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Marina must ensure PH stays in global maritime list

By The Manila Times March 27, 2019 NEXT month, an international panel of experts will begin an independent evaluation of whether the Philippines has been compliant with global seafaring standards. This was the seemingly innocuous announcement made to the press by the Department of Transportation (DoTr) and the Maritime Industry …

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New tone and terminology in handling communist insurgency

By The Manila Times March 25, 2019 PEOPLE are not so sure which is sadder to behold: the permanent end of peace negotiations between the government and the communist rebels, or the dissolution of the government negotiating panel led by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello. In our view, it is fitting …

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US, world should move on from Trump-Russia episode

By The Manila Times March 24, 2019 FINALLY, the investigation into whether Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election and whether US President Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with Moscow to win the high-stakes race for the White House is over. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who spearheaded the …

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Dispelling the myth of a Chinese workers’ invasion

By The Manila Times March 23, 2019 CHINESE workers are not stealing valuable construction jobs from Filipino workers, despite the popular perception that they are, said Assistant Finance Secretary Antonio Joselito Lambino 2nd on Wednesday. He was trying to allay fears of a “Chinese invasion” of Philippine infrastructure projects, particularly …

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The drug war now becomes the people’s war

By The Manila Times March 22, 2019 Recent developments in the war on illegal drugs, according to the authorities, signify the start of a new and critical phase in the anti-drug campaign. Success in this new engagement could make all the difference in the success of the entire struggle. It …

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A lesson in fuzzy trade data

By The Manila Times March 21, 2019 IN an economic bulletin published on Tuesday, the Department of Finance (DoF) revealed an unusual problem in the country’s trade data: According to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Direction of Trade Statistics report, the Philippines exported about 30 percent more in 2018 than …

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Accountability crucial to public service

By The Manila Times March 20, 2019 HOW MANY times has the public heard an authority say: “I hold myself accountable” or “I take full responsibility” for something — declarations of seemingly important consequence, only to be let down when the words turn out to be empty? Failure to deliver …

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Turning the budget process into messy sausage-making

By The Manila Times March 19, 2019 There is a famous saying about lawmaking being likened to sausage-making that is attributed to the great German chancellor, Otto von Bismarck. It goes something like: “Laws are like sausages. Better not to see them being made.” The point it makes is that …

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PCHR distorts the meaning of its ‘independent’ status

By The Manila Times March 18, 2019 BY declaratively opposing the presidential decision to withdraw the Philippine government from the Rome Statute, which established the International Criminal Court, the Philippine Commission on Human Rights (PCHR) not only challenges a lawful and constitutional policy decision, it is also provoking a litigation …

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