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DEFENSE Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s visit to Pagasa Island in the municipality of Kalayaan in the Spratlys last week posed no threat to China of any kind. No troops were landed, neither was any offensive military structure introduced into the island, which lies 450 nautical miles from Manila and 235 miles…

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DESPITE reports of some Filipino fishermen being fired at in the Spratlys and a Philippine Air Force plane carrying Defense Secretary DelfinLorenzana and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Eduardo Ano being challenged by Chinese authorities while over Philippine airspace, the South China Sea will have to yield to Syria for…

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IN just two months and a few days, President Rodrigo Duterte would complete his first year in office. Before that, the one-year government-employment ban on those who ran and lost in the May 2016 elections will expire, and they may now join the government. It might do some good. After…

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IN my last column on this page last week, the phrase “pagan monarchs” appeared in place of “Islamic monarchs” to describe the heads of state who hosted President Rodrigo Duterte’s state visit during the Holy Week. That was a serious mistake, so I will begin this piece by apologizing humbly…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is now on a state visit to three Middle Eastern Islamic countries—the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Qatar—while majority of the Filipino people and the rest of the Catholic world observe the penitential season known as Holy Week. There is…

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JUST before US President Donald Trump ordered the cruise missile strike on Syria Thursday night, purportedly in response to a chemical attack on Tuesday that killed 84 Syrian civilians and wounded 546 others in the village of Khan Sheikhoun in northwestern Syria, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Philippine military…

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A FULL-LENGTH obituary in The New York Times (April 1, 2017) informs us that Yevgeny Yevtushenko, that gentle and lovable Russian poet, who came to the Philippines in 1973, has died at 83 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he had been living and teaching for years. He had settled in America…

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I THOUGHT the error was plain, and President Rodrigo Duterte would correct it, after Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who heads one of the two Houses that make our laws, said, “who doesn’t have any girl friend?” to absolve himself of his adultery after it had been publicly exposed. But DU30’s response…

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WHILE President Rodrigo Duterte tries to blunt an impeachment complaint in the House of Representatives, rant at the Catholic Church and its moral and spiritual leaders, battle the Philippine Daily Inquirer, ABS-CBN, The New York Times, Human Rights Watch, the European Union, and all the harsh critics of his brutal…

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