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Seniorship, politics, and the call to holiness

Last September 21, feastday of Saint Matthew, the tax-collector called by our Lord to be an Apostle, I joined the ranks of senior citizens—while...

The Ghost Month of August

Am writing this on National Heroes’ Day, which is also the penultimate day of the month, and I cannot help considering that, for reasons...

Memorization

Senator Pacquiao’s jocular response to the relatively recent presidential barb calling him “punch-drunk”—Makipag-contest ako ng memorization—could have triggered not just a few snickers of...

Government as structure and process

At some point, because of the division of the study of the Constitution into two courses, most law students would come to realize that...

Palawan non-trivia

Am writing this on a Saturday, June 12, which is of course Philippine Independence Day, and the occasion makes me wax historical.  Since this...

Last-term doldrums

Many third-term politicians probably experience what I wanted to call “third-term blues”; but since the phrase happens to be the title of an old...

Words

Following the link from her tweet, I happily got to watch a lecture delivered recently at the University of Chicago by Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer...

Postmortem for RA 11259

As all Palaweños should know by now, RA 11259 (An Act Dividing the Province of Palawan into Three Provinces) was roundly rejected in the...

Anatomy of “an idea whose time has come”

It may sound slightly ungrammatical because the word “whose” requires a person as subject; but the literary giant Victor Hugo has been famously translated...

V-Day ruminations

Valentine’s Day was never really observed, much less celebrated, in our family; neither with my only sibling and our dear departed parents, nor with...

Señor Santo Niño, 500YOC, and the virtue of Hope

In its strict sense, Christian Hope is the theological “virtue” (stable disposition or habitual inclination) of desiring Heaven (eternal happiness in union with God) and trusting in God’s help to get there.  Thus, Hope is not concerned with just any temporal good (e.g., an end to the Covid pandemic) but with the ultimate purpose of human existence: the “one thing necessary” of the Gospel (because everything else is only of relative importance [cf. Lk 10:42]).  Hope concerns the salvation offered by Christianity, i.e., one’s enjoying the benefits of the redemption accomplished by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Dynasty vs. Family

The framers of the 1987 Constitution wisely left it to congress to define these terms, as the need may vary from time to time.  Thus, understandably, in an online study published by the Ateneo School of Government (spearheaded by its Dean, Dr. Ronald Mendoza), “political dynasty” is simply members of the same family (identified by the same “family name”) holding elective office: “Thin dynasties” are those where the relatives succeed each other in office (sunod-sunod); while “fat dynasties” are those where members of the same family hold various elective offices simultaneously (sabay-sabay).  Interestingly, the same study found that, at present, 80% of Governors, 68% of Vice-Governors, and 67% of Congressmen belong to “fat dynasties” (From Fat to Obese: Political Dynasties after the 2019 Midterm Elections, Ateneo School of Government Working Paper Series, September 2019).