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FRANCISCO S. TATAD SOME “urgent bills” are being rushed in Congress without the necessary public discussion and debate. Their proponents tend to give the impression that not even an invasion of the country by prepositioned foreign forces could prevent or delay their predetermined passage. For instance, we just learned that…

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FRANCISCO S. TATAD IN this season of Lent, the scene at the Supreme Court brings us back to the scene at Pontius Pilate’s court. The accused Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno bears no resemblance whatsoever to the pure and spotless victim before the procurator’s court. But nothing seems to distinguish…

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FRANCISCO S. TATAD IT wasn’t nearly half as dramatic as the fall of the Berlin wall. But its ultimate effects could come reasonably close, although in the opposite direction. I am referring to the reported decision of the Communist Party of China, at the third plenum of its 19th Central…

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FRANCISCO S. TATAD THIRTEEN Russian nationals and three Russian companies have been indicted by the US Department of Justice for allegedly conducting information warfare in the United States to influence the results of the last US presidential election in favor of President Donald Trump. But they are beyond the reach…

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FRANCISCO S. TATAD WHETHER or not they are familiar with the original story as it unfolded in 1971, President Rodrigo Duterte and his Cabinet would do well to watch “The Post,” Steven Spielberg’s current movie on The Washington Post’s decision to publish the top-secret Pentagon Papers, which record the US…

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FRANCISCO S. TATAD EXTREME adversity has led some people to believe that evil in our midst comes now from “powers and principalities,” no longer from mere men misusing their worldly power. This seems to be in full accord with the statement attributed to Blessed Paul VI, when he was Pope,…

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FRANCISCO S. TATAD 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…

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FRANCISCO S. TATAD 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…

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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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FRANCISCO S. TATAD 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…

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