SASS ROGANDO SASOT

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YET another manifestation of oppression by the Duterte administration, another coalition of groups against him freely organized held their first assembly in a state-owned university to denounce the fascist du jour. A socialist coalition, Laban Ng Masa, aims to meet “the need for a genuine and credible opposition to authoritarian…

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SHE did it again — talking without saying anything substantial. Vice President Leni Robredo raised worries about the Bicol Express railway system, one of the major infrastructure projects of the Duterte administration. The Bicol Express is part of the North-South Railway Project (NSRP)-South Line, which was been unbundled into two…

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IN our foreign policy and diplomacy class, our professor, a former Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, taught us to take culture seriously and to not only focus on verbal cues. The non-verbal dimensions of interactions of leaders matters a lot, and sometimes more than what they express verbally.…

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Last of 2 parts AGREEING with physicist Robert Oppenheimer, Gen. Charles Douglas Jackson, US President Eisenhower’s Special Assistant on Psychological Warfare also believed that the public must know of the dangers of a nuclear war. Eisenhower was also on the same page. They launched “Project Candor,” a massive information campaign…

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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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