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The trauma of the Battle of Manila

MA. ISABEL ONGPIN CURRENTLY in town making the rounds of universities is James Scott, the author of Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita and the Battle of Manila, a book that was launched late last year in the US. The Battle of Manila took place in February 1945, 74 years ago. Its details …

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Lei-La Pasionaria; Maharlika?

RENE SAGUISAG SEN. Leila de Lima reminds me of that tough Basque heroine, Dolores Ibarruri, La Pasionaria. They may have differing ideologies but when it comes to courage, principle, work ethic and eloquence, Leila more than qualifies as our own La Pasionaria, who cried during the Spanish civil war No …

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Are they more Catholic in Venezuela?

FRANCISCO S. TATAD IN my last column, I tried to pay tribute to my departed friend and diva Armida Siguion Reyna, who passed on Monday at 88 after living a fruitful life in the service of others. She was such a happy person and will be remembered for a very …

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Finally, some real steps to cut high power costs

IT has taken nearly eight months, but the most substantial proposal to lower consumer electricity bills to be offered in years now seems all but certain to become law within the next few weeks. The “Murang Kuryente [affordable electricity] Act” was first proposed by Sen. Ralph Recto in July of …

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Academic hypocrisy

ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS THESE are the same people who virtually manhandled Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos for falsely claiming that she had a Princeton degree. And they are the same people who frown upon academics who happen to support President Duterte, even if in a qualified way, and who do …

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To avoid war, scrap the Mutual Defense Treaty

RICARDO SALUDO IF a toughie from out of town is about to pick a fight with the local bully, would it make sense for a little guy to join the fray? That’s really the question for the Philippines as it reviews its 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with the United …

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How to stem corruption at Customs

RAMON T. TULFO A WOMAN who goes by the name of Meg was recently charged by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) after they found illegal drugs inside four magnetic lifters which slipped out of the Customs zone. The PDEA and the NBI …

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Congress greed turns budget into a ‘tragedy of the commons’

YEN MAKABENTA First word BECAUSE of greed over pork and total obliviousness to fiscal prudence, the senators and representatives of Congress have turned the 2019 national budget into “a tragedy of the commons.” With this spending law, the seemingly unending surge of the economy could be derailed. Inflation could be …

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Consider proposed reform to minimum wage-setting

THE proposal of Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito to abolish the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) and replace them with the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) may have some merit, and deserves some careful consideration. Ejercito is the author of Senate Bill 2205, which would amend the …

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