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Obituary on climate alarmism, new face of global warming

By YEN MAKABENTA September 17, 2019 YEN MAKABENTA First word WHEN UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres convenes on Monday, September 23, the UN Climate Action summit in New York City, major developments in the climate debate will take place one way or the other. To help this event unfold and achieve …

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Rice cartel: Alive and kicking?

By ATTY. DODO DULAY September 17, 2019 ATTY. DODO DULAY IT was just last February that Republic Act 11203, or the “Rice Tariffication Law” (RTL), was enacted into law. With the removal of the quantitative restrictions on rice importations — and replaced by tariff (or taxes) — there has been …

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Imperial Manila rules

By MA. LOURDES TIQUIA, TMT September 17, 2019 MA. LOURDES TIQUIA A LOT of advocates for federalism/parliamentary are quiet these days because of the decision of PRRD not to make it a priority. When you mention federalism to economic managers, the oft-repeated retort is: “Why would you want to destabilize …

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In China’s eyes: The fall of Hong Kong’s tycoons

By FRANK CHING September 17, 2019 FRANK CHING MORE than three decades ago, when China set up a special committee to draft Hong Kong’s Basic Law, its attitude toward the business elite was unmistakable, as 12 of the 23 Hong Kong members that it picked were tycoons. To be sure, …

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Poe is such a huge argument against democracy

By RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO September 16, 2019 RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO THE EDSA traffic is becoming more horrendous each day, and in this day and age of technology and rationality, one would assume that government could use all its resources and sovereign power to solve a big obstacle to the country’s …

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The duplicity of relativism

By FR. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO September 16, 2019 FR. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO TO be blasé in the face of the insidiously encroaching domain of relativism can be our undoing in so many ways. By “relativism” I refer to the attitude that blurs all difference between right and wrong, moral and …

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PH, China and US: Joint exploration vs rearmament

By DAN STEINBOCK September 16, 2019 DAN STEINBOCK President Duterte’s joint exploration framework with China is a historic breakthrough. But since it has potential to de-escalate tensions over time, it is opposed by those interests that prefer rearmament, even if that would lead to a split of Southeast Asia and …

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‘Anti-fake news’ bill raises more concerns than solutions

By TITA VALDERAMA September 16, 2019 TITA C. VALDERAMA THE pending Senate bill prescribing jail time for creating and spreading fake news looks timely and relevant in view of the prevalence of false information, particularly on social media, but it has already met strong criticism even before discussions could begin …

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Drugs from Marawi City end up in Cebu

By MARIT STINUS-CABUGON September 16, 2019 MARIT STINUS-CABUGON ON August 22, authorities seized 1 kilogram (kg) of shabu in a buy-bust operation in Marawi City. Three weeks earlier, 50 kg of shabu reportedly arrived in Cebu from the Mindanao city. Well, nothing should surprise us anymore. Maybe shabu is the …

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