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WHILE disappointed and angry friends wanted me to explain why I failed, in my last column (“DU30 should rethink his foreign policy now,” The Manila Times, February 21, 2018), to list down China’s most grievous “sins” against the Philippines and the Filipino people as reasons why President Rodrigo Duterte should…

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SINCE July 1, 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte has pursued what he calls an “independent foreign policy.” This appears consistent with the provision of the 1987 Constitution, but until he came to power, no Filipino President has ever defined it in its peculiar terms. During the better part of the past…

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IN a recent column (“I’m a dictator, says DU30—is there any objection?”, The Manila Times, February 12, 2018), I wrote about President Rodrigo Duterte’s reported decision to allow Huawei, the leading Chinese information and communications technology solutions provider, to create a “facial…

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TWO advocacy groups have charged former President B. S. Aquino 3rd, former Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad, former Health Secretary Janette Garin, and 17 others with serious criminal wrongdoing, in connection with the government’s rushed purchase in 2016 of three million doses of Dengvaxia vaccine, which has been blamed for…

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I THOUGHT it was pretty clear. But how did President Rodrigo Duterte manage to get confused? Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at the Hague, has decided to open an “examination” into allegations of crimes related to the “war on drugs” in the Philippines from July 1,…

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THE strongman Marcos earned the pejorative title of “Dictator” after he placed the country under martial law on September 21, 1972, and one day later issued General Order No. 1 by means of which he assumed all the powers of government. He did so, he said, in order to have the…

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THE most depressing thing I ever heard after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar and declared a blockade on the tiny sheikhdom last June 5 was when the Saudis expelled more than 12,000 camels, 5,000 sheep and their…

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A new Quarter Storm. Student militants at the University of the Philippines have threatened to scale up their anti-government protests after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to give away their scholarship slots to indigenous Filipinos (lumad). Should this happen, it could mean a rebirth of the famous First Quarter Storm that…

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A NUMBER of readers have asked me why I have not written anything on the apparent conflict between Rappler, the embattled international online news platform, and this newspaper, The Manila Times, for which I write, and whose chairman emeritus now serves as President Rodrigo Duterte’s “special envoy for international public…

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A SERIES of timely and highly informative lectures on “Cyber Security and the Internet of Things,” organized by Global Chambers Manila at Enderun Colleges in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig on Wednesday, took the audience on a tour of the digital world, and showed them how cyber technology could be used…

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