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HOW we managed to blow P15.5 billion, if this figure is indeed correct, to light up the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the 31st Asean and12th East Asia summits, and the 13 other inter-related summits in Manila last week is a question the government must address with complete transparency. It seems too hefty a bill even by imperial standards.

The last time we hosted a comparable event, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Meeting in…

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TO many’s eternal dismay, President Rodrigo Duterte won unquestionably big for hosting the just concluded 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), East Asian, and 13 other Asean bilateral (Asean-US, Asean-China, Asean-Japan, Asean-Korea, Asean-India, etc.) summits, even though it set back the Filipino taxpayers by at least P15.5 billion, according…

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SO many people were clearly disappointed that US President Donald Trump and other world leaders failed to raise the human rights issue with President Rodrigo Duterte during the two-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and East Asia summits. They avoided any mention of the drug killings in the Philippines…

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THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is now 50 years old, and at least 20 world leaders are in town to help us celebrate its achievement. Asean as such is twice older than the 23-year-old European Union, which was established by the Maastricht Treaty in 1993, although its precursor,…

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NORTH Korean strongman Kim Jong-un’s threat to sink Guam and cripple Japan with its rogue nuclear weapons has dominated US President Donald Trump’s conversations with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, South Korean President Moon Jae-in as well as members of the National Assembly in Seoul, and Chinese President…

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AN earlier report said Tokyo might be forced to withdraw its official development assistance (ODA) of one trillion yen ($9 billion) to the Philippines over the next five years, plus $2 billion in private sector loans at a ridiculously low interest rate of 0.001 percent per annum, should President Rodrigo…

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“IT is a dark day in the world,” writes Austin Ruse, the president of the US-based Center for Family Life (C-Fam) in last week’s Friday Fax from New York. Austin is an old friend who monitors 24/7 what’s happening to policies and laws on human life, the family and marriage…

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FAKE news is not necessarily a new thing, but as a global phenomenon and a casual political weapon it most certainly is. It could be particularly dangerous and ruinous when used against the state, but even far more so when used by the state against its enemies. Especially so in…

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IT is not clear whether Protestant pastor Ernesto Abella had resigned or was unceremoniously fired as presidential spokesman, but without the simplest explanation, President Rodrigo Duterte has named Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque as his new man for the job…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte stands to gain a lot of international goodwill from the 17 other world leaders who will be attending the 12th East Asia Summit in Angeles City on November 13 to 14, if he plays his cards right, but he will have to work very hard to translate…

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