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When it comes to matters of law, Fr. Ranhilio Aquino, dean of San Beda Graduate School of Law, is among the leading minds in town. And in matters of faith, this believer also holds him in high stead. So, one was gratified when Fr. Aquino cited this writer’s March 16…

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The June 19 affair at Camp Aguinaldo hosted by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) got a low-key media treatment. And the print and broadcast stories had a predictable peg – the DOTr’s grand plan to modernize and upgrade the quality of passenger jeepneys. Even the minor stories before the event…

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FIRST WORD I HAVE been watching BBC’s HARDtalk from way back when Tim Sebastian was still its host, and since Stephen Sackur took over the interview program in 2004. I thought and still think it is far and away the toughest interview show on television, daring to grill its titled…

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HOUSE Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is on the warpath against the judiciary, when the last thing the country needs now is for these two branches of government to be at each other’s throats while the President is busy fighting another war in Marawi. I am not a lawyer. But in my…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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Writer’s note: In yesterday’s issue, The Manila Times wrote: “Palace denies Tatad’s claim Duterte had mild stroke.” I never made any such claim. I reported on Monday, quoting Cabinet sources, what Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. was said to have told some members of the Cabinet last Friday about the President’s health. Nothing would make me happier than to know the President never visited Cardinal Santos Medical Center, and never had any procedure of any kind. Mr. Evasco will have to deny ever having…

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First Word MY column on tourism marketing and nation-branding (“Three times, the DoT copied tourism campaigns of other states,” Manila Times, June 20,2017) has brought a harvest of letters from here at home and abroad. No letter has been more stirring than this note from Miss International herself, Gemma Cruz-Araneta,…

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A YEAR into this President, and after the epic failure that is this Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), I am now beginning to think that contrary to what we would like to believe, maybe what we’ve seen to be a crisis in communications is the communications strategy. After all, look…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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NOT at all. But we have to work very hard to avoid doing so. The worst of the Marawi standoff appears to be in sight, but there is reason to believe the Islamic State’s grip on Southeast Asia, through its Eastern Province in the Philippines, has just begun. Although we…

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