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IF by “gentleman” we mean someone who never insults anybody unintentionally, Senators Richard Gordon and Antonio Trillanes 4th proclaimed their gentlemanly status quite convincingly when they exchanged blistering insults during last week’s hearing of the Senate blue ribbon committee. The rules of parliamentary procedure, as we find them in Robert’s…

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IT is not clear what prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to say, in his recent National Heroes’ Day speech, that in France a person accused of a crime is presumed guilty and must prove his innocence. It is absolutely embarrassing for a Filipino to have to listen to such poppycock coming…

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EVEN before the drug killings abate, assuming they would ever do before President Rodrigo Duterte leaves office, we need to agree that we have not installed a president for six years just to have a vulgar and murderous fellow impose himself on us, and get his propaganda fraudsters and pornographers…

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AFTER 90 days, our military forces have finally taken over the grand mosque in Marawi City and are now clearing all the adjacent buildings that the Maute extremists and their Islamic State-related confederates had occupied since May 23rd. The extremists did not make a last stand, but simply pulled out…

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ASIA Sentinel, a regional Asian website founded 11 years ago in Hong Kong by four veteran expatriate journalists after the demise of Asiaweek and Far Eastern Economic Review (as a weekly), may have set off a storm with its latest major post entitled, “Duterte, the Philippines and a Psychopathic Reign…

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I TRIED to tread very gently when I asked in my August 16, 2017 column, “Have we truly become a full-blown narco-state?” I did not want to be in President Rodrigo Duterte’s crosshairs by suggesting that anyone in his circle might be working with the Chinese drug lords in flooding…

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IN an obvious effort to quash criticisms of alleged political misuse of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, in its ongoing action against the State of Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced the reopening of its border with its neighboring state, which had been closed since June 5.…

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IT is not this columnist’s business to prejudge the case of Juan Andres “Andy” Bautista, the embattled chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), accused by his own estranged wife of having made over P1 billion from illegal sources during the last presidential elections. My only concern as a citizen…

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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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