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A broken electoral system

ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS THERE is no doubt about it. When seen against the conduct of elections in the United States, ours is definitely a broken system. One can just stand in awe at the manner American elections are held. Whatever problems one may have regarding American politics, the way the …

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Concurring and dissenting

FR. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO DECISIONS of the US Supreme Court that prevail by the vote of one member are not rare. Obergefell v. Hodges was a 5-4 case. And seldom is there eagerness to know who voted for the majority and who dissented. When the dissenting opinions are sought out, …

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There is no constitutional right to candidacy

YEN MAKABENTA First word UNLESS you are from Kenya or South Africa, you do not have to be in dread of people who believe they have a fundamental or inalienable human right to run for elective office. Most countries, including the United States, do not approach candidacy in those terms. …

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Subic freeport: the new Chinatown

DR. DANTE A. ANG Now, don’t get me wrong. I am half Chinese. My late father and grandfather immigrated to the Philippines from Amoy, China. I love Chinatown and the authentic Chinese food and delicacies it offers. I used to go to Binondo in my younger years to visit my …

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The merry mix of economic indicators in December

SO far, December has been a month of mixed messages in terms of economic indicators here in the Philippines. While the seemingly contradictory data might be taken as a sign of a weakening economy, we believe that a closer look shows there are positive portents for the beginning of the …

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Measles and mosquitoes

MARIT STINUS-CABUGON THE four-month old baby of my niece got infected with measles, most likely while waiting at the pediatrician’s clinic. Infants supposedly enjoy passive immunity from measles because of the antibodies of their mothers (who were either vaccinated or had measles), and are therefore vaccinated only at the age …

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Media pundits, economic hitmen and Duterte’s rebalancing

DAN STEINBOCK President Duterte’s recalibration of Philippine foreign policy has the potential for greater stability in the region. But it has unleashed the wrath of media pundits and economic hitmen. DURING President Xi Jinping’s visit to Manila last month, some 30 bilateral agreements were signed. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) …

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Should China build a bridge in Intramuros?

FRANCISCO S. TATAD First of 2 parts DO we need a half-kilometer, four-lane Philippine-Chinese “Friendship Bridge” to help relieve the monstrous daily traffic in the metropolis? Most of us will likely say, we do. But should we allow China, on its own, to build such a bridge between Binondo and …

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Apology, amends needed for SEAG fund diversion

A FULL apology and appropriate rectification are needed with respect to the unconscionable diversion of the P7.5 billion budget for the Philippines hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). We barely escaped here a gross deception and funds mess that could have …

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