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Duterte and Locsin are right: Gear up for battle

By RICARDO SALUDO April 25, 2019 RICARDO SALUDO PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. are right. President Duterte believes the United States, despite the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) and repeated US pledges to protect the Philippines, will not go to war with China over our …

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Reflections on the Easter Vigil

By FR. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO April 25, 2019 FR. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO “THEIR story seemed like nonsense.” That’s what Luke tells us was the reaction of the apostles to the story of the women who had come from the tomb, that they had seen a vision of angels. And that …

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The dangers of ‘Dutertismo’

By ANTONIO CONTRERAS April 25, 2019 ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS (The last part of the paper I will be reading at the annual conference of the Philippine Political Science Association that should have been held today, April 25, in Clark, Pampanga, but was postponed to May 28 due to the earthquake.) …

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The Forgotten

By RAMON T. TULFO April 25, 2019 RAMON T. TULFO (Part 2) Life inside notorious PH detention center where inmates ‘disappear’ without charges (This is the second part of a three-part series on the immigration jail that is the Philippine version of the gulag, written by Raymond Smith, a British …

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Preparing for the Big One

By ARCHITECT FELINO A. PALAFOX, JR. April 25, 2019 FELINO A. PALAFOX, JR. THERE is no escaping natural disasters, but we can do everything in our power to safeguard human life. A 6.1-magnitude earthquake surprised everyone when it struck Pampanga and shook areas of Luzon and Metro Manila last Monday; …

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Who is behind Metro Balita?

By SASS ROGANDO SASOT April 25, 2019 SASS ROGANDO SASOT AS April kicked in, the black propaganda against the Duterte administration was all out. In a series of YouTube videos titled “Ang Totoong Narcolist,” an anonymous informant named “Bikoy” alleged that members of the Duterte family were receiving payouts from …

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US-funded media outfits must be shut down

By RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO April 24, 2019 RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO An affront to the Constitution and our sovereignty WITH the disclosure that they have been the conduits for spreading vicious black propaganda against President Duterte, it is high time, even an urgent matter of national security, for our sovereign state …

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Today is a bad time to be an ‘ekonomista’

By MARLEN V. RONQUILLO April 24, 2019 MARLEN V. RONQUILLO TWO surveys ago, opposition senatorial candidate Mar Roxas was polled as a probable winner. Not among the Top 6, but just below — which meant a decent showing. There was this sense then that Mr. Roxas would maintain that decent …

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Can we trust automated elections?

By GUS LAGMAN April 24, 2019 GUS LAGMAN BEFORE answering that question, let us first examine the automated election system employed during the last three elections (2010, 2013 and 2016) in the Philippines. The first step was the usual voting period (manual); the second, the vote counting at the precincts …

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