RACHEL A.G. REYES, TMT

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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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IN his oft-cited but rarely examined satirical sketch ‘Fray Botod’—literally ‘Friar Big Belly’—the eccentric Ilonggo journalist, orator, and propagandist Graciano López Jaena (1856-1896) vividly portrays a Spanish cleric so utterly dissipated and depraved that he exists solely to satisfy his carnal appetites. Written in Spanish in 1874, Jaena’s salacious anti-clerical…

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AFFECTION, respect and mutual concern are immediately discernible in letters between José Rizal and his beloved sisters. He brought them news of his activities and travels in Europe and they kept him in tune with the rhythms of family life. More intimately, they related to him their private health and…

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