Human rights aspects of Poe case

Whether it is the Senate Electoral Tribunal, the Commission on Elections or the Supreme Court deciding the Poe disqualification cases, there are interesting and important legal issues that will have to be resolved. Is a foundling a citizen of the Philippines? Is or she a natural-born citizen? Is a Filipino who renounces his or her …

A good steward of national patrimony

In 1991, the Philippine Senate decided not to renew the US-Philippines Military Bases Agreement that ended American military presence in the country that began nearly a century ago. This and the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo on June 15, 1991 hastened the departure of the American military naval fleet not only from the 262-square-miles Subic Naval …

Miss Goux, a quiet saint

Last week, on Monday, 6 July 2014, a 91-year-old woman silently left the world to be with our Father in heaven. Marie Louise Goux lived a quiet life but her courageous heart, practical wisdom, and gentle whisper formed many women and men to become mature Christians. Just simple Miss Goux to her sisters and brothers …

Beyond the rituals of Holy Week

The Gospel narrative of the Last Supper leading to the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ happened more than two thousand years ago and foretold by prophet Isaiah a thousand years before when he spoke of the “sinless man who will atone for the sins of his people. By his voluntary suffering, he …

Malcolm Hall, a building and more

Engraved in the entrance lobby of Malcolm Hall, the building that houses the University of the Philippines College of Law, are these words from United States Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: “The business of a law school is not sufficiently described when you merely say that it is to teach law, or to make lawyers. It …

Death completes life

I have been thinking about death the whole week. Knowing that November 1 would fall on a Saturday, when this column is regularly published, made the topic attractive to write about. In the past two weeks, death has also visited some people close to me, among them my Ateneo School of Government colleague and friend …

A big but very gentle footprint

Today, 16 September 2014, together with five other remarkable individuals with extraordinary contributions to our national life, the Ateneo de Manila University confers posthumously on Reverend Delbert Rice the 2014 Parangal Lingkod Sambayanan. The university award is in recognition of Pastor Rice’s pioneering efforts in sustainable upland development, agro-forestry, land rights protection, education for indigenous …

Servants, leaders

“Servant-leaders” is a phrase coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, first published in 1970. In that essay, he said: “The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.” This past week, two …

From hell to Galilee

Every year, on Black Saturday, while preparing for an all night Easter Vigil of the Neocatechumenal Way that my wife and I have been attending for more than 25 years now, I always meditate on the “harrowing of hell”, described by one reference as “the triumphant descent of Christ into Hell between the time of …

Beacon of ethical wisdom

Ramon Castillo Reyes, Doc Reyes to generations of Ateneo philosophy students and Filipino philosophy teachers nationwide, passed into eternal life last Friday, January 17, 2014. He went as he lived his good life, quietly and with dignity. But to those of us who were taught and mentored by this philosopher and teacher, knowing we will …