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Where is the Davos crowd now that Mr. Aquino, the former president obsessed with pleasing this crowd via his cruel technocratic policies, is down and out? Where is the Makati Business Club (MBC) crowd, which Mr. Aquino obsessed to please during his six years as president, now that he is…

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TO paraphrase the opening line of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, public opinion survey firms are not all alike; each is different in its own way. Three opinion research organizations—SWS, Pulse Asia and Financial Times Confidential Research— took turns last month in measuring the Filipino public’s…

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Rodrigo Roa Duterte, former mayor of Davao City, took his oath of office as President of the Republic of the Philippines in the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of Malacañang Palace at noon of June 30, 2016. Nineteen days after the event, former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, incarcerated at the Veterans Memorial…

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

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I HOPE that headline expresses my outrage at Supreme Court Justice Marvic Leonen, against his arguments for his rejection—the only such dissent among the 15 justices—of President Duterte’s imposition of martial law in Mindanao Leonen is a living reminder to the nation never ever to put in power such an…

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THE vote in the Supreme Court was not even close. The 15 justices voted 11-3-1 to uphold the constitutionality of Proclamation 216, which declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23. Eleven justices voted to dismiss the three petitions against the proclamation;…

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ONE is tempted to just ignore them, but like an unwanted gift, they keep on giving. Cynthia Patag and Jim Paredes, two of the most vocal critics of President Duterte, have once again inflicted themselves on the general public. While it may be prudent to simply let their idiocy pass…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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AMIDST the darkening clouds across the Persian Gulf, we need to hope that Kuwait’s mediation effort, supported by France, Iran, Morocco, Pakistan, Turkey, the US, Germany and the African Union, among others, could restore harmony and stability to the region which plays a vital role in the global fight against…

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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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