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FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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President Rodrigo Duterte is now the most powerful President in the nation’s history—more powerful than the late former President Ferdinand Marcos ever was at the height of Martial Law. This appears to be the confident view of many political observers and well-known CEOs. This is because where Marcos needed to…

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First read Through Facebook, I was able to access a purported and still unauthenticated report in Time magazine on the Duterte administration’s war on drugs. Entitled, “The Killing Time: Inside Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s War on Drugs” and bylined by a certain Rishi Iyengar, the report was allegedly published in…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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I have tried not to be drawn into the public debate on the Marcos burial for obvious reasons. I had served as Marcos’ press secretary, spokesman, Secretary/Minister of Public Information from 1969 to 1980, and although I was the only Cabinet member who resigned six years before Marcos fell, I…

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

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Most definitely yes, either out of his sheer incompetence, or outright complicity. That’s the only conclusion one would get after the police all over the country, following incoming President Duterte’s announced priority, have arrested or killed more than 200 drug lords and dealers in just a few weeks. All of…

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ON strictly legal grounds, lawyers and justices will probably consider this as immaterial and irrelevant to the case of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo that has now moved to the Supreme Court for resolution. But I put it to the learned justices and the nation—that it is in every way…

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

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Outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd should be very worried that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, according to his incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd, had ordered him “to “investigate the Disbursement Acceleration Program (illegal funds releases) and look into the liabilities of officials responsible for it.”

Aguirre even noted: “He told me that charges should be filed no matter who…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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[Published May 17, 2016] Zeal in excess? In my desire to be constructive, I may have bent too much to give the May 9 elections the benefit of the doubt. In this column, I will have to take back certain mistaken impressions I may have conveyed to the public, in…

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