Heart of a Servant Leader

“The book is about the transformative and dynamic leadership of the holder of the second-highest elective position in the land.” When the history of the Philippines is finally written, long after we have awakened from the nightmare when a pandemic crippled the economy, shut down factories and offices, closed schools and sports venues, and changed …

A Compass for the New Year

“We would have a much better world this year if we heeded the Pope’s words.” For this column, I share Pope Francis Message for the celebration of the 54th World Day of Peace. This was issued on December 8 for an annual commemoration held every first of the New Year. In his message, the Pope …

Bearers of Hope

“2020 was a tough year but I am still grateful for its gifts. 2021 will be a better year.“ In my Saturday column, I quoted Pope Francis saying that thanksgiving was a hallmark of an authentic Christian life: “Above all, let us not forget to thank: If we are bearers of gratitude, the world itself …

To Give and Not to Count the Cost

“The vice president makes difficult tasks seem easy.” “To Give and Not to Count the Cost” is Part 1 of the coffee table book which comprises a collection of published and unpublished articles compiled by Professor Ed Garcia. In this chapter, we find articles by various authors, such as “Leave it to Leni” by Chit …

A Pandemic Year

“We need to inoculate ourselves with a generous dose of hope in humanity and faith in the Creator.” Throughout human history, there have been many calamitous events that have seen a multitude of deaths and widespread destruction. These may be caused by a variety of causes such as cataclysmic natural phenomena, armed conflict, or some …

Simple Gifts This Christmas

The Christmas season evokes a scene of an infant on a manger, with only the child’s parents, Mary and Joseph, and a few shepherds present. The coming of Christ into the world was so simple and unannounced that nobody living that time ever realized the significance of the momentous event. The Son of God was …

Christmas 1942 and 2020

This is the promise of Christmas. War ends. Injustice is not forever. Love wins. Our experience with today’s pandemic can best be compared to the experience of our parents and/or our grandparents when World War 2 came to our islands in December 1942. That was when the Japanese invaded our islands. Fr Roque Ferriols SJ, in …

Universal Support for Justice Leonen

The impeachment complaint filed against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen is devoid of merit and should not be given due course. It is a direct attack on the independence and integrity of the Supreme Court of the Philippines and the whole Judiciary. While I have been critical of the impeachment cases against former Chief …

The “Yes” of Mary and Joseph

The gospel reading on the fourth Sunday of Advent brings us back to the joyful Feast of the Annunciation. The short narration of the event in the Gospel of Luke ends with Mary, in fear and trembling but with determination, assenting to the plan of God: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May …

No to Red-Tagging, Yes to Peace Process

In her complaint for malfeasance and misconduct against government officials who have red-tagged her, Sarah Elago points out how red-tagging or red-baiting, has long been part of the government’s strategy against critics. Indeed, as Nymia Pimentel Simbulan stated in a paper published in 2011, historically, red-baiting in the Philippines has taken many forms including – …