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“And as they drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, ‘Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD THE DENGUE SCANDAL

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THE government decision to use Dengvaxia, the French-made anti-dengue vaccine, on Filipino grade-four schoolchildren without adequate precautionary measures, has become a scandal of monumental proportions after its manufacturer Sanofi-Pasteur recently revealed that it could cause severe, even fatal, infection on those who have not been infected before vaccination. Some 830,000…

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WHAT the old “student council,” as the late former Sen. Joker Arroyo derisively described B.S. Aquino 3rd’s government, did to the late former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2011-2012 was so unforgivably wrong that it seems but right that the impeachment process, which was used to destroy him,…

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The Vietnamese government must have been pleasantly surprised when after apologizing for the incident last Sepember, in which two Vietnamese fishermen were killed while poaching inside Philippine waters, President Rodrigo Duterte last Wednesday personally sent off the five other illegal fishermen who had been arrested and detained after the incident.…

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AS this is written, several rallies are reported to be taking place in various places in and outside the country, calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to oust himself as a constitutionally elected president and declare a “revolutionary government” by means of which he could rule as an absolute dictator without…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to end the protracted peace talks in Oslo, Norway, and resume armed hostilities between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF) seems to proclaim a strong belief that the peace process has failed, and that the military should now…

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IT is a crying shame when something good happens to a man and he fails to see it for what it is and misuses the opportunity altogether. This, I fear, could be what’s happening to President Rodrigo Duterte right now. Nineteen world leaders from Asia, Oceania, North America, Europe and…

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AFTER writing several successive columns on “revolutionary government,” I thought I had already said everything and need no longer say more, without making myself a pain in the anatomy of its fondest proponents. But worrisome talk about the subject persists, despite its demonstrable absurdity which President Rodrigo Duterte’s confusing song…

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IT’S got nothing to do with President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war. Or the South China Sea disputes between China and the Philippines or Vietnam. Or the North Korean nuclear threat against Japan and the United States. But it is not less important than any of these hot-button issues. And except…

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