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.
A salute to all mothers in the world

A salute to all mothers in the world

Last Sunday, we joined Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Pakistan, the United States and other countries in celebrating Mother’s Day. Our day of celebration comes much later than the traditional Mother’s Day in the Gulf region that falls on March 21 of every year. A male friend of mine described Mother’s...
Inclusive growth

Inclusive growth

Do you feel the effects of a stronger, more progressive economy? If yes, then you are among the few lucky ones. Economic growth that is unaccompanied by an explosion of new jobs and better incomes would be intangible to ordinary folks, many of who find it hard to keep financially...
Fighting age discrimination in the Philippines

Fighting age discrimination in the Philippines

On Labor Day, the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-government organization that I head, launched an online petition urging Congress to pass a law against age discrimination in the workplace. As I write this column, more than 200 petitioners have signed up in a span of two and a...
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Jobs, jobs, jobs

My office, the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute, is in dire need of a good graphic artist, one who knows how to do lay-outs of newsletters, publications, speeches, and is familiar with website design (knowledge of WordPress/blogging is a plus!) Applicant must have good communication skills and can work harmoniously with other members...

Jobs, jobs, jobs

Landmark is in need of the following: 1. HR Assistant Manager – female, 25-30 years old, graduate of Psychology, Industrial Management or Behavioral Sciences; proficient in English and Filipino, with at least 2 years work experience in Human Resource Development. Must be hardworking and can interact well with people at all levels of the organization....

Pre-need victims unite!

Pre-need plan holders of failed pre-paid educational companies have wisely decided to join forces and launch an integrated legal and advocacy campaign for justice. This corner wishes the Parents Enabling Parents (PEP) Coalition the best of luck in the battles that lie ahead. The coalition is composed of more than 4,000 parents who paid monthly...

Sunday column: “The Magical World of Blogs”

Wikipedia on “blogging” :The term blog is a blend of the terms web and log, leading to web log, weblog, and finally blog. Authoring a blog, maintaining a blog or adding an article to an existing blog is called blogging. Individual articles on a blog are called “blog posts”, “posts” or “entries”. A person who...

Light a candle against Cha-cha

If you believe in the following: 1) Our political/economic/social problems are not due to a faulty Constitution but due to corruption, abuse of power, a fast-growing population, rules that change midstream, snail-paced justice system, and other problems caused by people and weak institutions but not by the Constitution itself. 2) Charter change should not be...

Jobs, jobs, jobs

Would you like to work in Australia? If yes, visit www.poea.gov.ph and find out about the forthcoming Jobs Expo sponsored by no less than the Embassy of Australia. Word of caution: specific job skills/occupations are needed so take a look-see at the list of job categories that are open for applicants. Also on the POEA website:...

You know times are hard when..

You know times are hard when.. Text jokes, especially the political kind, have drastically decreased. Yuppies buy banana cue rather than banana cake at Starbuck’s. You have a cupboard filled with sachets rather than shampoo bottles, detergent boxes and canned goods. Your children have become instant homebodies, saving whatever is left from their allowance for E-loads. You...

“Foreign Affairs on Saturdays”

What are you doing this Saturday? A movie, laundry, a visit to the province? If you don’t have any clear plans at all and would like to take a stab at learning something new, we invite you to consider joining our discussion circle this Saturday, May 6, 2 to 4 pm at the Blas F....

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...