Assault on reason

A little past eight in the evening of February 3, 2011, a group of plainclothes policemen raided a high-end relaxation spa in the Metrowalk Ortigas Center on Meralco Avenue. Clients on massage tables heard shouts from the outside—“Dapa, dapa!” One man sweating alone inside the dry sauna, shouted at by one of the policemen—“Nagtatago ka, ’no?”—left the sauna to join the six other men sitting along the hallway. He thought it was a holdup. It never occurred to him that the spa was in any fashion illegitimate. When he asked a woman who stood in the hallway speaking into a police radio, she told them it was a raid.
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Feb 20, 2011 under General, Opinions | 3 comments

In the kingdom of the Wiki King

The debates were fierce during the 1987 drafting of the Philippine Constitution. In defining state policies for the protection of the family, especially with regard to the unborn child, Catholic conservatives campaigned for wording that would protect the unborn from “the moment” of conception.

It was the word “conception” that proved troublesome for the commissioners. When did life begin? In the absence of a consensus, the commissioners decided to leave it to science, and concluded with what reads now as Section 12. The State shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception.
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Aug 22, 2010 under General | 1 comment

Welcome to bedlam

Chief Justice Reynato Puno believes that there is a need for a “moral force” in the country. He believes himself to be a catalyst, and is calling on “moral leaders” who can be found in “all cross sections of society” to form “a broad coalition” and act as “watchdogs for morality.”

“They will be our moral stewards; they will always remind us that every moral decision has its cost so that we can translate all these standards of morality, or our principles, into definitive actions.” All that is necessary, he says, “is for this moral force to be more manifest, more visible, to be more active in playing its role as the moral ballast against misfeasance and malfeasance in both public and private sectors.”
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Jan 18, 2009 under General | no comment

In the line of duty

This is what happened one night in October.

Thirty-year-old Central Bank employee Ivy Maria Cinco was walking down the parking lot of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. along Roxas Boulevard at the corner of Dr. Quintos Street. It was 2:30 in the morning when a man on a motorcycle swung past Cinco and her 51-year-old companion Bruce Miller. Cinco said the man attempted to grab her bag. The bag contained over P30,000 in cash and valuables. Miller and Cinco wrestled for the bag. There was shouting, and grappling, and the pounding footsteps of Pagcor’s security guards. The man on the motorcycle was arrested; his 9mm service pistol was confiscated. His name is Abraham Mamicao, police officer 2 from Lardizabal Street in Sampaloc, currently assigned to the Manila Police District Station 9.
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Oct 26, 2008 under General | no comment