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Robredo, a wide-eyed beneficiary of LP plan to cheat

By YEN MAKABENTA October 22, 2019 YEN MAKABENTA First word Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo continues to amaze in her own deceptive way, although we rarely see her acting, thinking or speaking on her own. Consider: 1. During the early tabulation of votes on election day, Monday, May 9, 2016, …

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All guards at NBP are corrupt

By RAMON T. TULFO October 22, 2019 RAMON T. TULFO IF newly appointed Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Gerard Bantag keeps his word — about firing prison guards who fraternize with inmates — there will be no guards left to man the New Bilibid Prison (NBP). Bantag said about 95 …

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Indeed, numbers don’t lie; they could be the smoking gun

By ANTONIO CONTRERAS October 22, 2019 ANTONIO CONTRERAS NUMBERS don’t lie, say the supporters of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo as they celebrate her winning margin widening by 15,093 votes in the initial recount. They now urge the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to dismiss the protest of former senator …

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Don’t go nuclear over nuclear

By ATTY. DODO DULAY October 22, 2019 ATTY. DODO DULAY EARLIER this month, President Rodrigo Duterte visited Russia for the second time during his term. It was a productive trip that bolstered Philippine-Russia relations and marked the signing of several agreements, including a memorandum of intent to “jointly explore the …

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Integrity

By MA. LOURDES TIQUIA, TMT October 22, 2019 MA. LOURDES TIQUIA IT has been said that “integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” Men and women of the old school would know what this saying means because they lived with it, while in the public …

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PAO’s free legal assistance for indigent foreign nationals

By PERSIDA ACOSTA October 22, 2019 BY DR. PERSIDA V. RUEDA-ACOSTA, DSD Speech delivered by Dr. Persida Acosta, Chief Public Attorney of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) at the monthly luncheon meeting of the Consular Corps of the Philippines (CCP) on Aug. 28, 2019 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel. PURSUANT …

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China: Channeling overseas Chinese influence

By FRANK CHING October 22, 2019 FRANK CHING AS Taiwan’s January presidential election approaches, Beijing is stepping up its efforts to undermine incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to favor Han Kuo-yu of the Kuomintang of China (KMT), who is generally described as Beijing-friendly. Much attention …

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Bring case vs China to UN? Are they crazy?

By RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO October 21, 2019 RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO FORMER Supreme Court justice Francis Jardeleza is proposing that the July 2016 ruling of the Hague arbitral panel on our territorial disputes with China be brought before the United Nations, this newspaper reported the other day — strangely the only …

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In Memoriam — Aquilino Pimentel Jr.

By FR. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO October 21, 2019 FR. RANHILIO CALLANGAN AQUINO MANY have dubbed him “the last statesman” of the country. For the sake of the Philippines, I hope that is not true; but that he was a great statesman, there can be no doubt. It was already a …

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Journalism is giving voice to the voiceless

By TITA VALDERAMA October 21, 2019 TITA C. VALDERAMA FOR the fourth and last piece on the inspiring stories of this year’s recipients of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, considered as Asia’s premier prize and highest honor for transformative leadership, let me tell you about the struggles and successes of journalists …

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