TODAY'S OPINION HEADLINES

VIDEO | At 16, in 1977, he woke up paralyzed; now he is vital to the Senate, with a story to inspire 11-Nov-14, 10:03 AM | InterAksyon.com | Video courtesy of TEDx Diliman

THE GREAT DEBATE | Is saying hello sexual harassment? 16-Nov-14, 7:17 AM | Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Reuters

JESSICA ZAFRA | Lest we forget, again: Maratabat, memory, and Maguindanao 6:46 pm | Jessica Zafra JESSICA ZAFRA | Lest we forget, again: Maratabat, memory, and MaguindanaoThe Maguindanao massacre happened a mere five years ago, but our national memory is short: what gets ten million 'dislikes' on Facebook today is completely erased from memory in a month. More than a movie, Maratabat is a protest against amnesia.

COCKTALES | The Firm serves ex-partners ejectment notice, P200-million bill 9:40 am | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | The Firm serves ex-partners ejectment notice, P200-million billInstead of friendly 'companeros', The Firm and the breakaway Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia group are heading to a December 31 deadline as bitter divorcees, with The Firm announcing that the CMT group had actually been expelled from the partnership.

COCKTALES | Not-a-Jolly season for Benitezes as STI moves to swallow PWU over botched bailout deal 11:37 pm | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | Not-a-Jolly season for Benitezes as STI moves to swallow PWU over botched bailout dealAsia's first university for women is about to get crushed by debt five years short of its centenary and be subsumed under, vocational/computer school chain STI, which complains the Benitez group didn't fulfill its end of the bargain in a P450-M deal in 2011 to rescue the debt-mired school.

OPINION | A difficult read: CIA torture report 10:27 am | John Sifton, Human Rights Watch OPINION | A difficult read: CIA torture reportUnless criminal acts carry criminal penalties, there is little to prevent a future president from using torture again.

JESSICA ZAFRA |The Theory of Everything: Lovingly Yours, Stephen Hawking 2:42 pm | JESSICA ZAFRA JESSICA ZAFRA |The Theory of Everything: Lovingly Yours, Stephen HawkingThe problem with making a biopic about the living is that they're around to get offended, and Marsh is so careful, he ends up canonizing the Hawkings. Daniel Day-Lewis'Christy Brown was furious, exasperating, vivid. The Theory of Everything gives us the patron saint of physics.

FIRST PERSON | Fear and hope at a Sierra Leone Ebola center 9:29 am | Benjamin Black, Reuters FIRST PERSON | Fear and hope at a Sierra Leone Ebola centerEach day when I enter the Bo center, in southern Sierra Leone, the first thing I do is take a look over the whiteboards filled with patients' names. Five weeks ago there were three boards. Now there are seven.

#BLACKLIVESMATTER | 5 ways the world sees cases of police brutality vs black men in US 8:22 am | Amana Fontanella-Khan, Reuters #BLACKLIVESMATTER | 5 ways the world sees cases of police brutality vs black men in USAcross the world, people are learning different lessons from #BlackLivesMatter. In some countries, developments in Ferguson and Staten Island are leading opinion makers to question the US and what it stands for. Their judgment, in other words, is focused outwards. Elsewhere, the opposite is true.

OPINION | With Pearl Harbor attack 73 years past, Japan to vote on its future 10:41 am | Joshua W. Walker, Reuters OPINION | With Pearl Harbor attack 73 years past, Japan to vote on its futureOn December 14, Japan will have its lower house election, which will largely determine its economic future, years after a strong US military protection enabled it to grow after World War II.

COCKTALES | CMT lawyers threaten suit, claim they are still part of Carpio Villaraza Cruz 4:57 pm | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | CMT lawyers threaten suit, claim they are still part of Carpio Villaraza CruzThe exit negotiations between the breakaway Cruz Marcelo Tenefrancia group from CVCLaw have taken a turn for the worse, with the CMT group threatening to sue their former partners over the division of partnership assets.

COCKTALES | PCGG sues Ombudsman, gets lectured yet again by SC for another late filing 4:49 am | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | PCGG sues Ombudsman, gets lectured yet again by SC for another late filingLegal management analysts seeking ways to unclog the notoriously slow Philippine judicial system need only look at a recent decision of the Supreme Court involving the Presidential Commission on Good Government for inspiration.

JESSICA ZAFRA | Naked Headhunters and Dogeaters: The Filipino Freakshow of Coney Island 12:44 pm | JESSICA ZAFRA JESSICA ZAFRA | Naked Headhunters and Dogeaters: The Filipino Freakshow of Coney IslandThe Igorot village at Coney Island was such a hit that at 25 cents a ticket, it was making the equivalent of 500,000 US dollars in today's money every month. Not only that, but the spectators would throw coins into the enclosure, and these tips would total more than the box-office take.

COCKTALES | SMC wins P1-B windfall from a divided tax court over San Mig Light issue 12:24 pm | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | SMC wins P1-B windfall from a divided tax court over San Mig Light issueThe San Miguel Corp. has won over P934 million in refund over alleged excessive excise taxes collected from San Mig Light beer in 2007 and 2008.

CONTRACTUALIZATION TOO | US manufacturing's false promise of a decent payday 9:16 am | Catherine Ruckelshaus and Sarah Leberstein. Reuters CONTRACTUALIZATION TOO | US manufacturing\Manufacturing, economists say, is the key to our nation's economic recovery. But lost in our national obsession with manufacturing is the fact that many industry jobs no longer resemble the ones that had us so smitten in the first place.