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Return to sender bounty

By ROLLY G. REYES September 19, 2019 ROLLY G. REYES PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte thinks the Pasig River rehabilitation body should be dissolved and the task of cleaning up the river be given to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). He noted that the Pasig River has been the …

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The ethics of rice

By FR. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO September 18, 2019 FR. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO BENEDICT 16th was, prior to his election to the papal office, an acknowledged intellectual of global standing. The much-publicized public forum between him and Jurgen Habermas has become part of philosophical lore, and his publications are compulsory reading …

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Hybrid election system heats up

By LITO AVERIA September 18, 2019 LITO AVERIA SEVERAL proposed bills on the use of the hybrid election system have been filed in both houses of Congress. The proposed bills support the return to manual voting, that is, going back to handwritten ballots and manual counting of votes. Transmission of …

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There will be a rush to the Yukon

By MARLEN V. RONQUILLO September 18, 2019 MARLEN V. RONQUILLO FROM people coming from the tropics, The Yukon, one of the three Canadian territories with winters more brutal than Alaska, is, in theory, a daunting, foreboding territory. The climate is extreme, sub-arctic most of the year, broken only by brief …

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The clueless President and Palace cordon sanitaire

By LITO MONICO C. LORENZANA September 18, 2019 LITO MONICO C. LORENZANA “PRESIDENT Digong is clueless about what’s happening in his administration. Those around him feed him the good things and set aside the bad…” (Ramon Tulfo, “In My Line of Sight,” The Manila Times [TMT], Sept. 5, 2019). This …

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Different paths, opposite legacies

By EI SUN OH September 18, 2019 EI SUN OH THE past week and a half saw the passing of two former national leaders from two developing countries continents apart. Their lifespans and public careers give ample illustration and lessons as to both the lofty hopes and vagaries that are …

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Balangiga and IDPs on my mind

By INGMING ABERIA September 18, 2019 INGMING ABERIA FROM mid-2003 to sometime in 2006, I was part of a team that facilitated community meetings in Balangiga, Eastern Samar. Ours was one of several teams working in poor municipalities selected by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for its …

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PH on the way to First World status

By RAMON T. TULFO September 17, 2019 RAMON T. TULFO IF their government would allow them, without financial constraints, to invest in the Philippines, China’s tycoons could bring billions of dollars into the country. This would exponentially propel the country’s economic growth. This means that barring any major problems, our …

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Time to change our laws on election protests

By ANTONIO CONTRERAS September 17, 2019 ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS SEN. Imee Marcos, chairman of the Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms, should begin the process to change the laws covering election protests. It’s about time we overhauled a system that favors the commission of election fraud, which is treated as an …

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