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WITH Communications Secretary Martin Andanar leading the Asean Ministers for Responsible Information (AMRI), the regional bloc’s seriousness in containing the spread of “fake news” becomes questionable. Remember that the former television news anchor had ceased to function as the primary spokesman of President Duterte after he irresponsibly accused members of…

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ONE week ago, the New People’s Army abducted 52-year old Gelino Vailoces near his home in Barangay Talakak, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental. Vailoces’ lifeless body was later found in Barangay Mantiquil, Siaton, 1.5 kilometers from the Special Civilian Armed Auxiliary (SCAA) detachment in Sitio Quadra where he was assigned. Sitio…

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Trump’s critics claim that he lacks a comprehensive approach to Asia. In reality, his current approach is aligned with moderate ‘America First’ goals. But what did Trump really achieve in Asia? WHILE former President Obama’s Asia pivot was based on multilateral trade agreements, which were mainly geopolitical and predicated on…

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THE Grinch came instead of Santa Claus, green instead of red, but verdant was cause for pause and holiday anguish. Next month’s US Visa Bulletin – announcing who are nearing the end of their immigrant visa waiting days – stopped visa interviews and left hundreds of thousands hanging until next…

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CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT OF THE 31ST ASEAN SUMMIT 13 NOVEMBER 2017, MANILA, PHILIPPINES First Installment 1. We, the Heads of State/Government of ASEAN Member States, gathered for the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila on 13 November 2017 under the Chairmanship of the Republic of the Philippines with the theme “Partnering for…

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I was at the Senate this Thursday, November 16 and I saw a champion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the person of Sen. Richard J. Gordon. His interpellation was about the budget for our men in uniform. True to form, he minced no words decrying the…

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Last of 2 parts THE organizers of the Asean Business and Investment Summit have also asked me to speak on the issue of human capital movements with regard to our prospects for integration. Asean integration is supposed to provide the opportunity to any country in the region. We have Mutual…

COMMENTARY

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Finally, the Philippines is taking giant steps to catch up with other countries in the field of education. A number of critical steps are being implemented to enhance and develop the education system. The K-to-12 (Kindergarten to Grade 12) program has been rolled out, and although the Philippines was the…

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BONN: There was a telling moment at the 23rd edition of UN climate talks that underscored both the life-and-death stakes in the fight against global warming, and how hard it is for this belabored forum to rise to the challenge. Twelve-year-old Timoci Naulusala from Fiji, a nation disappearing under rising…

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WASHINGTON: The latest US and Russian bid to find enough common ground on which to build some hope for Syria is in trouble, just days ahead of talks that could make or break the peace process. A United Nations mediator has called on Bashar al-Assad’s regime and a beleaguered opposition…

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