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In his insightful 1983 book Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, Cornell University political scientist and historian Benedict Anderson propounded his theory that the nation, the most important community modern man belongs to and often claims he will die for, is really an “imagined community.” It…

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The victory of nine candidates from the administration-supported coalition ticket last May 13 doesn’t necessarily mean the upcoming Senate majority will be under the thumb of Malacanang. Except in the 8th Congress when Cory was president, groupings in the Senate were never determined by the relations of senators with Malacanang.…

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A supposed simple and routine police anti-drug operation turned deadly when a lone drug peddler overpowered three Quezon City cops killing one of them with the police officer’s own firearm. According to reports, PO1 Renato Tabago, assigned at the Batasan Hills Police Station, was stabbed several times as he was…

Ricardo Saludo

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After the House of Representatives was pork-barreled into signing without studying the Articles of Impeachment against then Chief Justice Renato Corona in December 2011, this writer warned: “A President unchecked and unbalanced by co-equal powers and independent constitutional bodies run by his handpicked appointees and under threat of Palace-orchestrated impeachment…

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I was fortunate enough to cross paths last week with former Ambassador to Italy and now Chairman of Abacus Holdings Jose V. Romero, and in the course of our brief conversation he made a most interesting point: The country and foreign investors have very different perceptions of their relationship. Government…

Atty. Dodo Dulay

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During their meeting on the sidelines at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Myanmar (formerly, Burma), President Benigno Aquino 3rd reportedly gave the Burmese Nobel laureate and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi tips on how to fight corruption and promote transparency. And in a speech at the closing plenary…