Analysis

JOSE V. ROMERO JR., PHD.

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(First of 2 parts) AFTER dribbling the levy fund issue for decades, the Supreme Court has spoken, depriving the coconut industry and its farmers of no less than P25 billion in levy funds. Many of us in the industry cannot be convinced that these funds did not emanate, albeit indirectly,…

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MACAU, China: Kim Jong-Nam’s modest life in Macau was a far cry from the opulence and power enjoyed by his half-brother, the supreme leader of North Korea, but he was still seen by Pyongyang as a dangerous pretender to the ruling family throne. Friends in the Chinese gambling enclave spoke…

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THIS paper’s headline last Monday grabbed me by the scruff of my neck: “Duterte releases P2B for quake victims.” Under what authority, we weren’t told. Was it to imply that he had to be credited for such allocation? He has the power of the sword—but the power of the purse?…

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LAST week I mentioned the Hispanic Society of New York, a 100-year-old institution that is a museum cum research library of Hispanic studies i.e. material from Spain, Portugal and their colonies, including the Philippines, dating from the colonial times of these countries. In 2007, fairly recently for a more-than-hundred-year-old institution,…

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PULITZER-winning author Thomas Friedman wrote in the New York Times that the emerging Chinese Dream should be different from the American Dream of “big car, big house, and big Macs for all.” In this country, dreams are as existential as shanties not being demolished, keeping odd jobs, sending children to…

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TRIPOLI: Libya’s transition has been bogged down by insecurity and chaos, leaving the country looking like a “failed state” six years after the NATO-backed uprising that ended Moamer Kadhafi’s rule. “We got rid of one dictator only to see 10,000 others take his place,” said Fatma al-Zawi, a Tripoli housewife,…

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Mr. President Rodrigo Duterte and the Commission on Appointments: The Save Sierra Madre Network Alliance Inc. (SSMNAI), a network alliance of more than 70 groups involved with environmental issues, has been able to advocate with Environment Secretary Gina Lopez for the care of Sierra Madre and for its protection from…

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Preparing for earthquakes should go beyond first aid preparation. Most of the time schools, companies and government offices equip employees, workers, and students the basic knowledge of stop, drop, cover, hold, and then evacuate to open spaces, as protocols in the event of an earthquake. As an extra preparation, like…

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