Author: Sonny Pulgar

SET-UP

Had the 2004 elections been computerized and not conducted in what observers then called the archaic system of manual counting, today’s allegations of cheating and rigging would simply be baseless. It is disturbing (but...

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PINOY NETWORKING

Recently, when I e-mailed a long-lost friend who is now based in America, he asked me how life is today in his old Philippines. He told me he hasn’t been here for the last 30 years. Of course he told me that he is kept...

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TRANCHE DE VIE

This year is the 25th anniversary of my lawyering. Not a single day interrupted my continuous trial life as an attorney. While I had my foray in government service for six years, the law did not forbid from practicing  my...

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simple life

That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. Henry David Thoreau US Transcendentalist author (1817 – 1862) Hands down, there is no debate that we live in a poor country. In Quezon, we have meager resources....

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RETURN ON RATE BASE

Return on Investment (ROI) is the old formula of computing how much an investor gets from his investment where we look at the quotient of net income over total capital. The higher the ROI, the profitable the business. But this...

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The Bohol and Quezon Tragedies

THE BOHOL AND QUEZON TRAGEDIES In this world there are two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst – OSCAR WILDE They could have been averted if not their...

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Skewed Priorities

There is enough in the world for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed (Frank Buchman (1878-1961), U.S. evangelist. Remaking the World (1947). In the January 10, 2005 issue of the Philippine Star, it...

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Paang Bundok

Paang Bundok is a child’s paradise. While his city counterpart has the Paraiso ng Batang Maynila, the kid from Paang Bundok has that entire Eden all to himself. Paang Bundok is nestled at the foot of an unnamed hill in...

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Cursum Perficio

This phrase which literally means “I completed the course” or “I finished the race”, was found etched in one bench marble in the mansion of Marilyn Monroe shortly after she was found dead of apparent drug...

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Please Help Quezon

Privatized Intelligence And Discretionary Funds Annually, the local chief executive has the calamity fund, the gender fund, the intelligence fund, and the fun funds (the 20% development fund parlayed at the unfettered discretion...

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Sins of Local Government Units (LGUs)

In the early 60s,  the clamor then was the emasculation of the Executive branch insofar as fund support for local governments is concerned.  It was then the heyday of Imperial Manila where one saw the spectacle of local...

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Gusot Mayaman

“Just as Buddhas are covered with gold, so people want fine clothing” (Chinese proverb).   In 1997, I started changing my Barong Tagalog wardrobe from the Santana of the 90s to the Gusot Mayaman of the 2000s. Of...

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Jueteng and Pork Barrel

JUETENG Did you know that jueteng has been with us for the last 100 years? Some historians may dispute this, as some kind of lottery was already mentioned by Jose Rizal in one of his writings. And when you say circa Rizal, you...

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Polly Pobeda

He now belongs to the league of icons that never grow old. His picture will always remind us that he’s all that: irreverent, unorthodox, fashionable, incisive, humorous, and naughty. To die at thirty five is duplicative of...

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