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The Dengvaxia scandal has now festered for over half a year without approaching closure or resolution, even as various bodies have ventured to investigate it. We trust that the announcement on Dengvaxia by the World Health Organization (WHO) last Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland, is a development that will bring us…

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ONLY about one in 10 Filipinos—11 percent, according to a recent survey on financial inclusion conducted by the BSP—have savings for retirement or old age, a statistic that might not be alarming to our country’s young population now, but inevitably will be if the savings rate does not improve in…

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THE Catholic Church in the Philippines at this point in history is a church in flux. To recall, the church hierarchy had yet to recover from its stunning defeat in the reproductive health (RH) bill debate when President Rodrigo Duterte swept to power in mid-2016 and took swipes at the…

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With the Supreme Court now set to vote on the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida against Chief Justice (on-leave) Maria Lourdes Sereno, the odds of Sereno being ousted are stacked overwhelmingly against her. Everything is over but the voting. The designated ponente for the court ruling,…

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Issues related to rice are once again making headlines – from the depletion of the National Food Authority’s stocks to alleged mischief in importing that grain. It’s déjà vu. And frankly, it’s frustrating that no one has come up with a better system. The Duterte administration can resolve this recurring…

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It is both embarrassing and astonishing to see Filipino lawyers petitioning for United Nations intervention in our national affairs on account of President Rodrigo Duterte’s statements against Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno, which they deem as threats to lawyers and judges. Why, in a nation under the rule of law, would…

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ECONOMIC growth in the Philippines, which has not only been among the fastest in Asia for some time but has also been remarkably consistent for the past several years, is certainly admirable, and a justifiable point of pride for the country. Recent news, however, has provided a bit of a…

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THE jet-setting Liberals drew flak this week after their group photo at Berlin’s Holocaust memorial made the rounds of social media, and rightly so. The photo in question shows the all-smiling top leadership of the erstwhile ruling Liberal Party, led by its titular head, Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo,…

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The Economist in its April 5 issue carried an article that said Asian countries have launched phony assaults on fake news and are finding mixed results. The article reported among others the following: In Malaysia, the Lower House of Parliament passed on April 2nd a law, which decrees that those…

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It is a sad day whenever a full–fledged magazine or a newspaper publication in the country shuts down its operations and bids goodbye to readers. It is like an earthquake, or an upheaval, for the nation’s media industry when no less than six affiliated major publications stop printing at the…

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