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It is no secret that the eastern coasts of my home state of Sabah neighboring the Philippines are frequently harassed by self-styled “freedom fighters.” Their avowed goals range from creating a self-governing homeland for the Muslims in the southern Philippines, to declaring outright independence for the same, and even to…

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Friday, September 9, marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Mao Zedong, who led the Communist revolution to victory in 1949 and, after that, created turmoil in the country through one political movement after another, leading to widespread starvation. Despite causing the deaths of tens of millions of Chinese,…

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PRRD, in his less than 100 days in office, has made clear and direct offensives on two fronts: the war against illegal drugs and peace with the CPP-NPA-NDF and MNLF-MILF. Both fronts are not easy to tackle since the President needs to juggle other things in the process. A big…

ATTY. DODO DULAY

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Many folks from the business community are wondering why the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)’s Monetary Board – the public sector counterpart of the Board of Directors in private companies – gave Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) a mere slap on the wrist despite the BSP’s findings that the bank…

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Ronald dela Rosa, head of the Philippine National Police, reckons that since his boss, President Duterte, took office at the end of June, almost 2,000 people have been killed in the current crackdown on drugs. Of that number, he has said that police were responsible for killing 756 drug suspects.…

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I have a dog. His name is Almond. When I come home after spending hours in torturous traffic, his tail wags away all the karmic evil in my world. He loves pillows and so he has his own, and he lies on it when we watch TV together. I can…

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News items citing a report from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table (APGST) said “Canada is now in need of at least 36,000 workers for its transport sector.” Apparently, the number of posts needed to be filled up is more than what was…

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Tax reform has been figuring prominently in the news lately as President Rodrigo Duterte pursues his campaign promise to revisit the country’s tax system. Along with measures such as the reduction of individual and corporate income tax, the Department of Finance (DOF) also plans to lower estate tax: from a…

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“GOOD is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in…

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PHILIPPINE National Bank is a subsidiary of LT Group Inc., a listed company owned by businessman Lucio C. Tan and his family. It has 27 corporate stockholders, which also belong to LT Group. Like the LT Group, PNB is also listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange. The 27 LT Group…

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