MARIT STINUS-CABUGON

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THE province of Lanao del Norte was hit hard by Typhoon “Vinta” last December 22. About 130 persons were reported killed while several are still missing. Damage to infrastructure was estimated at P152 million while the agriculture sector sustained P200 million worth of damage. One of the most severely affected…

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TAXATION is a means for a nation to mobilize local resources to fund the programs and operations of its government. Too heavy reliance on foreign loans or other schemes with big foreign players could threaten long-term national interest. While we can always question the wisdom of the priorities of the…

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The year 2017 was “a constructive year for Chinese base building” in the South China Sea, according to Washington D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). On December 14, CSIS reported that China had completed 29 hectares (290,000 square meters) of “new real estate” on three reefs in the…

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IT was shocking to learn that the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxiawas administered to more than 700,000 Filipino children without having undergone sufficiently thorough testing. The vaccine, the first medicine of any kind against dengue, was developed by pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Pasteur. It received its first approval for marketing in December 2015, in…

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ABOUT 20 appointments in four days in Brussels was way beyond my normal load of activity, especially taking into consideration that these were meetings with European Union officials and Brussels-based researchers and journalists, tackling subjects as diverse as trade, competition, human rights, development, and environment. The one subject that rather…

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NORTHERN Europe this time of year isn’t the most hospitable with its dark, cold weather, but nevertheless, being selected as one of only six Filipino journalists to visit Brussels was a rare privilege. The European delegation in Manila invited me, together with veteran journalist Marichu Villenueva of Philippine Star, Bernie…

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The government’s renewed offensive against the New People’s Army is a welcome development and an appropriate response to the latter’s numerous attacks across the country, but 15 killed on the enemy side in a single operation is still shocking. The clash was obviously unusually fierce and desperate. In my own…

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COAL continues to be the favored source of energy due to its reliability and economic efficiency. This is the case not only for developing countries but for many developed economies as well, not the least the US. And “coal emerged as the surprise winner” at the climate change summit, writes…

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ONE week ago, the New People’s Army abducted 52-year old Gelino Vailoces near his home in Barangay Talakak, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental. Vailoces’ lifeless body was later found in Barangay Mantiquil, Siaton, 1.5 kilometers from the Special Civilian Armed Auxiliary (SCAA) detachment in Sitio Quadra where he was assigned. Sitio…

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TODAY, November 13, is the start of the United Nations’ massive open online course, “National Adaptation Plans: Building Resilience in Agriculture.” The six-week course—free and open to anyone who is interested, has access to the Internet, and knows English— aims to lift awareness and deepen understanding on how to make…

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