About

Susan “Toots” Ople is the youngest daughter of the late Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas F. Ople. She has a Sunday column in Manila Bulletin’s Panorama Magazine and Tempo and two public service radio programs, “Bantay OFW” at DZXL RMN 558 every Monday to Friday, 12.30-2 pm and “Global Pinoy” at DWIZ 882 every Saturday from 5.30-6.30 pm.
Filipino graduates face tough economy

Filipino graduates face tough economy

It is graduation season in the Philippines, and one can’t help but wax nostalgic about youthful indulgences and daydreams about making it to the top. Unlike Saudi nationals whose own government has made it a mission to “nationalize” the workplace, in the Philippines, the jobless compete not only with each...
After the hoopla, the hard work begins

After the hoopla, the hard work begins

There is absolutely no doubt that the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was a historic milestone, not just for the Philippines, but also for Southeast Asia, if not the world. It took 17 years of on-again...
Human helplessness exposed

Human helplessness exposed

It seems something straight out of a mystery movie. A Malaysian airplane bearing 239 passengers that was bound for China never got there, and has yet to be found, more than a week after it disappeared. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak recently called for a press conference where he announced...
Latest entries

Blame it on the spam!

I like spam in my sandwich, not on my blog. Yet it continues to spread like virus, and every day I have to go over each poker/pharmaceutical/mortgage/college loan-spammed comments, just to obliterate them with a noiseless click. Each time, they come back, with vengeance, preventing legitimate comments — the kind I relish receiving — into...

A hale and hearty chief?

I am glad that the President has recovered from her ailment. However, the headlines that bleated this good news were quite amusing: from Manila Standard: “Hospital room is her work station” with an accompanying front page photo of an animated President with a laptop on her lap; Philippine Star was a little more dramatic: “GMA...

One Voice

Isn’t it about time that Filipinos speak with one voice? Well, a group of us has decided to do just that. One Voice is the name of a new movement composed of concerned citizens who wish to remind all players in the political realm to attend to our people’s needs before their own self-interests. This...

Voice from the past

I’ve been looking for this untitled free verse since the ERAP 5 abduction bit public consciousness. For those who have been instinctively groping for the same poem in light of current events, here it is courtesy of www.everything2.com. First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a...

A tribute to Labor Secretary Patricia Sto. Tomas

Many years ago, Patricia Sto. Tomas entered government service in response to a want ad that the labor department put out on the instructions of then Labor Secretary Blas F. Ople. He was on a personal quest for the best and the brightest to join the department. This recruitment effort was instigated, guided and executed...

Why parents should oppose a fake People’s Initiative

1) It is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has ruled that there is no enabling law on the people’s initiative provision of the Constitution. Even if there is such a law, it is clearly written in the records of the Consultative Commission that People’s Initiative can only be used to amend, not revise, the Constitution. A...

Day of reckoning

A nice birdie told me that Sigaw ng Bayan is set to file its petition with the Comelec within two weeks. SnB won’t do this without the blessing of the enchanted one. Could it be that this road to perdition is being taken because: 1) Pressure is being brought to bear on the kingdom to...

The Omen

I watched this movie remake with my daughter, Estelle. Here are my comments: 1. Beware! The popcorn in Greenhills Promenade Theater is tasteless and unlike other theaters, they don’t have BTB. 2. The Omen remake is a poor rendition of the original. The devil-child looked constipated because he had to squint and wrinkle his brow...

Jobs, jobs, jobs

Independence Day Jobs Fair The Department of Labor and Employment will hold the 2006 Independence Day Jobs and Livelihood Fair tomorrow, June 12, at Rizal park in Manila. Acting Labor Secretary Danilo Cruz said some 135 local employers and 34 licensed overseas employment agencies will set up booths to welcome job applicants. The one-day fair...

ANC Interview with Senate President Franklin Drilon

(Note: I’m publishing excerpts from this recent interview of ANC’s Ricky Carandang with Senate President Franklin M. Drilon to allow bloggers to get a handle on Senate issues including the forthcoming change in the Senate leadership.) Q: During the press conference this afternoon, you said it twice, you are not turning it over with a...

Smooth Transition in the Senate

It’s all over except for the acclamation. On July 24, the date of the President’s State of the Nation Address, the Senate will witness a smooth transition between Senate President Franklin Drilon and incoming Senate President Manuel Villar. Villar, who ran and won with the tagline, “Sipag at Tiyaga”, will be inheriting a Senate branded...

Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOs

(Based on the book with the same title published by Dearborn Trade Publishing and authored by Eric Yaverbaum) I am now reading Eric Yaverbaum’s “Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOs. While reading the advice of such competent and successful corporate leaders, I couldn’t help but analyze their experiences and comments from the vantage...