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An irony in Digong’s watch

By RAMON T. TULFO September 07, 2019 RAMON T. TULFO HOW ironic that the release of thousands of prisoners, most of them convicted of heinous crimes, had to take place during the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte who won because of his reputation as the nemesis of criminals. Presidential …

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Love for learning, and not learning as suffering

By ANTONIO CONTRERAS September 07, 2019 ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS ONE rainy morning, when classes were already suspended — except for Makati, as usual — I saw a young boy standing anxiously by the front door of our condominium. He was in full school uniform, carrying an obviously heavy backpack, with …

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The system is not working – GCTA, NHP, WPS, etc.

By AL S. VITANGCOL 3RD September 07, 2019 AL S. VITANGCOL III THE 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer Global Report showed that “only 1 in 5 believes the system is working for them.” For the informed public, 74 percent believe that there is a sense of injustice in the system while …

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Blood and lawlessness where Duterte boys rule

By MAURO GIA SAMONTE September 07, 2019 MAURO GIA SAMONTE Part 2 (Concluded from last Sunday) THE first part of this article ended with a question: Was [former Justice secretary Vitaliano] Aguirre’s resignation from the cabinet precipitated by this incident, who can say? The incident referred to was the alleged …

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The book fair

By MICHAEL “XIAO” CHUA September 07, 2019 MICHAEL “XIAO” CHUA GOING to houses which had volumes of encyclopedia as a kid made me wish I could have my own book collection as well. Since then, I have been saving for books, be it Zaide’s Rizal textbook or Great Speeches for …

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Sabio reveals: Trillanes the brains of ‘Bikoy’ caper

By RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO September 06, 2019 RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO LAWYER Jude Sabio last week revealed that it was former senator Antonio Trillanes 4th who was the brains behind the so-called “Totoong Narcolist” videos, spread through social media in April that claimed President Duterte and his children were involved with …

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Arrogance or ignorance?

By RENE SAGUISAG September 06, 2019 RENE SAGUISAG CHINA’s Prez Xi, as host, told our Prez, his guest, that its irredentist position on the West Philippine Sea is not negotiable. The Duterte administration had needlessly announced in high profile fashion that it would raise the issue, as if expecting a …

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The failing fight against corruption

By MA. ISABEL ONGPIN September 06, 2019 MA. ISABEL ONGPIN IF corruption can be prevented, particularly in public office, more than half the battle will be won. But so far, preventive measures against corruption like the Anti-Red Tape Law, the law against plunder, the Procurement Law, government oversight agencies, etc. …

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