SASS ROGANDO SASOT

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LAST month, during the volley of heated exchanges between North Korea’s President Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump, Ri Yong-hu,hinted that his country could detonate a powerful hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean. A wave of panic swept over the world. This threat is reminiscent of the paranoia-inducing Cold…

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Last of 2 parts AN interesting thing happened a year ago. As 2016 waned, the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC) announced that effective settlement prices in the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) had been down to P2.27 per kilowatt hour (kWh) for the November billing period, which at the time…

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First of 2 parts ON August 9, I interviewed Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos about the inspiring renewable energy story of their province. Ilocos Norte is home to the Bangui and Burgos wind farms, admired both for their aesthetics and pioneering stature, not just in our country but in Southeast…

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LAST weekend social media was abuzz with the exposé that RJ Nieto of the Thinking Pinoy blog, Vovph blog, and I did of Edward Angelo “Cocoy” Dayao, the web security consultant of the Presidential Communications Operations Office of the previous Aquino administration. The gist of the exposé: If he were…

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“GOOD evening, Sass, have you seen this?” a friend of mine asked me after she received a message from her colleague about the advertisement of Amnesty International-Netherlands (AIN) on NPO1, one of the television channels under the Dutch public broadcasting system. The 30-second ad in the Dutch language has three…

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DIGNITY is a concept uttered a lot in light of recent events in our country. “Let us help [drug abuse victims] solve their drug abuse problems by recognizing that they are humans with dignity, too,” Commission on Human Rights Chairman Chito Gascon said, reacting to the tragedy that befell Kian…

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SEVERAL writers have looked into declassified US government documents covering the period leading to September 21, 1972 and found intriguing stuff about Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. Using those documents, Filipino historian Lisandro Claudio revealed the networking Ninoy did with the communists so he could topple “a morally bankrupt regime” (GMA…

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Last of 2 parts DISCUSSED in the first part of this series (“How drug cartels fight back,” September 14, 2017) are some of the tactics used by drug syndicates to fight back at the government. That includes forms of violent propaganda, such as public display of brutally killed bodies, meant…

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First of 2 parts A FEW weeks after Duterte was declared the winner of the 2016 presidential elections, the image of someone wrapped so exquisitely like a mummy with a packaging tape shocked our country. Found on May 30, 2016 in San Fernando, Cebu, the body came with a handwritten…

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