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Bells of Balangiga redux and Mocha for Cha-cha

THE constitutional committee (ConCom) of President Duterte should not react with patronizing petulance to any contrary point of view. The sounds of democracy matter. Like trapos, its members should patiently see all of us as particles of sovereignty. With tolerance, they should rebut criticism in a legally tenable, intellectually respectable …

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A final question: Is he cracked or what?

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s misguided tongue may have become the most potent threat to his presidency after he confessed this week that he was tired of being president, while continuing his rant against the Catholic Church, the clergy and the religious. A mindless speech In a loose-cannon speech in Malacañang on …

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The Carabuena Syndrome

CALL it the Carabuena Syndrome: The belief that if you bully an unarmed, low-paid enforcer who accosts you on the road, you’ll probably escape the charges and penalties that you so richly deserve for flouting traffic laws. The latest documented incident of the syndrome took place outside ritzy Magallanes Village …

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Is Duterte thinking of resigning?

CURIOUS about the front-page newspaper reports that President Duterte said that he was thinking of resigning, as he’s exhausted and tired from the “endless” fight against corruption, I read the transcript of his speech, and even watched a video of it. The speech was made at the launch ceremony for …

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Too soon to let our guard down

With preparations underway for a third summit between South and North Korea in September, it may be easy for some people to forget that not much has changed. That would be a mistake. The world should not yet let its guard down. North Korea remains a nuclear threat, and its …

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Will federalism bankrupt the government?

ARE the government’s economic managers right in raising the alarm over the shift to federalism? More than 20 business groups, including the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, support Secretaries Carlos Dominguez of Finance, Ernesto Pernia of Economic Planning, and Benjamin Diokno of Budget in warning against fiscal risks in …

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Digong burns Leni

Dear Leni: Please stop with the pathetic calls to reconcile with the President. It’s not going to happen and it makes you look like an opportunist who can’t decide if you’re with the administration or against it. I was waiting for Malacañang to react to Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo’s …

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Times’ editorial stance

Last week, this paper ran an editorial saying it was time to go for Palace Communications Assistant Secretary Esther Margaux “Mocha” Uson after a series of gaffes, the latest of which was a raunchy dance routine by a co-host, with her on video that purported to promote federalism. The reactions …

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