MAURO GIA SAMONTE

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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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Part 1 ADMITTEDLY for the Asean members, China scored big in the just concluded 50th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with their acquiescence to China’s proposed principle for the adoption of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea: “effective but not legally binding”. One needs a lot of brain…

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Conclusion When God created the earth, did he issue a title to a piece of land on which the school had been erected? I raised the question at a meeting of the Parents-Teachers Association officers of the school in which my kids were enrolled in the mid-nineties. I was president…

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Part 4 WHEN forcibly entering my premises did not work for the landgrabbers, they resorted to court action. In 2005, they got a court ruling awarding them possession of my property. A friend of the court judge approached me, offering a settlement with the judge for a price, which got…

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