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WHAT I feared is coming to pass. In justifying his proclamation of martial law in Mindanao, President Rodrigo Duterte will be hard-pressed to present the evidence, the convincing threat assessment and compelling rationale for declaring martial law and suspending the writ of habeas corpus in…

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PRESIDENTIAL spokesman Ernesto Abella’s characterization of President Duterte’s latest rape joke as “heightened bravado” reminded me of Idi Amin ‘s reply to Britain’s decision to sever diplomatic relations with Uganda. He announced that he had defeated the British; he then…

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THIS column has literally been overtaken by events. I originally planned on writing today on President Duterte’s state visit to Russia and the prospect of expanded relations between Russia and the Philippines.

While still in the middle of his visit and with a massive business and government delegation on hand to cheer him, Duterte hastily decided to cut short the visit, and declare martial…

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ONE drug agency has finally dared to present an answer to the glaring discrepancy between President Duterte’s count of drug addicts/users in the country, and the official count (by drug agencies) of drug addicts/users. Its answer is “fake statistics.” I think it is best called “fake statistics”, so…

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First word IN earnestness and quirkiness, President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs mirrors Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s campaign for “Asian values” vs Western values that became an intense polemic between Singaporeans and Americans. Those who thought that the Asian values debate died with Lee Kuan Yew should think…

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A NEW university research study has added a twist to the saying, “honesty is the best policy,” which has been immortalized by the Holy Bible, William Shakespeare, Benjamin Franklin and countless mothers. The twist, according to the London Telegraph, is that “honesty feels better.” In an article…

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THE last time I heard or saw chairman Chito Gascon of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), he was featured in an unusually contorted photo on the front page of the Philippine Star. He looked contorted or befuddled, it seems, because the International…

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