RACHEL A.G. REYES, TMT

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The discovery of the giant shipworm is a reminder of the major scientific breakthroughs that could be made by Filipino scientists. OVER the past few days, the world has been enthralled by a rare, giant shipworm that was recently found in Mindanao. The creature, a monstrous five-foot-long species of bivalve…

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THERE was a wobbly moment during President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent visit to Qatar. Greeting the 6,000 OFWs who had piled into a sports stadium—Duterte has proven to be a very accommodating man when it comes to crowds that chant his name and salute him with raised fists—he nearly keeled over.…

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THE murder of a young doctor, Dreyfuss Perlas, last month has provoked deeply felt grief and outrage from medics throughout the country. Perlas, a municipal health officer with the government’s Doctors to the Barrios program, worked among people living in the small towns and scattered villages of Lanao del Norte…

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VICE PRESIDENT Leni Robredo’s video message to a UN Commission on Narcotics meeting last week sparked hysterical reactions of anger and outrage. It seems that this country is not just politically divided between the “Yellowtards” and “Dutertards,” the pejorative terms by which the opposing anti- and pro-Duterte camps contemptuously and…

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ON the evening of Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 15 senators gathered at the Malacañang golf clubhouse for a secret supper with President Rodrigo Duterte. These senators largely make up what is now known as the “majority bloc”. Conspicuous absentees were the President’s detractors, who weren’t invited anyway, and a few…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has again attacked oligarchs. A few days ago, he railed against the politically influential rich—the billionaire big names he said owned the country’s political parties, bankrolled political candidacies, and drove the political machinery that delivered the votes to favored candidates. He vowed his administration would be different.…

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VERONICA “Kitty” Duterte, the youngest of the President’s four children, was just 12 years old when she was with her father on the campaign trail. If you remember, she was there for many of his rallies and campaign sorties. She would gently call time on the garrulous candidate’s meandering speeches,…

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