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AFTER Cory Aquino became president in 1986, one of the first things she did was to seek out Nur Misuari, founding chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front. Through the Tripoli Agreement brokered by Moammar Gadhafi in Libya in 1976, which provided for Muslim autonomy in Mindanao, the MNLF and…

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MANY of our Supreme Court justices seem to believe they have the right, the duty and the power to judicially remove the Chief Justice, whom President Rodrigo Duterte desperately wants out, in patent disregard of the Constitution, which provides that an impeachable officer, such as the President, the Vice President,…

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VARIOUS attempts to scuttle the barangay elections on May 14, 2018 have failed, so the election of officials in the country’s smallest political subdivision will be held as scheduled. And yet it is the May 2019 midterm senatorial election that appears to be causing a premature election fever in the…

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DID we just miss it or are we inching our way towards it? This is the question some people have been asking since April 14 when the United States, the United Kingdom and France launched 110 ballistic missiles against Syria without any mandate from the UN Security Council, purportedly in…

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ON March 17, 1957, the plane carrying president Ramon Magsaysay and 25 others en route to Manila from Cebu crashed on Mount Manunggal in Cebu, killing everyone on board except a Philippines Herald reporter named Nestor Mata. He was 31. On April 12, 2018, Mata died at 92, after spending…

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IN George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, criminals caught by the Thought Police are routinely “vaporized.” Their names are removed from all public registers, every record of everything they had ever done is wiped out, and their one-time existence denied and forgotten. They are abolished, annihilated—vaporized. In the propaganda organ called…

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IN the face of President Rodrigo Duterte’s blistering attack on the embattled Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, whom he openly wants ousted, many expected the SC justices to rise to the occasion and demonstrate their constitutional separation and independence from the Executive Department. We saw none of it…

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IN the tangled web of Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency, it is not easy to see when the former Davao city mayor is trying to promote war or peace. He has mightily succeeded of late, in confusing the public with his strong words on his desired ouster of Supreme Court Chief Justice…

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AMID accusations of alleged Russian intervention in the 2016 US presidential election to put Donald Trump in the White House—accusations vehemently denied by both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump—comes this startling revelation that Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm, had a hand not only in Trump’s but also…

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CONTRARY to the political propaganda, the incidence of poverty in the Philippines is growing—and it is a rural and agriculture-based phenomenon. This is what the statistics from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Philippine Statistics Authority tell us. Urban poverty has not been banished, but the urban…

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