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Facebook stirs up Asean row: Genocide vs invasion

By THE MANILA TIMES June 10, 2019 STATESMEN, no less than ordinary citizens, should be careful about what they post on their Facebook page. A seemingly harmless post by a high government official can stir up animosities that date back even to the Cold War. Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien …

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Tales of corruption from the crypt

By The Manila Times June 09, 2019 Corruption Philippine-style seems to continue to evolve into a fiercer, tiny two-fanged creature that burrows its way into the heart of this Christian nation, or shift into a ghostly shape that is becoming increasingly difficult to track. That is such a painful thing …

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The detailed work of legislation

By THE MANILA TIMES June 08, 2019 The idea behind House Bill (HB) 9065, or the “Teacher Protection Act” that the lower chamber passed unanimously on its last session day on Tuesday, is a very good one, and acknowledges a shortcoming in existing laws and regulations. But its lack of …

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When a door closes

By THE MANILA TIMES June 07, 2019 Thousands of Filipinos may have been shocked to read the surprise announcement of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Wednesday that it would close its Manila office next month. The USCIS handles family visa requests, international adoptions, refugee applications and …

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Diverting P5M for Hajj a compassionate but unlawful act

By THE MANILA TIMES June 06, 2019 ALTHOUGH there were good intentions behind it, the diversion of P5 million in funds from the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) meant for the rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City to the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) to finance the Hajj …

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Let teachers focus on teaching, not making both ends meet

By THE MANILA TIMES June 05, 2019 PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has not forgotten his pledge to increase the salaries of public school teachers, which is why the country’s economic managers are working on ways to deliver on that promise, as presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said earlier this week. Teachers are …

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Rival presence in Asia need not stir up conflict

By THE MANILA TIMES June 04, 2019 The United States raised a notable and sensitive issue at the Shangri-La Dialogue this weekend in Singapore, where it warned China on Saturday against threatening the sovereignty of its neighbors. The forum gathered the defense ministers and top military officials from around the …

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Duterte’s Japan visit strategic for PH modernization

By THE MANILA TIMES June 03, 2019 AMONG President Duterte’s many new initiatives and programs in foreign policy, his recent four-day working visit to Japan deserves to be marked as one of the most strategic and vital in his three-year presidency He went to Tokyo for two reasons: first, to …

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Where there is a will

By The Manila Times June 02, 2019 Diplomacy, more than gamesmanship, has made possible the government this week winning its demand that Canada get back tons of trash that it shipped to the Philippines six years ago. Tact of a different kind it was, however, with the Duterte administration opting …

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CEPNS should be SOP

By THE MANILA TIMES June 01, 2019 A RELATIVELY minor news item from the Department of Energy this week deserves more attention than it would appear to deserve at first glance, not because of its details, but because of what it suggests could be accomplished in the government’s efforts to …

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