RACHEL A.G. REYES, TMT

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“HEARSAY,” to cite the Oxford English Dictionary, is “that which one hears or has heard someone say; information received by word of mouth, usually with implication that it is not trustworthy.” As a general principle, Philippine law excludes hearsay evidence. According to the Rules of Court, Section 36, Rule 130,…

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A REVOLUTIONARY government, President Duterte says, shuts down everything—Congress, the Supreme Court, and a free press. The Constitution is suspended. Should the President take this despotic step, it would call a convenient halt to all the current damning investigations into his bank accounts, and the alleged smuggling connections of his…

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ON the one hand, there is cause for celebration. With economic growth up by 6.9 percent, the Philippines has the fastest expanding economy in Asia. On the other hand, inflation has reached a three-year high and families are being squeezed by soaring food and fuel prices. Understandably, President Duterte’s economic…

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Reckless.Offensive. Callous. Misogynistic. Psychotic. Any of these words, and more, can be used to describe President Rodrigo Duterte’s gutter thinking and foul mouth. His latest tirade against former US President Barack Obama makes it clear, however, that “racist” needs to be added to the stinking mix. Taking potshots at politicians…

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WITHIN the pages of the acclaimed cookbook A Book of Mediterranean Food, written by the British food writer Elizabeth David, there is a recipe for a dish she calls “Aleppo chicken.” A whole chicken is simply rubbed with salt and lemon peel, and boiled with carrots, celery, and other garden…

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AT a lecture in London a few years ago, I remember listening to a speaker, a young European woman, recount an episode in Philippine economic diplomacy involving some prominent finance ministers. At the end of her talk, an elderly gentleman, looking extremely distinguished in a beautiful jacket and bowtie, raised…

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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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