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FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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SINCE July 1, 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte has pursued what he calls an “independent foreign policy.” This appears consistent with the provision of the 1987 Constitution, but until he came to power, no Filipino President has ever defined it in its peculiar terms. During the better part of the past…

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

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But Aquino 3rd ignored it, as well as Arroyo’s Proclamation 1064 BORACAY’s elite lording it over the island shouldn’t take lightly President Duterte’s threat to close it down if they don’t reverse the degradation of the island into a cesspool. It is the state which has ownership of this once…

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Part 1
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IN late December last year, I wrote a column on the subject of resignation from public office (“Resigning public office is a moral act,” Manila Times, December 28,2017), which addressed the phenomena then of Paolo Duterte’s sudden resignation as Davao City

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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IN a recent column (“I’m a dictator, says DU30—is there any objection?”, The Manila Times, February 12, 2018), I wrote about President Rodrigo Duterte’s reported decision to allow Huawei, the leading Chinese information and communications technology solutions provider, to create a “facial…

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

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I DEVOTED my last column to reprint the first part of a slightly edited version of a New York Times (NYT) magazine February 8 article entitled “The Rise of China and the Fall of the ‘Free Trade’ Myth.” It debunks what’s known as the neoliberal ideology…

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Xi Jinping, China’s supreme leader, has learned a valuable lesson from Vladimir Putin. Annexing territories, like what Mr. Putin did with Crimea in March of 2014, is always a win-win thing. After the annexation of Crimea and the balkanization of Ukraine, Mr. Putin’s political stock did not only rise. There…

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Here we go again. It’s that sullen time of year when mass vestments turn penitential purple, Fridays are meatless, and two days, last Ash Wednesday and Good Friday on March 30, we have to skip meals. And the faithful undertake varying degrees of prayer, mortification, and charity — all to…

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THE Senate has declared former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andy Bautista in contempt and has ordered his arrest, an order that is practically useless considering that he is already somewhere in the US. That Bautista was able to leave the country is in itself a puzzle. He was already…

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