MAURO GIA SAMONTE

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Conclusion The line of approaching the China-PH dispute in the South China Sea on yardsticks of economics rather than politics was even more amplified in the regular Breakfast Forum sponsored by Wilson Lee in his Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City. On the panel of guests were former ISAFP Chief General…

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Part 3 THIS weekend, Premier Li Keqiang will be arriving for high-level talks at the Asean summit which opened yesterday at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). It will be a week capped by China-friendly activities of groups desiring to contribute to crystalizing the issues that he will be addressing…

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Part 2 So now here is sharing this item I stumbled upon in the net which I feel is very vital to knowing Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. I don’t suppose anybody would want his name mispronounced when addressed. In my case, I am certainly peeved when people, having a mindset…

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FROM the time the South China Sea tension began to heighten in 2008 (that was the year the much touted pivot of the United States from the Middle East to the Asia Pacific region was the main preoccupation in geopolitics), it has become my magnificent obsession to have a one-on-one…

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The huge howler that was Yolanda in 2013 does not seem to have ended after all. Four years into its anniversary four days from today, the killer typhoon (death toll more than 6,300, with bodies continuing to be found into 2014) is once more a-forming, its howl now certain to…

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Last of a series ULTIMATELY, this piece comes down to the next basic thing to people in a nation: livelihood. Or in the tradition of intellectuals, economy. In retrospect, we cite again a learned observation that though certain estimates put the number of Chinese in the Philippine demographics at a…

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Part 4 So there goes the old Chinaman’s tale of how so deeply sinicized the Philippines has become such that it just is extremely difficult to expunge the Chinese imprimatur in every aspect of the country’s social life: economy, culture, politics. As far back as the late sixties, I already…

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Part 3 ONE of the dearest recollections I have of my childhood is the strange congruence between Holy Communion and an early concept of what Chinese is. Early on, my mother steeped us her children in receiving the Holy Host for Sundays on end. We just loved that ritual, in…

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