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How Aquino created the dirty mess at Customs

RICARDO SALUDO WHO’s to blame for the military takeover of the Bureau of Customs? For opposition leaders, President Rodrigo Duterte is making a big mistake in ordering the Armed Forces of the Philippines to temporarily take charge of the BoC. Liberal Party president Sen. Francis Pangilinan, detained fellow LP Sen. …

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Three nails on the coffin of the climate apocalypse

YEN MAKABENTA First word IT is, I trust, not improper to bring up the UN’s forecast of global climate apocalypse at this time of national observance of the day of the dead. I think it is poetic justice that this week three revealing reports and commentaries on the doomsday warning …

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DoF chief not to blame but must help clean up Customs

THE call for the resignation of Department of Finance (DoF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd by the watchdog group Coalition Against Corruption (CAC) was an expression of the frustration the entire country feels over the pervasive and seemingly unstoppable corruption in the Bureau of Customs (BoC). Heaping all the blame for …

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Agri-agra lending is one giant scam and sham

MARLEN V. RONQUILLO AS the 44th Philippine Business Conference drew to a close early this month, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the country’s largest business group, issued its mandatory call to government. Because it was peak rice shortage then, the PCCI resolution called for more agricultural support …

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More things that we should know about our elections

GUS LAGMAN WHEN Philippine elections were still completely manual, the whole process — from voting, to counting, to the proclamation of all winning candidates — would take anywhere from 25 to 35 days. (Local officials are of course proclaimed just days after the elections.) Once, it took so long — …

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Why I can never trust those ‘surveys’

FRANCISCO S. TATAD OPINION polling used to be a legitimate activity, but in the hands of propaganda fraudsters it has morphed to falsify reality. In an election year, the fraudsters manipulate the data to condition the voters’ minds on political issues and personalities, and then to set in advance the …

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Duterte’s clean-up of Customs will be epoch-making

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO But Task Force needed, as in Boracay I’M not exaggerating with the title of this piece. The Bureau of Customs ever since Corazon Aquino captured power in 1986 has become the country’s Augean stables of the Hercules legend, so filled with the feces of corruption of decades …

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Lessons from undetonated mail bombs

ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS CESAR Sayoc is half-Filipino. But it is not in his Filipino ancestry that we can learn lessons from the terror that he created. He sent mail bombs to prominent Democrats, who included politicians like former President Barack Obama, ex-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband former President …

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Whom can President Duterte trust?

DR. DANTE A. ANG The smuggling of shabu worth P11 billion into the country in August right under the very noses of our customs officials is yet another compelling evidence of the national malaise that is gripping our country today. At the root of the problem is corruption. The crime …

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Science and the way we teach

FR. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO WHERE does one draw the line between science and non-science? Today, philosophy and science stand in contrast to each each other. Of the two, it seems to be the latter that commands greater respect. One gains in credibility by claiming that one’s decisions are “scientifically” based. …

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