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THE government was quicker to protest the portrayal of a fictional Philippine President (Datu Andrada) making improper advances on the fictional US Secretary of State (Elizabeth Mc Cord) in the American TV series “Madam Secretary” than to react to the presence of Chinese vessels at Benham Rise, a 13-million hectare…

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A MARGINAL political party has taken the bold step of asking Congress to impeach and remove President Rodrigo Duterte, after only a little over eight months in office. The move has little prospect of success and could only end up shoring up DU30’s position instead. Alleging culpable violation of the…

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THE wars of religion, which engulfed Europe in the 17th century, ended with the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648. But more problems followed. In the 19th century, Otto von Bismarck tried to drive the Catholic Church out of existence with his kulturkampf. In 1871, the German chancellor, a devoted Protestant,…

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THE confident wisdom is that aside from being immune from lawsuit while in office, President Rodrigo Duterte enjoys the tacit support and protection of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales because of close family ties. DU30’s daughter Sara, who is the mayor of Davao City, is married to the son of the…

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SOME Evangelical friends of mine are in deep anguish over Mr. Perfecto Yasay Jr.’s unexpected fall from the position of (ad interim) Secretary of Foreign Affairs. They had hoped the pastor’s son would be finally confirmed by the Commission on Appointments, only to be formally rejected for lying about his…

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FOR the first time in living memory, the congressional Commission on Appointments has rejected the President’s nominee for the position of Secretary of Foreign Affairs, for having been an American citizen until two days before his Cabinet appointment, and for “lying” to the CA members about it. At the CA…

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THE war on drugs is back, and with it an alleged war on corruption to boot, but the first real war we must wage should be against a failure of reason and a shutdown of the intellect. Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says the war on drugs should not be confused with extrajudicial killings, but reason tells us the second defines the first. When the police are able to go after drug dealers…

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STUCK between Equatorial Guinea and Laos in the latest listing of fragile states by the US think tank Fund for Peace and Foreign Policy magazine, the Philippines may yet have a long way to go before joining the ranks of Somalia, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, Chad,…

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ON the day this column said the smoke of corruption has entered certain circles close to the President, Malacañang confirmed it by “firing” Peter Laviña, the chief of the National Irrigation Administration, for alleged “corruption.” The presidential spokesman subsequently corrected President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement by saying that Laviña had resigned…

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FLUSHED with victory over the large turnout at the government-funded Luneta rally in support of its “war on drugs,” Malacañang appears to have adopted a more aggressive governing style, which includes a more intense implementation of its seven-month-old anti-narcotics campaign, a “take no…

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