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When the Obama administration and the Aquino administration negotiated the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), it was a case of two governments with inchoate foreign policies groping for a deal that might lift them from the policy fog in which they found themselves. There was little effort on both sides…

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Through my email , I received the following message from a tireless online correspondent and activist: The worst airport in the world. The most expensive electricity cost in Asia. The slowest Internet among Asean nations. The highest unemployment rate among ASEAN nations. NASA KANGKUNGAN NA BA TAYO?” This column is…

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This Saturday, I will focus attention on fact-checking journalism, a new movement that has gathered steam and popularity in many countries, as a tool for advancing accountability in public life and enhancing the service of the media. I believe that recent developments and trends in our country have made the…

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Let’s not beat around the bush on the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) that the Aquino administration surreptitiously negotiated and sealed with the Obama administration on April 28. From the very beginning, President Aquino, on the advice of his foreign affairs and defense secretaries and his legal team, never planned…

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As President Barack Obama , the first African-American president, visits the Philippines this week, this may be a good time for both Filipinos and African-Americans to acquaint themselves with an often-forgotten part of the historic Philippine-American war (1899-1902), which transformed the United States into an empire and a global power.…

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The question must be asked because hosting US troops is going to be a key topic of discussion between President Barack Obama and  President Benigno Aquino 3rd when Obama visits Manila on  Monday for an overnight stay. The matter has been the subject of talks between representatives of our defense…

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At the Wharton School of Business, where  Mar Roxas matriculated for his bachelor’s degree, they  have a full-fledged Wharton Leadership Program which offers courses and workshops in leadership development, work-life integration, and a course called “Total leadership.” Regrettably, interior and local government secretary Mar Roxas did not stay at Wharton…

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“April,” wrote T.S. Eliot, “is the cruellest month.” And so it is for President BS Aquino 3rd and his administration, and all of us citizens who depend on them to run our national government efficiently and effectively. And the month is not yet over. The line opens Eliot’s “The Waste…

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No, I don’t mean a retreat (backing down) from the word war with China or the propaganda war with political adversaries. A notion which seems ill-suited to P-Noy’s temperament. I mean rather a spiritual retreat which people of faith and leaders traditionally undergo at certain times in their lives or…

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WITH the cool and clement climate of Baguio City wafting over their final deliberations, the Supreme Court issued on Tuesday its ruling on the Reproductive Health Law. Like Baguio’s weather, its decision is cool, calming, wise and surprisingly eloquent. I wanted to describe the decision also as “catholic”—an English adjective…

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