Juan L. Mercado
  • Unnoticed Crisis

    In our national  fixation over  Vice-President  Jejomar Binay’s  crumbling  stature, we overlook a vital ...

    In our national  fixation over  Vice-President  Jejomar Binay’s  crumbling  stature, we overlook a vital concern: In next door Malaysia, the opposition is being subjected to bare knuckle  pressure  by ...

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  • Growth Push Buttons?

    The good news is: Substantial strides were made, in the Philippines and elsewhere, to get more food on ta ...

    The good news is: Substantial strides were made, in the Philippines and elsewhere, to get more food on tables. The bad news is: 805 million people worldwide are chronically undernourished. And levels ...

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  • ‘Pingpong Children’

    They best symbolize the concern of the ongoing synod that ends on Sunday: The “pingpong children” shuttle ...

    They best symbolize the concern of the ongoing synod that ends on Sunday: The “pingpong children” shuttle between separated parents, are trapped in wars, or swept in often chaotic immigration waves. S ...

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  • Line Of Sight

    Most of us are fixated on Vice President Jejomar Binay’s now 15 percent—and still plunging—nosedive in po ...

    Most of us are fixated on Vice President Jejomar Binay’s now 15 percent—and still plunging—nosedive in poll standing as well as on that sprawling P1.2-billion Batangas “hacienda” with an air-condition ...

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  • Cautionary Signal

    Don’t be lulled just yet by the downgrading of El Niño by the Department of Science and Technology. The p ...

    Don’t be lulled just yet by the downgrading of El Niño by the Department of Science and Technology. The peak is just ahead. Beefed-up sustained response for rougher threats in the years to come is mor ...

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  • High-duty Risk

    “If we let this pass, no significant witness will testify… because of fear,” Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiag ...

    “If we let this pass, no significant witness will testify… because of fear,” Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago fumed. She seeks 24-hour police protection for Audit Commissioner Heidi Mendoza who documente ...

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  • Outstanding Example

    Thousands  always admired Ricardo Cardinal Vidal. A gentle pastor, he was  a principled  leader for democ ...

    Thousands  always admired Ricardo Cardinal Vidal. A gentle pastor, he was  a principled  leader for democratic freedoms in a country often skidding into totalitarian rule. Many of us remain in his deb ...

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  • Feedback

    “Chiz, your ‘Heart’ is not in the right place.” Phil Cruz e-mailed that in reaction to “Macabre joke.” Th ...

    “Chiz, your ‘Heart’ is not in the right place.” Phil Cruz e-mailed that in reaction to “Macabre joke.” This Philippine Daily Mirror Sept. 28 column discussed Sen. Francis Escudero’s proposal to bury t ...

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  • Macabre Joke

    Inter the embalmed body of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Sen. Francis ...

    Inter the embalmed body of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Sen. Francis Escudero suggested on, of all days, the 42nd anniversary of the imposition of martial law. Sure ...

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  • Other Prisms

    A different prism on martial law came, over the weekend, from a Filipino who grew up in Argentina. To mar ...

    A different prism on martial law came, over the weekend, from a Filipino who grew up in Argentina. To mark the 42nd anniversary of Marcos’ saving “democracy by bayonets,” Bino A. Realuyo wrote about “ ...

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