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.

The perils in leaving Libya

The perils in leaving Libya

Around 12,000 Filipinos remain trapped in Libya, working for an economy in shambles with looming power and water shortages as bombs fall and looting continue. News about the beheading of a construction worker and rape of a Filipino nurse drove home the message: Leave Libya now. For the Philippine government,...
Life!

Life!

Been there, done that. Have you heard that line before? It signifies an experience whether funny, sad, outrageous or tame. It implies lessons learned, to the extent of being jaded over things that happened in the past. Dead people, whom we optimistically presume to be in heaven, probably utter the...
Bending rules for human trafficking

Bending rules for human trafficking

How was it possible for a 16-year-old girl to have passed through stringent government rules and procedures in the Philippines to end up as a maltreated domestic worker in the Middle East? This is a puzzle especially for those in government when news came about a 13-year-old Filipino domestic worker...
Latest entries

Heads up on Lebanon

As speculations fly on Joc-Joc’s detention in the US and bribes allegedly given out to bishops, a dangerous situation is emerging in the Middle East, with Lebanon and Israel in the throes of armed conflict. Judging from the UN Security Council meeting on this conflagration, there is real and present danger that Iran and Syria...

Let’s move on?

Bishop A : “Pssst…nabigyan ka ba?” Bishop B : “Nabigyan ng ano?” Bishop A : “Alam mo na…” Bishop B : “Hindi nga eh. Ano ba yong ipinamimigay sa labas?” Bishop A : “Envelopes daw. Galing sa taas.” Bishop B : “Envelopes? Galing sa taas? Wow, thank you, Lord. Allelujah. Praise God!” Bishop A :...

Cha-cha Express sputters, latest SWS survey shows

13 July 2006 June 2006 Social Weather Survey: “NO” VOTE IN CHA-CHA PLEBISCITE RISES TO 67%; ONLY 6.8% HAVE SIGNED AN INITIATIVE-PETITION Mahar Mangahas Social Weather Stations The Social Weather Survey of June 22-28, 2006 finds that those intending to vote “No,” if a plebiscite to approve constitutional amendments were held today, have grown to...

Missing daughters

Their search for their daughters have led them from a police precinct in Iba, Hagonoy, Bulacan all the way to the Senate where they met yesterday with Senator Mar Roxas. Concepcion Empeno, 56, is the mother of 23-year old Karen Empeno, a UP sociology student.Erlinda Cadapan, 57, is the mother of Sherlyn, a 29-year old...

In Dire Need of Shoes

1. Francisco Martin, Jr. San Isidro I, Paombong, Bulacan First Year High School San Roque High School Size 7 2. Marin San Antonio Central Elementary School From: Baranggay San Jose, Paombong Bulacan Size 7 3. Triplet a) Angelito C Nicodemus (Size 5 pambata) b) Angelo Nicodemus (Size 5 pambata) c) Angel C. Nicodemus (Size 5...

“Shoes”

When I was in grade school, trying on a new pair of shoes before the school year starts, was part of a ritual that included a search for a magnetic pencil case with secret chambers for erasers that smell like chewing gum, My mother always bought me shoes from Gregg’s. Having this pair was like...

“Nicole”

In a van, with strangers, and a driver who turned away, you were drunk with solitude, numbed with pain, startled by the lust of men who smelled your fear and revelled in it. I don’t know you, “Nicole”, but I feel for you. No woman deserved the way you were treated — slave, slut, drunken...

Remember when…

..each student had a library card which he/she must use to borrow reference books for term papers? ..you stored data on wafer-thin, black, square diskettes that went by the name “floppy”? .. children grew up with mongrels and were quite happy throwing them food scraps rather than bite-size lamb-flavored munchies? ..radios were called transistors and...

Christian Monsod speaks…

(press statement issued today by One Voice lead convener Christian Monsod) Background: Yesterday, a supporter of One Voice received a text message broadcasted by Sec. Ric Saludo that stated: “Cardinal Vidal denies signing One Voice manifesto as claimed by Monsod in Inquirer June 30, p. A19. Let’s denounce One Voice deception and sacrilege.” A second...

Superman Returns, on Imax

Thanks to TJ, Mae, and Mark of Microsoft Philippines, my daughter, Estelle, best friend and partner Fort, and myself were able to watch Superman Returns last night on SM Mall of Asia’s Imax cinema. We enjoyed free Kettle popcorn (yummy!) courtesy of Bill Gates (well, he does own Microsoft, right?) and mingled a bit while...

“Elite vs Yagit” Syndrome

My friend, Lito Lorenzana, of the Charter Change Advocacy Commission, issued a press release on the proposals of One Voice . Here are a few lines from his published statement: “(One Voice’s statement to discontinue the people’s initiative is a) snobbish and elitist remark to paralyze and kill the legitimate efforts of citizens to assert...

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...