GIL H. A SANTOS

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LOOSELY defined, ecosystems are the physical areas on our planet earth that affect or influence the lives of humans. These are: the 1) mountains and forests; 2) the croplands; 3) the human settlements (urban and rural areas where people reside); 4) the swamps or wetlands where the sea or ocean…

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A SHORT news item from St. Julian’s, Malta last weekend has not made the front pages of Philippine newspapers or audio-visual media but to me, it means a lot and needs to be interpreted deeper for the Asean peoples. The Philippines entered into a partnership with the non-profit, non-stock international…

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A GOOD number of scientists, rural development workers and opinion writers have been publishing their positions on how to uplift the world’s poor since World War 1 ended in 1918. World War 2which started in 1939 and ended in 1945 resulted in massive rehabilitation but the increase of the global…

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Last of 2 parts FROM the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO) data bank researchers can see the huge potential of the Asean members’ ocean, mangroves and coral/reef resources. The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia form the tip of the world’s golden coral triangle. The Philippines is the apex of…

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First of 2 parts WHAT are the chances the third world war will start in the northeast Asia-Pacific region in this decade? This is the question my international relations and journalism students at the Lyceum of the Philippines University very seriously asked me last weekend. The query is triggered by…

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THE United Nations Security Council has unanimously passed seven resolutions against communist North Korea since 2006 after Pyongyan successfully test-fired its first nuclear warhead, condemning its nuclear weapons build-up and imposing economic sanctions against the rogue state. The reason for the resolutions and sanctions: North Korea’s action violates the UN…

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ALL roads—without exception—toward national prosperity are strewn with pitfalls and dangers, which must be navigated jointly by the political and economic leaderships before progress is attained. The vital role of risk management is especially pronounced in cases of underdeveloped and developing nations, like the 10 members of the Association of…

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WHEN World War II war ended 72 years ago with Japan’s surrender in Tokyo Bay, the victorious allies—Britain, France, Russia, the US and Nationalist China (led by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek)—organized the United Nations. The Philippines led the colonies of the US and the European powers to gain independence in Asia,…

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THE current national infotainment featuring the chairman of the powerful constitutional office called the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Andres Bautista, and his wife, Patricia, is unnecessarily diverting public attention from other national political and economic issues. Featuring this in my column is still within the context of the Asean perspective…

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ADMITTEDLY, communist North Korea is a rogue state which causes military and geopolitical tensions in the Asia-Pacific region. Most industrialized Western governments, if a survey is taken, will most likely condemn the Pyongyang regime and Kim Jung-un as a threat to world peace. President Rodrigo R. Duterte, obviously because of…

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