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

The Unravelling

Anti-People’s Initiative Campaign: Diversity in Action El Shaddai is opposed to Charter change. The CBCP is against a government-sponsored People’s Initiative. The biggest Catholic educational institutions are also against it. The Businessmen-Bishops Conference is also against Charter change. 21 out of 23 senators signed a resolution declaring the People’s Initiative of Sigaw ng Bayan as illegal....

Calibrated Pre-emptive Response

The executive branch suffered another blow with the Supreme Court’s decision against the administration’s Calibrated Preemptive Response (CPR). However, CPR has served its purpose. It has emboldened the police, leading them to make unlawful arrests, and in using their shields and night sticks to push and hit back at citizens who wanted to march to...

Sweet child of mine

Well, I’m back after several blog-free hours. The awarding went fine. I requested for a few minutes to give a thank you message and managed to slip in a few words against Charter change. It may have been inappropriate, (PASATAF was celebrating its 50th anniversary), but nevertheless a wakeup call was needed. The nationwide organization...

Off to Baguio today!

The invitation came crawling in yesterday afternoon courtesy of a mule-riding courier. When I opened the plastic-wrapped envelope, I read with delight an invitation from the Pambansang Samahan ng mga Tagamasid at Tagapagtaguyod ng Filipino (PASATAF). Here is what it said:  “Ipinababatid ng Lupon ng Gawad Pagkilala na sa pamamagitan ninyo ay ipagkakaloob ang Natatanging Parangal para...

Where goes the ‘in-between’?

Sharp rhetorical exchanges between pro- and anti-administration forces remind me of parents at war with each other with their children caught in between both sides. The concept of a healing leadership dims with each hurtful word, every arrogant posturing. Such as this from the Palace: “The Office of the President shall safeguard executive privilege on...

This Sunday’ Column: Our OFWs and the Right to Vote

I distinctly remember several moving stories about overseas Filipino workers who stood in line so early in the morning, even before the Philippine Embassy could open its doors, in order to exercise their right to vote. This right was made possible by the passage of the Overseas Absentee Voting Law, an enabling act derived from...

Jobs, jobs, jobs

INK for Less is looking for new staff: 100 Assistant Store Managers – Female, 24-30 years old, graduate of any 4-year course; with pleasing personality, with good verbal communication skills; at least 2 years store-related work experience; flexible and willing to work long hours and during holidays; at least 5’2 in height and is computer...

Mother’s lament (Subic Rape Case)

My daughter, precious are your tears. Let me dry them with my prayers to Jesus, Son of God and Man. I feel your pain.

Eulogy for EO 464

You lived a short but useful life as the nemesis of truth, the blocking force of those believe the Senate conducts hearings in aid of destabilization. We are happy you died a legitimate death, given the questionable circumstances of your birth. We are happy that your death has become a source of hope for Filipinos...

OFW Corner

I have included as a Category an OFW Corner that will feature the latest news and services that are of great interest to our OFWs. I would also like to encourage our beloved OFWs to get their own blogs and am now working with OWWA Administrator Marianito Roque on how blogging can be included as...

Jobs, jobs, jobs

Kitaro Japanese Restaurant has job openings for the following: Store Managers – pref HRM graduate; at least 3 years experience as supervisor in a restaurant; knows how to handle personnel Management trainees – pref HRM graduate; not more than 30 years old; with at least one year experience in a restaurant Cooks – pref with...