EFREN L. DANAO

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RESIGNATION is the only appropriate course of action left for Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar if he can’t prove his charge that $1,000 was offered to Senate reporters to cover the presscon of a retired policeman linking President Rodrigo Duterte to the Davao Death Squad. Andanar was completely unapologetic when…

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BUDGET Secretary Benjamin Diokno proposed recently the enactment of a budget reform law that contains, among other things, safeguards against underspending. He deserves full support from our lawmakers who must act fast so that the law could take effect next year. The vile effects of budgetary underspending were most manifest…

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IT’S tragic that the significance of a person to the nation becomes more felt only after he or she is gone. Recently, veteran political reporters Bert de Guzman of Balita and Melo Acuna, formerly of Radio Veritas, commented that they miss the likes of the late Speaker Ramon “Monching” Mitra…

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THE day of reckoning for the previous administration should now move full steam ahead. The Duterte administration should not content itself only with an inquiry into the culpability of former President BS Aquino in the Mamasapano massacre. It should also dig up all records pertaining to the use or misuse…

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“TAYO nga kami ng tayo pero kayo, pa-opo opo lang!” – the witty reply of MP Orly Mercado to criticisms by the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan that the opposition members of the regular Batasan were always ready to jump out their seats to lambaste then President Ferdinand Marcos and the ruling…

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THE finance committee of the US Senate suspended its rules Wednesday to approve the nomination of Rep. Tom Price (Republican, Georgia) as secretary of health and human services, and of Stephen Mnuchin as secretary of the treasury. The committee’s rules require the presence of a minority member before a nomination…

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“KILL” is probably the favorite word of President Rodrigo Duterte and the one that resonates best among his millions of rabid admirers. He has been using the word “kill” from during his campaign for the presidency until today, cheered on by his followers to keep it on top of his…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte was so pissed with the traffic once that he cussed the visiting Pope Francis whom he blamed for inconveniencing him and wished the Pope would go back to Rome. With this mindset, the President should be more understanding if motorists and commuters in Metro Manila would shout:…

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SENATOR Leila de Lima’s “stormy” adulterous affair with her driver-security aide Ronnie Dayan could ultimately lead to her disbarment. To my mind, this is the worst legal action that she could face. I don’t think any ethics case based on their romance would prosper in the Senate. Neither would a…

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REPORTS on the absolute, unconditional pardon extended by President Rodrigo Duterte to actor Robin Padilla glossed over the role played by former Sen. Ramon Revilla in Padilla’s early release from prison. Padilla had been sentenced to 21 years in prison in 1994 based on a martial law decree that made…

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