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DURING the gala dinner at the Asean summit, President Rodrigo Duterte broke into an unrehearsed and impromptu song number to oblige a request from visiting US President Donald Trump. His vociferous critics immediately labeled him a little brown monkey for doing what the leader of our former colonial master had…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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SO many people were clearly disappointed that US President Donald Trump and other world leaders failed to raise the human rights issue with President Rodrigo Duterte during the two-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and East Asia summits. They avoided any mention of the drug killings in the Philippines…

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IT would have been a photojournalist’s dream photo opportunity, posing the world’s three most powerful leaders—President Xi Jinping of China, President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Donald Trump of the United States—for a major photograph that would rival the triumvirate photos in World War II, which helped…

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SHOULD President Rodrigo Duterte host an international summit on human rights? “It will be a welcome initiative,” said European Union Parliament member Enrique Guerrero Salom of Spain. But London-based Amnesty International said the Philippines had no moral ascendancy to host it, due to the thousands of alleged extrajudicial killings in…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is now 50 years old, and at least 20 world leaders are in town to help us celebrate its achievement. Asean as such is twice older than the 23-year-old European Union, which was established by the Maastricht Treaty in 1993, although its precursor,…

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In other Supreme Courts across the democratic world, deep divisions on how to interpret the law of the land are said to have little impact on the personal relationships between and among the sitting magistrates. The War of Words does not translate into loss of civility. The US Supreme Court…

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