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There’s a disturbing pattern of the rich and powerful successfully running rings around the justice system, and these people are invariably those who defraud or steal from the government big time. Delfin Lee, president of Globe Asiatique Realty Holdings Corp., is accused of syndicated estafa. There is no progress in…

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Yesterday was declared a national holiday by the government for reasons that remain unclear. Fans of the De La Salle University Green Archers can, with good humor, say that it was in celebration of the team’s improbable annexing of the UAAP men’s basketball title over the weekend. Fans of the…

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When do bonuses become excessive? The president and CEO of the Social Security System along with his board of directors must be asking themselves this question, following the public outcry over the P1 million bonuses they granted themselves last year, but which became known only recently. Emilio de Quiros Jr.…

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The legislators are still at it. One should think that by now they would drop the idea of using the suffering of people to justify their pork barrel allocations. No, they’re just too thick-skinned for that. Or maybe they think we are a nation of suckers. Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza…

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The Philippines can turn Asia’s aging population to its advantage.  Chief Economist Bert Hofman of the World Bank, in a video conference, projected that more and more manufacturing concerns will consider relocating to the Philippines because of its young and well-educated population. The country, however, must prepare itself for that…

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Today The Manila Times is observing its 115th anniversary. That’s right, this venerable publication has been in existence for more than a century, making it the oldest existing English language newspaper in the Philippines. It was also the most read daily, but that was in the past. Not anymore. The…

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By her own admission, Megan Young is scared of heights. “I am just afraid of getting up there, but I am willing to take the challenge and face my fears,” the new Miss World said in an interview in London just days after she was crowned at the pageant’s glittering…

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More and more, it is becoming apparent that Senate President Franklin Drilon and Budget Secretary Butch Abad had a greater hand in the use—we will not yet say manipulation—of the Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP than what they have admitted thus far. Prior to his elevation as Senate president, Drilon…

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Why should we care about the US Government shutdown? It will have an effect on us, that’s why. Of course, the whole world will suffer if the standoff between the Republican-dominated House of Representatives and the Obama administration goes unresolved for two more weeks. The US Government won’t be able…

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It comes as no surprise when Malacañang announced over the weekend that four senators had requested that millions of pesos from the government’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) be remitted to ghost non-government organizations known to have been set up by “businesswomen” Janet Lim Napoles. This, after those same lawmakers presumably…

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