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(Last of a series on ‘Retaking EDSA’) YOU can only fool the Filipino people for a while, but not for long, not for 31 years. There is a limit to the power to weave myths, and tell lies. Such power has an expiration date. And it appears that such has…

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THE summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) being hosted by the Philippines this year has an opportunity to defuse the escalating tension in the China Sea. With all the claimants sitting around the table some progress can be achieved if the dialogue among the participants effectively moderate…

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NO tears should fall, no sad songs should be sung for the arrest of Senator Leila de Lima for allegedly receiving drug money from convicts while she was the Secretary of Justice. She’s full of fight and I’m sure detention won’t make her waver in opposing how President Rodrigo Duterte…

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THE HAGUE: With anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders topping the polls ahead of next month’s elections, one small group is hoping to buck the trend: the country’s first party led by immigrants. Denk, or “think” in Dutch, wants to fight what it calls “institutional racism” by setting up a national…

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A FRIEND who attended last weekend’s Philippine Military Academy (PMA) rites where Digong spoke, found it weird that he would talk on a solemn occasion about his two wives (violative of the laws of God and man here) and his nostalgia for the quiet life qua mayor. As a fellow…

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GLOBALIZATION may seem like a new phenomenon but it is as old as maybe the Silk Road from China to Europe in the 13th and 14th century, as well as the Manila Galleon trade from 1565 and on for the next 250 years. I just read through a recently launched…

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CRITICISMS that the history being taught in the schools, particularly on the martial law period, has been inadequate prompted me to verify this impression with my graduate students. My class of mostly public schoolteachers have been the recipient of these remarks about the inadequate history that they teach. Given that…

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STOCKHOLM: Donald Trump’s controversial statements linking immigration and crime in Sweden, a country idealized by some for its liberal values, have sparked the nation to weigh the successes and failures of its integration policy. Two days after the US President’s baffling remarks on Saturday in Florida, where he suggested an…

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FROM a do-nothing scenario, Mindanao can reach its high development potential through envisioning alternative futures. In the next six years under the Duterte administration, we have the chance to develop it into a model for cultural assimilation and diversity, and sustainable smart cities that emerging countries and economies can follow.…

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IN 1991, when the Soviet Union collapsed from its own financial and bureaucratic weight, the United States emerged as the sole superpower in the world. At that crucial period, it would have been a great opportunity for the US to establish its global leadership and dominance worldwide. With the world’s…

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