SASS ROGANDO SASOT

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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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SO Vice President Leni Robredo did it again. She provided us another spectacle of her cluelessness on Sunday, September 10, in “BISErbisyong LENI,” her weekly radio show on RMN-DZXL 558 Khz. When her co-host Ely Saludar brought up President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement regarding groups sabotaging the drug war, Robredo reacted…

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SUFFERING from conceptual overstretch, the label “fake news” has been used by the opposition to label perspectives they do not agree with or views that acerbically counter their political positions. Take for example how the Union of Progressive Students (UPS), a student organization at the University of the Philippines-Cebu aligned…

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BURMA’s government considers the Rohingya illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. But like Burma, Bangladesh rejects them. And here lies the pivotal problem of the Rohingya ethnic group: for them to fully live a dignified life, they must be fully accepted as legitimate members of a political community. In 1982, Burma enacted…

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IN a recent Facebook post, Vicente Rafael, a Filipino historian teaching in the United States, offered this bizarre reading of why EDSA no longer sway the imagination of people today: “…that EDSA moment, the moment of martyrs and their bereaved widows, has [been] arguably eclipsed by something else: the manufactured…

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THE Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has been criticized for seeming to undermine the government’s efforts against the narco-trade. CHR’s critics feel the palpable silence of the CHR whenever shabu addicts and drug syndicates commit all kinds of violence, endangering the right to life of a lot of people, the…

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“THE rise of China,” international relations theorist John Ikenberry said, “will undoubtedly be one of the great dramas of the twenty-first century.” China’s dramatic economic growth and increasing prominence in international politics propel its ascendance. America’s pre-eminence has now met its rival. And Uncle Sam can already feel on his…

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