Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Norman Sison

I haven’t bid Norman goodbye properly and I feel bad about it. Norman is a very good writer and it was a privilege for VERA Files to have him as one of our writers. When young writers inquire about contributing feature stories for VERA Files, a group that publishes in- depth and feature stories, I […]

March 28, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: General, Vera Files  No Comments

Dominant thoughts re Edsa One: We wasted it

Edsa30 celebration has revived memories of that important event in our history as a freedom-loving people. From the recollections, one can glean a deep sense of disappointment, of our failure not to have used our regained freedom into building genuine democracy- wherein people would have the opportunities to pursue their dreams of a better life. […]

February 25, 2016   Posted in: Cory Aquino, General  12 Comments


It has been 30 years since that one shining moment in Philippine history when the people came together to put an end to tyranny. As Che Francisco, a colleague in Ang Pahayagang Malaya, remarked , “Parang kelan lang.” On this day, Feb. 24, we, in Malaya were covering the fast-changing events non-stop. I was sleeping […]

February 24, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: Cory Aquino, General, Military  12 Comments

Doble ‘gudtime’

At the Mercury Drugstore the other day, I overheard two senior citizens discussing about the President’s veto of the P2, 000 peso a month increase for members of the Social Security System. One was telling the other about the commentaries of DZMM’s Ted Failon which she fully agreed. “Bakit nila binigyan ang sarili nila ng […]

January 22, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: General, Governance  35 Comments

Grounding lessons

Second day of the year 2016, I was pulled to the ground – a much needed lesson, courtesy of a bus conductor. Last Saturday, I took a Ceres bus to Iloilo from our province in Antique to take my flight back to Manila. As I was gathering my baggage upon arriving at the bus terminal […]

January 5, 2016   Posted in: General, Travel  6 Comments

Sorry for the general statement about education in the provinces

I made a terrible mistake in my column last Monday. In my article on Ronald Gadayan, the NAIA janitor who returned to the owner a pouch he found while he was cleaning the departure area in September 2012 containing some P2.4 million cash and valuables, I wrote about his concern about his children’s education. Being […]

December 11, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: General  16 Comments

Remember the honest NAIA janitor?

If you are intelligent and rich, there is no problem about getting the education you desire. If you are poor but intelligent and have good grades, there are opportunities to higher education given by the government and private institutions. But if you are poor and do not have good grades (there are many factors involved […]

December 7, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: General  15 Comments

Pagcor’s 12 days of Pamaskong Handog

What better way to break the stressful stories in the political scene – the Comelec 2nd division disqualification of frontrunner Grace Poe as presidential candidate in the May 2016 elections and the cursing of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who has also filed his certificate of candidacy for president as substitute for a candidate that […]

December 5, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: General  5 Comments

Manicani: A tough little island

By Ellen T. Tordesillas, VERA Files Manicani today hardly bears signs of the havoc wrought by supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) a year ago. Color is back on this 11.7-square-kilometer island of 3,000 people in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, which was a harrowing picture of destruction only 12 months ago after Yolanda ferociously battered it for […]

November 19, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Disasters, General  2 Comments

Mauled cabbie won’t file case vs TV host

By ELLEN TORDESILLAS, VERA Files The taxi driver mauled by a TV5 host has decided not to press charges after the latter apologized. TJ Ballega Villanueva, son of cabbie Edward Villanueva, 49, of World Taxi, said his father and Irish-Filipino Daniel Marsh, one of the hosts of TV5’s documentary-style reality show “Juan Direction,” met on […]

July 30, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: General  One Comment