impact of this man and the Church he represents....
Pacquiao apologizes; Military surveils ‘Enemy’
by Teodoro C. Benigno - April 8, 2005 - 12:00am
To his credit, Manny Pacquiao called up mid-morning Wednesday to apologize, really and truly eat humble pie, admit there was no excuse for what he had committed – stand this writer up last Saturday while his...
A transcending Pope/ Susan will not budge/ Pacquiao unraveled
by Teodoro C. Benigno - April 6, 2005 - 12:00am
All the great men of our epoch have come and gone with the exception of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela and Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Mahatma...
John Paul II is dead / Pacquiao: bad manners
by Teodoro C. Benigno - April 4, 2005 - 12:00am
There was one last faltering light in his eyes, and then he died. This was the man the Italians call Il Papa, the Pope, John Paul II to the rest of the world, certainly the most revered if not storied man of this...
The GMA tumble/ The Schiavo fumble
by Teodoro C. Benigno - April 1, 2005 - 12:00am
This was the moment I was scared of. But even when it came, the shivers crawled on my skin. The future, already bleak, dark and dismal, looked even more so as the Pulse Asia presidential survey came out toting an...
Pacquiao: Post-mortem/ Disturb, question, challenge
by Teodoro C. Benigno - March 28, 2005 - 12:00am
Why they call prizefighting "the sweet science" has me discombobulated, I suppose I will never know. It is a science, that’s for sure, but hardly ever sweet. The right half of Manny Pacquiao’s...
Pacquiao upset; Garcia finally in dock
by Teodoro C. Benigno - March 21, 2005 - 12:00am
We Filipinos built up Manny Pacquiao too much that when he lost by decision to Mexico’s Erik Morales, we were all startled and stunned, unable to understand how our super-ringster could lose what we thought...
Susan Roces, yo!
by Teodoro C. Benigno - March 18, 2005 - 12:00am
Columnists like me are drawn to major events like the war in Iraq, the tsunami in South Asia, the macabre killing of 23 Abu Sayyaf terrorists, the whys and wherefores of a Philippine society gone gadawful goofy....
Stray reminiscences
by Teodoro C. Benigno - March 14, 2005 - 12:00am
Our piece on Carmen Rosales, odd or accidental as it may have appeared (we are a political columnist, remember?) in this space, struck a lodestone of response and reaction. The majority of our readers didn’t...
Where’s our pride? People Power everywhere
by Teodoro C. Benigno - March 11, 2005 - 12:00am
Aha, that latest knife-wound inflicted by PERC (Political and Economic Risk Consultancy Ltd.) that the Philippines is the second most corrupt country in Asia has ripped a huge wound in our underbelly. And our pride....
Gagging the media / Carmen Rosales, yoh!
by Teodoro C. Benigno - March 7, 2005 - 12:00am
If it’s true that Lt. Gen. Edilberto Adan would now deprive the whole of media interviews with so-called terrorists, then this man is guilty of disservice to the Republic. He should be stripped of his stars...
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