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“Duterte orders nationwide crackdown vs ‘colorum’ buses.” It is sad to note that we only take notice after a major accident takes place. These illegal public transport vehicles can easily be spotted if we are really serious about dealing with this problem. Lives of passengers are costly reminders just for…

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THE signs are everywhere that the Philippines will soon shed its quixotic distinction as one of only two states in the world that still has no divorce law (the other is the Vatican). The 17th Congress is stirring with activity to give birth to a divorce law. The…

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THAT was fast. President Rodrigo Duterte just called for reconciliation with his political rivals to unite the nation – and one of the opposition’s most prominent representatives was immediately reported to be seeking entry into his daughter’s new political organization. But has Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino, also known as “Bam,”…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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The Salisbury poisoning
A NERVE agent poisoning has occurred in England, in which Sergei Skripal, a 66-year-old former Russian military intelligence colonel— who spied for Britain from the early 1990s to 2004 and served in a Moscow prison for six years before being returned to London in a spy swap…

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

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TO be quite frank, I was stunned when Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) chair Andrea Domingo told the press a few days ago that the agency would approve not one, but two mammoth casinos to operate in Boracay. The other day, she even had the signing ceremony for Pagcor’s…

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I JOIN the discussion of the ICC controversy (the case vs Duterte and PH withdrawal from the ICC) regrettably late, because my time has been taken by research on other subjects and other issues. That said and with due apologies, I will still claim my…

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IT’S already been reported that President Rodrigo Duterte is unhappy with some of his Cabinet members, though he didn’t really say if he’s firing anyone soon. I’m guessing, however, that Duterte must be very unhappy with Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. these days—and that Evasco himself seems hell-bent on going…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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WHETHER we’re talking of the “war on drugs” and the decision to avoid international sanctions by quitting the International Criminal Court, the “war on corruption” and the plan to make the controversial Janet Napoles a “state witness,” the “war on the Supreme Court Chief Justice” and the need to remove…

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