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YOU know it’s nearing reelection time when our lawmakers, possibly in aid of name recall, start appearing in various congressional committee hearings, with seemingly no knowledge of the technical aspects of what they are inquiring about. I am not saying that this applies to all – perhaps only to some.…

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WE have romanticized the Philippine Revolution of 1986, also known as EDSA People Power Revolution so much that perhaps we got from it the wrong lesson. First, we always say that it was a peaceful revolution. I have stopped teaching this. True, the four-day protest of two million people at…

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WASHINGTON: It was a profoundly poignant image: Thirty to 40 teens huddled together in a small dark room, their downturned faces illuminated by cellphones as they learned about an active shooter prowling their school. Via news apps, these survivors of Wednesday’s murderous rampage at a Parkland, Florida, high school, where…

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WASHINGTON: I have never met the Pope, but I have followed his activities sedulously, as might be expected of a Roman Catholic. Pope Francis is an agent for change in his 2,000-year-old church, change in what Catholics believe and change in how they worship. Notwithstanding my never having met him,…

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NATIONAL HARBOR, United States: Florida college student Sarah Gibson renewed her National Rifle Association membership with a credit card swipe at a conservative conference Thursday, days after a deadly school shooting in her state triggered soul-searching about America’s gun violence. “I don’t think guns are the problem, they’re in fact…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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WHILE disappointed and angry friends wanted me to explain why I failed, in my last column (“DU30 should rethink his foreign policy now,” The Manila Times, February 21, 2018), to list down China’s most grievous “sins” against the Philippines and the Filipino people as reasons why President Rodrigo Duterte should…

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