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THE more we listen to politicians like Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, the more we see the need to be spared from repeating the worst errors of the past. The Marcos era had its good and bad sides; it is foolish for this administration to try to replicate its worst part. President Duterte and his surrogates should learn from Marcos.

This is what he did.

On January 17, 1973, after the proclamation of martial law on September 21, 1972 shut down Congress, Marcos promulgated a new Constitution…

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A FRESH slew of quotable quotes has put back President Rodrigo Duterte in action, smashing icons with his trademark discourse. Not one of his quotes threatens to enlarge our view of the world as we see it, but they tend to throw a light into the depths in which the…

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“WE left the Philippines after 1986 to escape the Marcos dictatorship,” said the woman in her advancing years. “We came home believing that with Marcos gone, the dictatorship is also gone. But your columns seem to suggest the contrary. Were we wrong? Where did we go wrong?” The woman was…

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THERE is one fundamental principle binding on all legislators everywhere. No legislator may validly enact a law, from which he would be the first, if not the only one, to benefit. Thus, just because President Rodrigo Duterte has doubled the salaries of the military and the police, never mind the…

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I TRIED to tune in on Wednesday to the Senate hearing on Charter change, hoping to learn something I did not learn when I used to run the floor of the Senate. What I saw was the caricature of a process from which the people, who are supposed to own…

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THE conflict between government and the press is no longer simply about the proper appreciation of the facts on various issues, but rather about who is telling us the truth and who is feeding us with b.s., or fake news. In the United States, the toxic exchange between the White…

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I HAVE been away for a month, and for the first time since I started my journalistic career I decided not to write anything for my paper while abroad. This was most unusual, but there’s an explanation for it. I wanted to give my readers and myself a badly needed…

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WE have not seen anything like this before. A combination of forces and a series of events have created so much instability within the nation, and put our people at the mercy of unreason in the hands of our power-driven politicians. In a healthy and normal democratic environment, issues are…

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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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