Editorial

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The Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), known to all as pork barrel, was created with the most noble of intentions. Since senators and members of the House of Representatives always have to meet with their constituents who bring with them all sorts of problems that they expect the lawmakers to…

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If we demand of our athletes that they win honors for the country, then we must recruit men and women with championship potentials at a very young age—and wholeheartedly support them. There is an embarrassment of riches out there in terms of Olympics-class talents, with close to 100 million people…

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The global terror alert issued by the US State Department a couple of days ago has repercussions that will almost certainly affect the Philippines. While Americans have been warned against traveling to predominantly Islamic nations, the fact that there is a region of the country that is dominated by our…

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Why is it that Filipino athletes have fared poorly in international competitions (except boxing, taekwondo and karate, although the last named has also become problematic) since the last time we hosted the Southeast Games in 1995? The answer—as we have shown, with graphs and charts, in special reports over the…

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That there was an unusual number of registrants during the last day to register as a voter for the October elections a few days ago was suspicious, to say the least. The would-be voters trooped to the various Commission on Elections (Comelec) offices nationwide —especially in the National Capital Region…

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Once a problem has been clearly defined, the next logical step is to find the best possible solution, and then implement that solution. This is just as true for economics as it is with politics. In the economic field, the Philippines remains a relatively difficult place to do business, as…

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ONCE more, haters of truth, people who despise the free and open press, have attacked The Manila Times. Since the night of August 1, hackers have blitzed our online edition. They have been able to replace some of our content with strange symbols and Chinese characters. The hacking suddenly stops…

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Only the most innocent and naïve person will ask why anyone would want to work at the Bureau of Customs. Its head office may be located in the worst part of the nation’s capital. The area is dirty and becomes unsafe almost as soon as the sun sets. And the…

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The Cagayan de Oro City blast is just the latest of the series of attacks committed against civilians over the years, and these civilians have nothing to do with ideology or cause of whatever terrorist group that carried it out. Newspaper reports tell us that six people were killed, with…

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The national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) may be close to signing a final agreement ending decades of hostilities and setting the stage for the creation of a new autonomous region for Muslim Filipinos, but the two sides have yet to find a solution to the lingering…

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