RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

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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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IN the melodramatic, megalomaniacal fashion of the Magdalo that one often hears from his comrade Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon told a congressional hearing: ““I am a soldier. I do not treat this position as a job, but as a mission. A soldier does not quit on…

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SEN. Antonio Trillanes 4th may be the most vociferous critic of President Duterte, but his comrades-in-arms in the mutineer group “Magdalo”* control the government’s key revenue-generating agency, the Bureau of Customs, holding its top posts. The head itself of the bureau is former Marine captain Nicanor Faeldon, who was really…

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I HOPE the Rufino/Prieto family that owns 80 percent of the powerful Philippine Daily Inquirer finds some ember of patriotism in their hearts to cooperate with government and give up their claim to the state-owned Mile Long property, which their Sunvar Realty Development Corp. has been holding on to for…

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PRESIDENT Duterte obviously got so fed up that he ended the peace talks with the communists because of their New People’s Army’s unceasing attacks against government forces. The recent ambush by the NPA of a Presidential Security Guard convoy in Davao was simply the straw that broke the camel’s back.…

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THE bureaucracy must take its cue from its boss, President Duterte, who pointed out in his State of the Nation Address the other day that the news website Rappler is American-funded, in violation of the Constitution that bans even a single peso (or dollar) invested in a media company by…

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HUMANITY for most of its 250,000 years as a species lived in tribes or collections of tribes, in constant struggle against other tribes, or predators. We haven’t really changed. We still choose and admire leaders who demonstrate that particular quality: bravery. After all, we want a leader who’d fight for…

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MAGNATE Ramon Ang’s acquisition of the Prieto/Rufino clan’s 85 percent controlling shares in the Philippine Daily Inquirer will break Indonesian Anthoni Salim’s dominance of Philippine media, one of the most shameful features of our nation in recent times. Salim* in 2014 bought (reportedly for P4 billion) from the Belmonte family…

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