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Out of this planet’s 130 nations with representative democratic governments, it is only the Philippines in which voters—52 million of them in last elections—directly elect the powerful Senate consisting of just two dozen people. Either the Philippines is the most democratic country in the world—with its voters the most informed…

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When reelected Sen. Koko Pimentel files an amendatory bill reforming the party-list system as he had promised during the campaign, he should include a provision disqualifying party-list groups that had three consecutive representations in Congress in the next immediate election. At present, the Commission on Elections is disqualifying the nominees…

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Is the PNP Provincial Director in Pangasinan inutile that he can not shut down the illegal gambling in the province, or is he on the take from its operators for allowing them to continously operate under his very nose? Few months ago, residents and some religious organizations in Pangasinan reported…

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Ric Saludo’s CenSEI colleague Victoria Fritz contributed this column The virus kills one in every four people infected: 31 dead among 128 patients in China and Taiwan. That’s the grim statistic on the avian influenza microbe A(H7N9), compiled and calculated by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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IT is only when you go into business that you feel the government impositions, which are necessary. You don’t have any other choice but to accept them. Should you reject them, you would be operating illegally, which you won’t like to do, because you are in business for the long…

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Let’s clarify something straightaway: The depiction of Manila in Dan Brown’s new novel Inferno as the “gates of hell” is depressingly accurate, no matter how much Metro Manila Development Authority head Francis Tolentino is willing to embarrass himself with protestations to the contrary. In the book, one of the characters,…