YEN MAKABENTA

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First word MERCIFULLY, we are nearing the end of the Sereno affair. The lady has gone on indefinite leave from her post; a senior justice has taken over as acting chief justice. But the curtains will not fall on this drama without Sereno and her lawyers turning it…

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First word I HAVE been lately mesmerized by the awesome power of words, even just a single word to alter the perception of reality, or trigger outrage. Consider this first: When our overseas workers were simply called overseas contract workers (OCWs), our problems concerning them were small-scale…

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First word THOSE who quickly lined up behind Rappler and its journalist Pia Ranada to back their claim that their right to freedom of the press has been violated by the Duterte government, should understand…

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Last of 2 parts First word I DECIDED to write this two-part series on the ethics of resigning public office, on account of the effect on governance of non–performing executives who cling to their posts long after they have lost effectiveness and public support. This column continues my…

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Part 1 First word IN late December last year, I wrote a column on the subject of resignation from public office (“Resigning public office is a moral act,” Manila Times, December 28,2017), which addressed the phenomena then of Paolo Duterte’s sudden resignation as Davao City

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