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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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The visit of Pope Francis to Brazil, site of World Youth Day 2013, puts in sharp focus the debilitating poverty, which social scientists maintain is caused by the ruling class appropriating for themselves resources that properly belong to the people. The observation applies to the Philippines as well, as it…

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THERE’S no reason for President Benigno Aquino 3rd to take so much time reviewing the NBI report on the shooting to death by Philippine Coast Guard people of a Taiwan Chinese fisherman on May 9. The incident has caused great grief not just to the Taiwan people, particularly the relatives…

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Last Sunday, a Taiwan Coast Guard patrol vessel rescued a drifting Philippine fishing boat with three Filipinos on it.   The rescue took place 80 nautical miles from southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Port. The three Philippine fishermen on the fishing boat—Ronald Q. Dumaran, Edwin C. Zoilo and Hener Mendoza—were given comfort and…

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The Aquino administration is about to propose a P27 billion worth of Priority Development Assistance Fund in next year’s national budget. We will grant that President Benigno Aquino 3rd would rather not include the item in response to the cry for the PDAF abolition. It’s just that he is held…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd was piqued. In his State of the Nation Address last Monday, he revealed that corruption at the Bureau of Customs has perpetuated a culture of smuggling that has defied repeated efforts of government to weed out. The annual loss from smuggling, lamented the President, is a…

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Last Tuesday was a major nightmare for many commuters in Manila. It was the day the city closed its streets to provincial buses, on the strength of an existing ordinance. City Hall said the provincial bus ban was not a spur-of-the-moment decision, and that it had consulted with the public…

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It was nothing more than a distraction, but the parade of congresswomen and congressmen’s wives in glittering gowns at the opening of the 16th Congress demonstrated the insensitivity of the country’s ruling class. The fashion show—no other way to describe it—was more appropriate in an Oscar’s night, except for the…

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As he did in his first three State of the Nation Addresses (SONA), President Benigno Aquino 3rd delivered his report to the Filipino people in the vernacular. He himself noted that this would be his fourth SONA, and only two more were on the horizon. After this, the President, popularly…

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There was exasperation, even anger in his voice as he lamented what he called the depiction by the media of criminals as heroes and policemen as criminals. Director General Alan Purisima of the Philippine National Police (PNP) was missing the point. If we may inform the country’s top cop, the…

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