TODAY'S OPINION HEADLINES

REVERSING DOWNWARD TREND | PH needs new politics with a new tax culture at its core 06-Oct-14, 12:56 PM | Prof. Amado M. Mendoza Jr., InterAksyon.com

FOCUS | 5 strategies for Philippines in a new era of global uncertainty, Part 2 05-Oct-14, 1:12 PM | Cesar Polvorosa Jr., InterAksyon.com

OPINION | Joining Islamic State is about 'sex and aggression,' not religion 8:33 am | Arie W. Kruglanski, Reuters OPINION | Joining Islamic State is about \It is easy to look to religion for an explanation of why young men -- and some women -- become radicalized. But it is psychology, not theology, that offers the best tools for understanding radicalization -- and how best to undo it.

INSIGHT | Poverty, Migration and Family 11:46 am | Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas (president, CBCP) INSIGHT | Poverty, Migration and FamilyIn dialogues with Overseas Filipino Workers, it has become clear that many who have sought employment abroad have done so because they feel, rightly or wrongly, that in the Philippines, they do not get what they deserve.

COCKTALES | Ortigas Family Feud: Nieces vs Uncles in fight over Greenhills, Pasig estates 10:41 am | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | Ortigas Family Feud: Nieces vs Uncles in fight over Greenhills, Pasig estatesThe landed Ortigas clan has hardly shaken off the dust that emerged from the Mexican stand-off between former Ambassador Francisco 'Paqui' Ortigas III and his equally landed wife, Susana Madrigal Bayot, yet another family fissure threatens to erupt in public.

MEL STA.MARIA | Presidentiables: hypocrisy, honesty and accountability 10:13 am | Atty. Mel Sta. Maria MEL STA.MARIA | Presidentiables: hypocrisy, honesty and accountabilityThe people must not be misled. Before voting for politicians who will affect our lives for a period of six years, we, as citizens, must know their philosophy, attitude, physical and mental health, demeanor, relatives, friends, business associates and yes, almost every aspect of their lives.

COCKTALES | PAL versus CX's red-eye to New York? Both land at 7 am! 11:21 am | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | PAL versus CX\A check with the Cathay Pacific website showed that the Hong Kong carrier will offer five, that's right, five daily flights to New York on March 15, when PAL launches its four-a-week frequency.

COCKTALES | What property bubble? Ayala just sold a P200M penthouse in The Fort 11:42 am | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | What property bubble? Ayala just sold a P200M penthouse in The FortAyala Land Premier loaded up the bi-level penthouse with a private 25-meter lap pool, an owner-only accessible elevator, and, this is not a misprint, a 600-sqm private garden.

JESSICA ZAFRA | If you think your marriage is unhappy, 'Gone Girl' will cheer you up. 10:22 am | Jessica Zafra JESSICA ZAFRA | If you think your marriage is unhappy, \If you're looking for something to affirm your faith in human nature, do not go near this movie. If you want an absorbing entertainment in which the violence simmers just below the surface from beginning to end, 'Gone Girl' is for you.

COCKTALES | Govt commissioners hold 'hostage' defiant Enrile-linked firm 2:19 pm | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | Govt commissioners hold \Philcomsat Holdings Corp. told shareholders Friday that two nominees of the PCGG who had been rejected in their desire to be appointed to the board of two PHC-related companies have in turn taken 'hostage' the PHC petition to resume trading at the stock exchange.

REVERSING DOWNWARD TREND | PH needs new politics with a new tax culture at its core 12:56 pm | Prof. Amado M. Mendoza Jr., InterAksyon.com REVERSING DOWNWARD TREND | PH needs new politics with a new tax culture at its coreBy several standards, the Philippines has fallen behind her East Asian neighbors and suffer from predictable consequences. To reverse the trend, we need a new politics which has a new tax culture at its core. Tax compliance among our citizens will improve if political leadership improves.

Are 'Hong Kong people' still Chinese? Depends on how you define 'Chinese' 6:31 am | Alan Chin, Reuters Are \Democracy, even applied to the seven million citizens of Hong Kong as opposed to the nearly 1.4 billion population of China, seems a dangerous harbinger of chaos and tumult for the regime.

FOCUS | 5 strategies for Philippines in a new era of global uncertainty, Part 2 1:12 pm | Cesar Polvorosa Jr., InterAksyon.com FOCUS | 5 strategies for Philippines in a new era of global uncertainty, Part 2At the national level, as the global economic and climactic crises continue to create havoc, what are the five strategies that the Philippines can adapt to enhance long-term survival and achieve prosperity?

COCKTALES | Bautista takes over as RSA-SMC team exits from PAL 3:22 pm | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | Bautista takes over as RSA-SMC team exits from PALThe formal management turnover is set for October 15, but already, according to the Philippine Airlines grapevine, Jaime Bautista is all set to transition from his seat-warming 'general manager' designation to the expansive presidential chair to be left behind by RSA.

MEL STA.MARIA | Gilas fans' disappointment is not hatred; but Coach Chot should be retained 12:37 am | MEL STA.MARIA MEL STA.MARIA | Gilas fans\Coach Chot may have gotten it wrong - equating the Filipino fans' disappointment with hatred. There is no 'hatred' in a Filipino fan's heart when it comes to basketball, there can only be disappointment. And they are two totally different things.