RACHEL A.G. REYES, TMT

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SARA “Inday” Duterte, the mayor of Davao City and the President’s daughter, is the latest government official to have called for the exhibition of Sen. Antonio Trillanes’ testicles: “Pakita mo bayag mo, huwag mo itago yan sa Senado (Show your balls, don’t hide them in the Senate),” she said just…

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WATCHING Alan Peter Cayetano being interviewed by Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan last Friday night, I was reminded of something Jeremy Paxman, the British broadcast journalist once said: “It seems to me that the way to remove people’s cynicism is, when asked a straight question, to give a straight answer.” This…

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LAST week President Rodrigo Duterte was caught telling a brazen lie. He had accused Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th of hiding unexplained wealth in foreign bank accounts. When the claim was disproven, Duterte resorted to puerile and preposterous excuses. He called his lie an “invention” and mocked the senator for falling…

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ALTHOUGH rightly scathing in his indictment of the Bureau of Customs (BoC), Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson was being disingenuous when he described the nature of drug smuggling in the Philippines as a “partner-in-crime relationship” between “Chinese nationals” and “our corrupt government officials”. One suspects he knows so much more. Illicit…

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IT is enormously difficult to follow the Senate hearings on the Bureau of Customs drug smuggling scandal. Senate blue ribbon committee chair Sen. Richard Gordon’s style of questioning is tortuous and meandering. He also has a tendency to wield the long-handled gavel far too often, banging it down to suspend…

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THE oil-rich nation of Venezuela is on its way to becoming a failed state. Hyperinflation runs at 1000 percent, there are severe shortages of food and medicine, and street demonstrations have resulted in the killing of scores of protesters and thousands jailed. Writing recently in the UK-based The Guardian newspaper,…

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MOST economists and scholars of globalization think that free trade emerged during the Industrial Revolution and the heyday of Western empire building, a period roughly from 1870 to 1914. During this time, Europe’s colonies in Asia and Africa supplied raw materials to European manufacturers and were markets for European goods.…

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