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IT’S been 10 years since the Muslim holiday of Eid’l Fitr, or the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, was declared a nationwide holiday under a law passed by Congress, on the initiative of the Arroyo administration. The Eid, also known as Hari Raya Puasa in Malay, is…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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SEN. Antonio Trillanes 4th, the anti-Duterte senator who has recently caught the eye of some international broadcasters, has been panned by some critics for his rather insipid replies on HARDtalk, the British Broadcasting Corp.,’s interview program known for its tough, caustic, if not downright rude questions from its host. He…

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THE Philippines is the only country in Southeast Asia that made it to Tier 1 in the 2016 Trafficking-in-Persons Report issued by the United States Department of State. This week, we expect the US government to release its 2017 report. Are we facing a downgrade from Tier 1 to Tier…

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IF harsh penalty can stop the commission of a crime, we should be living in a peaceful world. But we are not, despite the existence of so many laws prescribing stiff penalties against certain crimes. What penalty could be worse than imprisonment for life in cramped and stinky jails, with…

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A WEB story ran recently (brought to my attention by a friend who was asked by his friend to have the information verified): “President Donald Trump signed an executive order allowing all Asian nationals to travel to the United States without a visa. “ The web “report” does not have…

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LAST week, the Philippines and China formalized an agreement under which the latter gave the former a grant for the construction of two bridges in Metro Manila. This is the “first ever infrastructure partnership project under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte” between the two countries, reported The Manila…

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In the postwar world, globalization was led by the West but it benefited only a few advanced economies. After China’s three decades of rapid growth, the Belt and Road initiatives hold potential for more inclusive globalization. LAST May, the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation flooded Beijing with almost…

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