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I won’t admit to having a foul mouth, much less a biting pen. But last week’s “explosive” event at Davao did give me a scare. Just a few days after I had written here about the scourge of kidnapping and ransom-seeking, masquerading as freedom-fighting inflicting both my home state of…

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It is no secret that the eastern coasts of my home state of Sabah neighboring the Philippines are frequently harassed by self-styled “freedom fighters.” Their avowed goals range from creating a self-governing homeland for the Muslims in the southern Philippines, to declaring outright independence for the same, and even to…

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Starting perhaps around the middle of the last century, when the Cold War between the Western capitalist and Eastern socialist camps was spiraling upward, there came along the notions of roughly “dividing” the countries into three groups. There were the First World countries, which comprised mainly of old colonial powers…

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I actually half-thought it could have been a joke when I got the invitation. For it was a “date” jointly organized by important players in the civil societies of China and Japan to go on the Peace Boat for seminars on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) first propounded by…

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