RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

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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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IT was a bit shocking to read that Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia claims that the administration will allow up to 70 percent foreign ownership of public utilities. Hasn’t this Cabinet official, the director general of the National Economic Development Authority, a UP professor emeritus, read our Constitution? Does he…

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THE arbitration case that the Philippines filed against the People’s Republic of China was a colossal cover-up for the bungling by President Aquino and his foreign secretary, Alberto del Rosario, of our territorial dispute that resulted in our losing in 2012 Scarborough Shoal…

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I HOPE that headline expresses my outrage at Supreme Court Justice Marvic Leonen, against his arguments for his rejection—the only such dissent among the 15 justices—of President Duterte’s imposition of martial law in Mindanao Leonen is a living reminder to the nation never ever to put in power such an…

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EVEN President Duterte’s harshest critics would, I think, concede that he has emerged as the country’s strongest President ever, at par with Ferdinand Marcos in the first years of his strongman rule. By “strong,” I borrow from political scientists’ definition of a strong state. First, Duterte is a strong leader…

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