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

HOW PAST AFFECTS PRESENT | Sykes-Picot drew lines in Middle East's sand that blood is washing away 9:50 am | Michael Williams, Reuters HOW PAST AFFECTS PRESENT | Sykes-Picot drew lines in Middle East\Iraq, like Syria, was a consequence of World War I and of the infamous, in Arab eyes, agreement between Sir Mark Sykes and Francois-Georges Picot which led to the division of the former Ottoman Turkish domains by the two leading European powers, Britain and France.

CONSERVATIVES VS. LIBERALS | Pope Francis and his season of struggle 12:11 pm | John Lloyd, Reuters CONSERVATIVES VS. LIBERALS | Pope Francis and his season of struggleTime's Man of the Year for 2013, the object of seemingly universal affection, is a liberal: and that means a season – perhaps a papacy – of struggle. His honeymoon as the Amiable Argentinian is over.

COCKTALES | Tantocos take P1.2B off the table as GSIS joins Rustan's investors 11:03 am | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | Tantocos take P1.2B off the table as GSIS joins Rustan\The extended Tantoco clan will be taking about P1.26 billion off the table out of the P5.2-billion gross proceeds from the ongoing initial public offering for their Rustan's retail chain Stores Specialists Inc.

MARIE YUVIENCO | Is Laude a 'he' or a 'she'? Jurisprudence and the SC may clarify - or maybe not 12:33 pm | Marie Yuvienco MARIE YUVIENCO | Is Laude a \Media has been having a hard time figuring out whether 'Jennifer' Laude should be treated as a he or a she. Into the confusion, jurisprudence steps in.

JESSICA ZAFRA | How do the corrupt sleep at night? 11:25 am | Jessica Zafra JESSICA ZAFRA | How do the corrupt sleep at night?Where is that bolt of lightning that will smite the wicked? Where is this punishment for the corrupt who enrich themselves by taking money meant for the poor, and then expect to be thanked and praised for their work?

SYNOD POSTCRIPT | The spirit blows where he will: a church confronts change 6:53 pm | Socrates B. Villegas, Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan and CBCP President SYNOD POSTCRIPT | The spirit blows where he will: a church confronts changeFresh from the bishops' synod in Rome, where the past fortnight has seen vigorous debates on issues affecting the church, CBCP president Villegas recaps the main points and explains the Pope's guidance on them.

COCKTALES | PAL to remain public despite thinning float 2:07 pm | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | PAL to remain public despite thinning floatPAL Holdings will remain publicly-listed even after the conclusion of a tender offer extended to the minority shareholders by Lucio Tan, following the taipan's successful buyback of the 49-percent stake held by its short-lived partner, the San Miguel Group.

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.