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Here’s a trivia question: What did Saint Francisco Marto, the boy among the three shepherd children who saw the Blessed Virgin Mary a century ago in countryside Portugal, have to do to get to heaven? Here’s another: What requests did Lucia Dos Santos, the eldest of the three visionaries aged…

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There are probably very few spaces at the London School of Economics and Political science (LSE) that are not shadowed by the ghost of the Fabian Society and the Webb couple. The cliché-sounding “for the betterment of society,” the grand theme upon which the LSE was founded, was the grand…

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First word NOW I understand why columnist Suzanne Fields calls Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, a “superstar in the cabinet of Donald Trump”. In an administration that has been wracked by disarray and missteps, the former governor of South Carolina has emerged as the most forceful…

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THE elected representatives of the people, or at least the 26 members of the justice committee of the House of Representatives, including majority leader Rudy Fariñas and its chair, Rep. Rey Umali, have decided to dismiss the impeachment complaint filed against Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andy Bautista on the…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
—George Santayana
I COULD not ascertain with sufficient accuracy the demographic profile of those who marched yesterday to denounce the proclamation of martial law and the suspension of the privilege…

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

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PRESIDENT Duterte should fire Commission on Human Rights head and Liberal Party stalwart Jose Gascon. Let the courts rule if this is unconstitutional, as the Yellow Cultists claim.
Duterte should invoke the wisdom of the saint of Gascon’s Yellow Cult, President Corazon Aquino, who ruled that the CHR head serves…

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A CHARACTER in the fine film, “Sideways,” has written a novel, which he has entitled, The Day After Yesterday, meaning, of course, today. Today, September 21, 2017, the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by President Ferdinand Marcos on September 21 (or 23), 1972, has been…

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THERE is no doubt. President Ferdinand Marcos was very much into myth-making. In fact, the entire backbone of his ideology embodied the installation of symbols and metaphors of nation-building. We can debate on how truthful or accurate these were, but one needs to realize that truthfulness and accuracy are not…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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AFTER threatening to place the entire country under martial law or declare a revolutionary government, should untoward incidents mar the planned leftwing protest marches on the 45th anniversary of Ferdinand Marcos’ proclamation of Martial Law tomorrow, President Rodrigo Duterte has apparently decided to lead the commemoration by suspending work and…

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

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IN a span of a lifetime, and with regard to the Marcos era, we are seeing the truth of a quote attributed to Bavarian playwright Ernest Toller: “History is the propaganda of the victors.” Winston Churchill revised that to the more well-known: “History is written by the victors.” That itself…

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