Op-Ed Columns

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DAKAR, Senegal: Regime change in Africa may not guarantee greater democracy but, as Robert Mugabe’s downfall shows, patience for autocrats who overstay their welcome is wearing ever thinner, experts say. After 37 years of outmaneuvering his political enemies, Mugabe was finally cornered on Tuesday and handed in his resignation, announced…

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CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT OF THE 31ST ASEAN SUMMIT 13 NOVEMBER 2017, MANILA, PHILIPPINES 4th installment Inclusive Business 63. We welcomed the adoption of the ASEAN Inclusive Business (IB) Framework by the ASEAN Economic Ministers, which institutionalizes and mainstreams IB into ASEAN’s economic community-building efforts, particularly on MSME development. We recognized the…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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IT’S got nothing to do with President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war. Or the South China Sea disputes between China and the Philippines or Vietnam. Or the North Korean nuclear threat against Japan and the United States. But it is not less important than any of these hot-button issues. And except…

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EIGHTEEN months have passed since the last elections in May 2016, the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee (JCOC) has not convened yet to deliberate on the performance of the automated election system (AES) used then and to discuss the AES technology to be used in the 2019 midterm elections. Most of…

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MUKESH Ambani, Asia’s richest man with a net worth of $44.8 billion and rising, owns the tallest family house in the world, a 27-story monstrosity that is as tall as your regular office building with 60 floors. The Ambani family residence on Altamount Road, Cumbala Hill in Mumbai—many of our…