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SEN. Antonio Trillanes 4th, the anti-Duterte senator who has recently caught the eye of some international broadcasters, has been panned by some critics for his rather insipid replies on HARDtalk, the British Broadcasting Corp.,’s interview program known for its tough, caustic, if not downright rude questions from its host. He…

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Writer’s note: In yesterday’s issue, The Manila Times wrote: “Palace denies Tatad’s claim Duterte had mild stroke.” I never made any such claim. I reported on Monday, quoting Cabinet sources, what Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. was said to have told some members of the Cabinet last Friday about the President’s health. Nothing would make me happier than to know the President never visited Cardinal Santos Medical Center, and never had any procedure of any kind. Mr. Evasco will have to deny ever having…

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NOT at all. But we have to work very hard to avoid doing so. The worst of the Marawi standoff appears to be in sight, but there is reason to believe the Islamic State’s grip on Southeast Asia, through its Eastern Province in the Philippines, has just begun. Although we…

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THE fact that President Rodrigo Duterte is now back in the public eye after a week-long “private time” has not stopped, and will likely not stop, speculations about his state of health. Not after he was reported to have suffered a mild stroke, which reportedly affected one of his arms,…

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IN just two weeks, President Rodrigo Duterte will have completed his first year in office. It will have been one of the more turbulent years in recent memory.

In his first 10 months, his war on drugs was virtually the only thing we ever talked about; “killing” was the most frequently repeated word in the President’s vocabulary. Since May 23 this year, DU30’s military campaign in Marawi against the Maute terror…

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NEARLY everybody I have spoken to would like to know why President Rodrigo Duterte failed to show up at the 119th Independence Day rites at Rizal Park on Monday, after cancelling the traditional vin d’honneur for diplomats earlier. As many, if not more, would like to know why, aside from…

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THAT the dead assailant at the Resorts World Manila attack, which killed 38 and injured 54 others on June 2, turned out to be a crazed gambling addict with no known links to the Islamic State (IS), which had claimed responsibility for it, has done little to clear the Philippines…

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