JOSE V. ROMERO, JR. PH.D.

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THE Catholic Church is made up of laity and clergy. That is what makes the principle of the separation of church and state (which was intended in the first place to protect the Vatican from prince predators) mythical. The church is composed of sinners and saints. Pope Francis describes it…

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THE goals of development, economists agree, are freedom, satisfaction of basic needs, equitable distribution of wealth, participation and access. The means to development have historically been traceable to economic growth, self-reliance, endogenous development, structural transformation and environmental transformation. According to Myrdal, the pursuit of development is reflected in the following…

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THERE is an old Latin saying which says, “if you seek peace prepare for war”. It is generally agreed that the Philippine Armed Forces is one of the weakest in the world. This is an anomaly given that this country is the twelfth biggest in the globe in terms of…

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The state of the nation address (SONA) is an annual discourse by the President of the Philippines before a joint session of Congress. Mandated by the 1987 Constitution, the speech is delivered every fourth Monday of July at the Plenary Hall of the Batasang Pambansa complex in Quezon City. The…

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THE Constitution has mandated that this country “shall pursue an independent foreign policy”. In its relations with other states, the paramount consideration shall be: national sovereignty, territorial integrity, national interest and the right to self-determination. An independent foreign policy as expressed by President Duterte means distancing ourselves from our erstwhile…

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WHEN President Duterte mentioned in a talk that foreign fighters would regroup in Mindanao after their rout in the Middle East, I greeted the statement with some skepticism. But with the Marawi incident and the discovery of foreign fighters among the Maute band, I thought that the President must be…

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AMIDST an awesome display of pomp and pageantry, China launched Xi Jinping’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative which he described “as a bridge for peace, a road to prosperity, a way to boost inclusive growth and balanced development and to promote equality”. The Chinese president announced that China plans…

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IT is hoped that the recent tete-a-tete between the heads of today’s superpowers at Mar-a-Lago made clear the obvious fact that conflict in today’s world between superpowers and even smaller nations who now have nuclear capability is, to say the least, catastrophic. China, the world’s second largest economy and largest…

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THERE are those who want to assert our sovereignty over our exclusive economic zones handed to us by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). They want to confront the alleged Chinese intruders who have been loitering around the area and are putting up structures in…

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