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The report is the UN Human Development Report 2014, which was officially released last July 24 in Tokyo. It must be faced by President Aquino and the Philippine Congress, because its contents are far-reaching in the unfolding story of our country, and are as wrenching as the Supreme Court’s decision…

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As if to counter my thesis about the power of one, a force from the dark side has come to the fore to rescue Darth Vader (a.k.a. Butch Abad) from destruction and stall reform and renewal in the Aquino administration. Call it the power of ten. The Hyatt 10. If…

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Perhaps finally, President Aquino will take seriously the issue of media killings and criminal impunity and act. Because this time, it’s the US government and the American press that have taken notice and are alarmed. Because his American backers, for so long the ballast of his presidency, are now worried…

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IN academic circles, a self-taught person is usually or technically called an “autodidact.” According to the Random House Dictionary of the English Language, an autodidact is a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education. It is derived from the Greek word, autodidaktos.…

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Everyone has been writing, talking, raving about, and criticizing President Aquino’s recent State of the Nation Address (SONA), but before anyone out there bursts a blood vessel, I would have you know some sobering truths about the SONA that could help us come to our collective senses. 1. SONA is…

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Part 2 Many readers, friends and colleagues, in reaction to my previous column (“Supreme Court decision documents Senators’ acts and their incentives,” Times, July 29), have anxiously written and asked: What happens now? Will the bribed senators get away scot-free? Do they get to keep their loot? How about the…

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Regardless of the Senate moro-moro last Thursday, the case to make Butch Abad and senators accountable for senatorial bribery is alive and kicking. Abad, Drilon, Trillanes, et al. have nothing to celebrate. They may be in a deeper hole than they imagine. When Budget Secretary Butch Abad emerged from his…

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Activists, the serious and real ones, never sleep. And they never run out of ideas. The youth activist group, Anakbayan (sons and daughters of the people), may have scored another homerun with its latest dig against the powers that be. After successfully inventing the wildly popular and entertaining neologism and…

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In a speech (President Aquino’s weird DAP speech) that consisted of 3070 words and took an hour to deliver, this is the only statement/sentence that is truthful and unassailable. It is perhaps the one point on which all Filipinos can agree— Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and his detractors included. It’s…

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He staged a big funk about being sworn in by then Chief Justice Renato Corona (and substituted then associate justice Conchita Carpio-Morales for the ceremonial task), so we all presume that when Benigno Aquino 3rd finally took his oath as the 15th president of the Republic of the Philippines, he…

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