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...
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American Idol 5

A few hours from now (around 5 pm), lots of people in Asia will tune in to watch the remaining 5 contestants in American Idol sing their hearts out before millions of people worldwide and three famous judges in the studio. My brother, Bulos, who is based in LA, sent me this brief report on...

Binay VS Lapid, FG VS Nene

Whoever advised FG Mike Arroyo to issue yesterday’s press statement on the Binay VS Lapid story should be made to stand in the corner by the President. Today’s broadsheets quotes Atty. Arroyo as saying that Pimentel’s advice to Lapid to reconsider running against Binay as “pathetic.” FG said Pimentel should devote more time to crafting...

Sadly, the news is true.

My previous post was premised on non-verified news which now turned out sadly to be true.  An international wire agency has confirmed that a Filipino domestic helper had cut off the penis of her abusive employer after he persisted in sexually assaulting her despite the knife in her hand. The employer had to undergo surgery...

“Slice of life”

I heard on the news that a Filipino domestic helper in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had cut off the penis of her employer who tried to molest her. I called up the Department of Foreign Affairs to verify if such an incident took place. Our embassy in Riyadh has no such information. I called...

Labor Day Message

The message of Labor Day was not in the President’s speech, nor in the protest rallies blocked by police, but in the multitude of mostly young people who converged in Quezon City Hall’s covered walk to apply for a job. Over 30,000 job vacancies, both local and overseas, were laid out like a smorgasborg of...

Happy 24th Birthday, OWWA!

When I was with the labor department, one of the agencies that I worked closely with was the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administraton (OWWA). This agency has a roster of good people, many of who have been there since its creation. The man at OWWA’s helm worked under my late father during his labor days. Ka...

Mabuhay ang mga Manggagawa!

Araw ngayon ng mga manggagawa. Kitang-kita sa programang nakahanda ngayong Mayo Uno ang pagkawatak-watak ng ating lipunan. Ang mapapalad ay makakasalo ng Pangulo at kanyang Gabinete sa tanghali. Ang mga nabansagan radikal at rebelde ay malamang sa lansangan maga-almusal, tanghalian, at hapunan. Kung tayo ay magbabalik-tanaw sa mga nakaraang Labor Day, tanggap na ng sektor...

Today’s column: Learning more about charter change

  Last week, I sat in an auditorium filled with Ateneo law students who were there to hear three respected figures speak about the administration’s efforts to change the Constitution. The students expected a meaningful discussion and the distinguished panel of resource persons did not disappoint them.    Father Joaquin Bernas SJ was a delight to listen...

Transcript of Sabaw ng Bayan! Press Conference

Somewhere in the archipelago of the Philippines…    Igloo: Ito po ang inyong lingkod, si Igloo Clabyu, at nandito tayo sa carinderia ng Sabaw ng Bayan! para sa isang mahalagang press conference.  SnB: Maraming salamat, ladies and gentlemen of the press at dumalo kayo sa aking press conference. Ang SnB ay may mahalagang announcement, pero...

Jobs, jobs, jobs

Marks & Spencer is looking for: 10 Store Management Candidates:college graduate, willing to undergo intensive training in Store Operations, preferably with supervisory experience, with excellent communication and leadership skills; assertive and flexible. 80 Sales Consultants: at least 18 years old; college level, smart and personable; service-oriented with good communication skills.

Exercise Video of Our Times

Etta visits Astrovision.    “May exercise VCD ba kayo?”    Meron po.    “Anong klase? Ayoko ng masyadong mahirap, ha? 

Labor Day 2006

Here’s how Labor Day is shaping up: TUCP/DOLE/TESDA/OTHER GOV’T AGENCIES Labor and Employment Secretary Patricia A. Sto. Tomas said that various government agencies that process pre-employment requirements will provide convenient one-stop services to jobseekers along with various firms and recruitment agencies participating in the Jobs and Livelihood Fair which will be held at the Quezon...