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SEOUL: South Korea’s recent fall in global press freedom rankings comes as no particular surprise to Choi Seung-Ho. “Sometimes it feels as if we’re moving back to the era before 1987,” the investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker said, referring to the decades of repressive military rule that preceded South Korea’s…

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The Communist Manifesto proclaims: “The proletariat can no longer liberate itself without at the same time liberating the whole of society.” Given this Marxist dictum, are not Philippine workers being currently subjected to a most severe test? Duterte’s killing rampage goes on unabated and there appears to be no let…

JOSE V. ROMERO JR., PHD.

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First of Two Parts Today, global geopolitics fundamentals are being altered. The pre-war era of European colonialism in Asia that started in the 16th and 17th centuries ended half a century ago. This gave rise to a resurgent Asian nationalism as former colonies gained independence. The political void left by…

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I’d like to take up an intriguing follow-up question on inverted sentences posted recently on my Facebook page by grammar enthusiast Marianne Freya Gutib. The question refers to my July 30, 2016 column where I picked the pronoun “they” as the correct pronoun in this inverted sentence that she presented:…

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The death of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago may, in fact, be symbolic of a Senate that has lost its brilliance and has been so diminished. No, don’t get me wrong. The decline of the Senate as an institution did not start with Senator Leila de Lima barging in at the tail…

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Black’s Law Dictionary defines sovereignty as “the supreme, absolute, and uncontrollable power by which any independent state is governed.” It is likewise “the paramount control of the Constitution and frame of government and its administration.” The 1987 Philippine Constitution, in Article II, Section 1 thereof, specifically states that, “Sovereignty resides…

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The President erred initially when he infelicitously mentioned 3 million Jews as Holocaust victims, putting to overtime work, again, the frantic office of Corrections, Recantations, Apologies and Palusots (CRAP). Hitler was behind the VW (my first car in 1971) but we don’t remember him for that feat. The Jews, vilified…

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This is my third and last week in Iran. So far with my tour group of 12, we have traveled 3,300 kilometers by bus from Yazd, where we came by plane from Tehran, crossing deserts and mountains (Zagros Mountains), passing by fields of wheat and orchards of pomegranate and figs…

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REALITY in any sphere of human life is complex. One can better satisfy the inquiring mind if reality is not perceived in bits and pieces. But to develop a mind that can appreciate a phenomenon from peripheral angles, calls for being able to relate the “bits and pieces” that impact…

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