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I WAS the nation’s information minister from 1972 to 1980, and had to contend with all sorts of political propaganda problems throughout the martial law period, which ended in 1981. But I do not recall having to deal with the kind of problems being raised today against President Rodrigo Duterte’s…

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DUBAI: A flurry of world headlines—from the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Manchester, to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s call on her European allies to stop relying on “others,” following the North Atlantic Treaty Organization meeting in Brussels last week, to the latest…

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BUDAPEST: After three days of exhaustive presentations on the state of the human family today, delegates from some 60 countries concluded the 11th World Congress of Families, otherwise billed as the Budapest Family Summit, in this city, with a message that clearly transported the issue of the family from the…

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BUDAPEST: I had hoped not to have to write about President Rodrigo Duterte for the next few days, while attending the 11th World Congress of Families and the Global Forum for Political Leaders at the Hungarian Parliament here in Budapest, both of which get underway today. But DU30 managed to…

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BY the time this gets to print, I would have flown to Budapest, Hungary, where the family-friendly government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban is hosting the 11th World Congress of Families, billed as the Budapest Family Summit. I am one of many speakers from various parts of the world, and…

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AFTER President Rodrigo Duterte named former Senator Edgardo Angara special envoy to the European Union, apparently to strengthen our diplomatic presence in Brussels and in most of the 28 member countries, one thought the EU had suddenly become very important to the DU30 government. Then DU30 dropped a small bomb:…

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AN apocryphal story is told about the late President Ramon Magsaysay and the late Senate President Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez, the two most powerful Filipino politicians in the 1950s, discussing the high price of rice which had been rising beyond the average consumer’s reach. Then, as now, because the harvest had…

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SINCE early this year we have been cued on President Rodrigo Duterte’s Maytime visit to China for the One Belt, One Road summit meeting hosted by President Xi Jinping. It was going to be a very important meeting, said senior sources at the Chinese embassy in Manila, and Xi had…

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LAST week when The Manila Times announced the appointment of Dr. Dante A. Ang, this paper’s chairman emeritus, as President Rodrigo Duterte’s special envoy for international public relations, some people thought it was a clever move, on Malacañang’s part, to balance the appointment of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano as foreign…

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SEN. Vicente Sotto 3rd has paid a high price for his tasteless gaffe about Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo being a single parent during the last confirmation hearings of the Commission on Appointments. He was completely out of bounds, and the public outrage is copiously reflected in the social media,…

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