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SO, the federal government is going to crack down on pot, is it? Really? How exactly is that going to work? There are 29 states that have legalized medicinal marijuana, eight of which have also OK’d recreational use. I’m thinking this cat is already out of the bag. There are…

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WASHINGTON: When US President Donald Trump launches into one of his tweetstorms it sometimes seems like the diplomatic world is gasping in unison—but not Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Many foreign policy professionals have set up alerts so their phones buzz in their pockets whenever the commander-in-chief insults a foreign…

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IT would have been a clean narrative. Rappler, an internet-based media organization has violated not only an ordinary law, but the Constitution, when it allowed a foreign entity to have some management control over its operations. And for that, it has to be penalized, and its certificate of registration revoked.…

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THE Philippines is an economic giant that is too shy to take big steps. It has the ingredients and the makings of a great nation, but it has been too preoccupied with looking for its conscience in fighting corruption and criminality. It’s been more than 50 years since I first…

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ACCORDING to Article 16, Section 11 of the Constitution, “the ownership and management of mass media shall be limited to citizens of the Philippines.” It is common knowledge that a free press is indispensable in a democratic society. The government may not interfere with what people say or write and,…

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LAST May 11, 2017, we published an article on the “Centrist Democratic Party (CDP) Roadmap to Federalism” in three steps. The first step is to put in place essential conditions while in the process of revising the 1987 Constitution; the second step is the immediate transition to parliamentary government after…

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IS Rappler engaged in mass media? No, if you are going to believe Rappler. Indeed, an absurd claim. But it was Rappler’s get out of constitutional responsibility card. As a tactic to circumvent the constitutional restriction on foreign ownership and management of mass media, Rappler Inc. claimed that they are…

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GLOBAL higher education has undergone major transformations, including the number of institutions, to methods of inquiry, and the number of students reached. Today, the discourse is focused on exploring the new role of business in higher education. It is argued that business and education can work together and collaborate with…

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THE discovery of Specter or Meltdown vulnerability in Intel, AMD, and ARM processor chips has set the tone for cybersecurity situation in 2018. Virtually all electronic devices that are built on these chips, the basic design of which apparently dates back to 1995, are rendered vulnerable to exploitation by attackers.…

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THE economic group under the heading of “resource extraction” can be called by another name—the “tubong lugaw” sector. Logging means clear-cutting timber stands that may have been there from time immemorial. The requirements to clear-cut forests are minimal: jumbo bulldozers to build mountain trails, giant and efficient saws, chains and…

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