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AND so when PRRD went to deliver his second SONA last week, it was like a sword cutting through the labyrinth known as Congress. People inside were laughing and clapping, entertained by a mayor with very colorful language, salacious at times and loaded with double entendres. It was straight talk…

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THE state of our nation is strong, vibrant and very promising. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! These words will certainly cap the first year in office of the maverick, Rodrigo Roa Duterte. He who moves around without much hype; dresses and eats like the ordinary Juan; dislikes being introduced as “president”, “honorable”…

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POLITICS today is in a state of flux. People want change and the norm is no longer what they want. They are not settling for incremental change unlike before. They want disruptions in the hope of securing a better tomorrow. Consequently, business as usual is not an attractive proposition to…

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A FEW days ago, I attended a DILG-sponsored forum on building a common model of federalism, focusing on how best to communicate the changes at the ground level, ensuring that the people understand the concepts more so that when models are presented, the people can judge accordingly. It is we…

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THE first glimpse or impression Filipinos had of the notion of government was the barangay, the lowest political unit of the country. Said to be non-partisan, the barangay of centuries ago were better than today. The barangay officials were respected individuals in the area— si Kapitan ginagalang. Their work was…

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IT’S been almost a year for PRRD after winning convincingly the 2016 elections. Derided by the losing Liberal Party and their faithful as bobotantes, the 16 million remain engaged, noisy and ready to defend their President from the virulent attacks that have been launched since Day 1. The first 100…

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AS it has been said, so it will be said, “our nation is built on the bedrock principle that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.” The consent of the governed was given May 16 in resounding fashion. Duterte was not the incumbent. He did not…

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THERE are days when being a Filipino is oftentimes a hard act to do. Particularly on days when you want to be a law-abiding citizen and you see some undisciplined lout throw trash just anywhere, or enter a one-way street, or try to get one over another, to get ahead,…

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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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