RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

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WE are celebrating today National Heroes Day, one of our oldest official holidays first declared way back in 1931 by the Philippine legislature. But we don’t have national heroes—officially. Not even the great novelist Jose Rizal, or the revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio, has been…

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THE Yellow Cult and even a few veteran columnists are forecasting President Duterte’s isolation, and eventual fall in the wake of the brutal killing of the 17-year-old Kian delos Santos, whom the police alleged was an illegal drug courier. That is so, so far from reality. The Kian killing won’t…

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AFTER three decades, we can look at Benigno (“Ninoy”) Aquino, Jr., the Yellow Cult’s central figure it worships as a hero and martyr, with unjaundiced eyes. Peruse the following facts and decide for yourself if he indeed is a hero for whom we devote a holiday, as we do for…

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THE death of a loved one or a friend—two friends Michael Marasigan and Roy Sinfuego passed away recently—always reminds one how fleeting life is. Brief it is but life is a magical moment, a miracle in the universe’s14 billion years of existence in which a species called homo sapiens has…

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PRESIDENT Duterte’s law mandating free tuition in state colleges is a watershed in our history. I estimate it could lift a million poor families out of poverty or transform them into the lower-middle income group for the next generation, since college education is the real main asset for getting out…

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