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OR is this not a rhetorical question? There are not too many narco states in the world, and there isn’t one to be envied by others. A short list begins with Afghanistan, which produces 90 percent of the world’s opium. Followed by Burma (Myanmar), whose opium king used to control…

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UNDER the shadow of North Korea’s threat of a nuclear missile strike against the US territory of Guam and US President Donald Trump’s counter-threat to hit Pyongyang with “fire, fury and power the likes of which the world has never seen before,” Asia and the world have moved into a…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte says he will resign if any of his children (and presumably other members of his family) were found to be or to have engaged in corrupt activities. This comes after one Mark Taguba, a customs broker and key witness in the House ways and means committee inquiry…

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PATRICIA Paz C. Bautista, 47, describes herself as “the legal wife” of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Juan Andres “Andy” Bautista, appointed in 2015 for a term of seven years. Under our laws, also observed in other countries, a wife may not inform on her husband in connection with any…

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AFTER Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., his wife, and 13 others were killed in a “police raid” inside their three residences at 2.30 in the morning of Sunday, July 30, the government recorded the massacre as its latest achievement in its brutal war on drugs, which has already killed…

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THE Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. is arguably the most important diplomatic post in the Philippine foreign service, the United States being the country’s oldest and most important political ally and the biggest economy in the world. According to the 2010 census, there are at least 3.4 million Filipinos and…

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I WAS in Cebu on Sunday, celebrating with a couple of hundred other guests the 50th wedding anniversary of Dodong and Diane Limchua, servant leaders of the “Oasis of Love” Catholic community in the Visayas and Mindanao, when I first heard of the massacre of Ozamiz City Mayor Reyaldo Parojinog…

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SINCE I wrote last on the Persian Gulf crisis, (“Today we are all Qataris,” The Manila Times, July 5, 2017), I have been swamped with various reports on what’s happening in that region where live over a million overseas Filipino workers. It is nearly two months now since the Kingdom…

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WHILE protesters against the drug killings and the five-months’ extension of martial law in Mindanao milled a street away from the Batasan complex on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte tried to win as much applause from the joint session of Congress at his second State of the Nation Address, which rambled…

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