MA. LOURDES TIQUIA, TMT

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TWO phrases are often connected with former President Fidel V. Ramos: leapfrog and pole vault. Leapfrog was used to describe a development plan to be adopted and pursued in order to be on a par with Asean then. Pole vault was launched as a supposed legacy plan, continuing what Ramos…

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MINDANAO has always been the “Land of Promise” for the country. The potential of the island is so huge that in order to harvest it, the peace and order problem of centuries need to be attended to immediately. Historically, much of the expenditures of the military take into account the…

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Last of 2 parts IN the same way that the services of domestic airlines are getting worse, those of the telcos are not getting any better, despite the presence of a Department of Information and Communications Technology. DICT was formed by Republic Act 10844, signed into law exactly one year…

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THERE are four names that are in the forefront of airline and telco services in this country: Lucio Tan and Lance Gokongwei for PAL and CebuPac, respectively; and Manny Pangilinan of Smart and Jaime August Zobel de Ayala of Globe. Four names that decide whether you have rights or none.…

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IT has been said that “information, the raw material of news, usually turns out to be the peculiar property of those in power and their attendant experts and publicists.” The conclusion then is that “political reporting, like other reporting, is defined largely by its sources” (Boylan). Hence, the “adequacy and…

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THE Philippines is an archipelago and a maritime nation. We have a surfeit of beautiful beaches owing to our long coastline. We actually rank fourth in the list of top five countries with the longest coastline, at 36,289 kilometers. “Canada ranks first (202,080 km), Indonesia is at second spot (54,716…

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MADAM Vice President, what are you smoking? Seriously, you thought this is a bright idea, one that you will be best remembered for? This is your way of battling the scourge? Did you read thoroughly Portugal’s Law 30/2000? Do you know we have ratified and are signatories to the 1961…

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WHENEVER a new administration comes to power, we often see reorganization as its first action. Reorganization is made the reason to weed out the vestiges of the previous administration. Clearly, the new administration would want to put its own people, the so-called workhorses, to be the catalysts of the reforms…

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WE are entering Holy Week with Palm Sunday heralding such an important time in our Catholic faith. Some would pause and reflect, others would go to their home provinces to catch up with everyone for the rituals of pabasa, senakulo, Visita Iglesia, Salubong and Easter. Still, others will use the…

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THE late Senator Leticia Ramos Shahani used to hammer the point: “The Philippines is a maritime nation, we should claim it and own it. We are not just archipelagic but also maritime.” It is in this light that we should push for the further build-up of our nautical highway, which…

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