MAURO GIA SAMONTE

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(Continued from Sunday) COME August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay dropped Little Boy, code name for the first ever atomic bomb used in warfare, over Hiroshima, instantly turning the city in shambles; more than 80,000 civilians were killed, with 70,000 wounded. As Japan still failed to signify agreement with the…

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If uttered by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, that title would read: “Ngayon putang ina na tayong lahat.” But the President was barely four months old at the time those words were spoken and was way better off suckling on his mother’s breasts than mouthing expletives, for which he would, seven…

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(Continued from yesterday) I WOULD discover eventually that such a conclusion was not a lonely one. In the course of my research for a book I am writing on the life of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Ferrer Balutan, former commander of the 1st Marine Battalion Landing…

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THE handwriting is on the wall. Duterte must fall. On December 27, 2016, Dr. Dante A. Ang, chairman emeritus of the Manila Times scooped the international media with a revelation of a blueprint for the ouster of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte recommended to the US State Department by former US…

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SIMULTANEOUS with this writing, the so-called “Ber” months begin. September is the first in a straight series of months with names ending in a “ber,” thus after September, come October, November and December. Like August, September is still wet, but it is distinct as well for the wintry air characteristic…

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“The good general is one who solves a crisis but the better general prevents it from happening.” —Retired General Alexander Ferrer Balutan, Philippine Marines
The quote is a tiny peek at a book, Mandirigma, which this author intends to publish before the year

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PARDON my waxing a little sentimental this time. This is a special day, as you will glean from this piece, and though I am expected to discuss all about politics in my column, the human in me prompts me to lay stress on the day’s specialness. Seventy-one years ago today,…

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“If Kim Jong-un has nuclear weapons and ICBMs, he can do anything. So I think the world should be ready to deal with this kind of person. Kim Jong-un is a man who can do anything beyond the normal imagination.” The warning came from Thae Yong Ho, described as a…

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‘TIS said that August is the wettest month of the year, and the first two weeks of the month did wit-ness rain pouring for days on end. Yet August, for all its wetness, has had a way of causing me ennui normally experienced and characteristic of summer, when the dry,…

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Conclusion of a 2-part series from yesterday In the period of the Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in the first week of August 2017, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), a publication on maritime concerns in the Asia Pacific region, published an article titled: “Vietnam Builds Up Its Remote Outposts.” Here…

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