By Alex Y. Vergara
Businesswoman and former Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar, wife of Sen. Manny Villar, recently took a stand in the raging debate on the Reproductive Health (RH) bill. At the risk of alienating pro-choice and progressive women’s groups, the senatorial aspirant described herself as “pro-life.”
By Michael Warren
Uruguayans used to call their country the Switzerland of Latin America, but its faded grey capital seems a bit more like Amsterdam now that its congress has legalized abortion and is drawing up plans to sell government-grown marijuana.
Unforgettable Legal StoriesBy Aida Sevilla Mendoza
Sometimes, being born beautiful and well-to-do can be a bane rather than a blessing. This was the case of Beverly Fabernado,* the daughter of an American woman and a wealthy Filipino landowner who died in a car accident when Beverly was 8. Fortunately, her widowed mother was left with a generous trust fund and inherited real estate assets that allowed Bev and her younger brother to continue living in comfort in Dasmariñas Village, Makati.
One of the most celebrated concubinage cases in recent memory among Manila’s oldest and richest families— namely, the case filed by Susana “Susie” Bayot-Ortigas against husband Francisco “Pacqui” Ortigas III—is shaping up to be a battle of legal gladiators that may prove to be more gripping than the impeachment trial (zzzzz).
California has banned local authorities from trying to outlaw male circumcision, after a group lobbied to prohibit the practice in San Francisco.
Emily’s PostBy Emily A. Marcelo
I am a 24-year-old teacher in a public school with a master’s degree, and I’m a candidate for my Ph.D. I am also pregnant and unwed. My boyfriend, who is currently working in the US, will be coming home in December. We are planning to marry immediately, as I might lose my job (our bread [...]
By Michael L. Tan
Filipinos and other Asians like to scoff at the western countries’ nursing homes for the aged, describing them as examples of “western materialism,” institutions where the young “dump” their parents and elderly relatives when they become too burdensome to care for. In contrast, we like to claim, we Asians are guided by filial piety, keeping [...]
By Rowena P. Festin
When Marita last checked herself into a hospital, it was to recover from the violent beatings her husband gave her. She contemplated filing for an annulment, but post recovery, she returned to her husband, “because of the kids,” she said. And the cycle of violence continued. They were married amid the promise of a fairy [...]