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Grafters, you better watch out, you better not pout, Barack Obama is coming to town. You may be headed to the graft court. With the filing by the Ombudsman yesterday of plunder charges against three senators (Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr.) Janet Lim Napoles…

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The Economist in its March 1 to 7 issue, presented a special six-page essay entitled “What’s gone wrong with Democracy and how to revive it,” which surveys the erratic record of democracy in the 21st century after its spectacular advances during the final decades of the 20th century. The essay’s…

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To give the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and President Aquino’s singleminded push for a peace deal in Mindanao the proper analysis that it deserves, I have immersed myself for a week now in the reading of two books, which form part of my library collection and which deal…

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It is prudent and understandable why Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has decided to skip the signing today of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), after being billed as a special guest of honor. Najib has too many things on his plate right now that have attracted international attention…

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When I think of the arrest of Communist Party Chairman Benito Tiamzon and his wife Wilma Austria Tiamzon, I hear , to quote the words of a poet, “the drop of chains.” There is a sense of release and liberation in this development. Jose Maria Sison and his closest comrades…

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Reading of the case of Cadet Aldrin Cudia, I was both transfixed and bewildered by the decision of the Philippine Military Academy to dismiss him from the school and prevent him from graduating with his class at this year’s PMA commencement last  March 16. The reason for the rather harsh…

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Sen. Serge Osmeña has done the nation a world of good in calling attention to the under-performance and awful management of President Aquino and his Cabinet after nearly four years in office. Coming from an Aquino ally and key campaign leader in 2010, that’s a thunderbolt that could electrocute, or…

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In one of history’s strange twists and accidents, the biggest natural disasters to befall the Philippines have happened when an Aquino was on watch as the president of the Republic. To yellow loyalists, this happenstance is fortuitous, perhaps a stroke of luck. To non-admirers and independents, it is fateful and…

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On reading the title, you probably thought that President Benigno Aquino 3rd has finally issued an apology to Hong Kong for the hostage-taking tragedy in August 2010. But he has not. I’m referring rather to the President’s apology for the government’s slow and inadequate response to the Yolanda disaster last…

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From the time President Benigno Aquino 3rd was sworn into office on June 30, 2010, and for nearly four years running, the Aquino administration has been implementing a political program and strategy that is called in Washington DC, as “the Permanent Campaign.” No, I did not get this information from…

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