Editorial

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Hallelujah! The Philippines has posted a 7.8 percent growth in the first quarter of the year. The feat is described by some people as outstanding, which means that they have already stopped believing we have the ability to pull ourselves out of the economic mess we have consigned ourselves into…

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A year after he was removed from office for lying in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net worth, former Chief Justice Renato Corona is living the life of a gentleman. He is taking leisurely lunches with friends and admirers, spending time in the gym and—we didn’t know he was…

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Best selling author Dan Brown got it wrong. It is not the capital city of Manila that is the gates of hell. The true gates of hell—perhaps even hell on earth itself—would have to be the country’s network of jails and prisons where minors are thrown in alongside adults, hygienic…

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Before Malacanang and/or the Department of Foreign Affairs accuses Philippine media of being biased or inaccurate—specifically where the issue of the reported blacklisting by France of the country due to aid fraud is concerned—it should first check the source of the news report. The source of the story was an…

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It is exasperating the way DILG Secretary Mar Roxas responds to the killing of seven policemen in Cagayan on May 27. Mr. Roxas condemns “the savagery of the attack,” which, he says, “has no place in our society.” His beef is, Communist rebels use land mines, weapons prohibited under international…

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Chairman Francis Tolentino of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority shouldn’t have sent that letter to Dan Brown, author of Inferno, now a fast-selling potboiler. Or he should have at least refrained from giving the media a copy of the letter. Mr. Tolentino’s obvious objective is to profess his love for the…

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It is quite shocking to learn that the Commonwealth Immigration Act of 1940 (AKA Commonwealth Act 613) has remained unchanged since it was enacted. The date says it all. The Act became law before World War II. There is no question that the world back then is far different from…

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The presence of a flotilla of Chinese fishing ships on the Ayungin Shoals is clearly an affront to Philippine sovereignty. And the fact that these poachers are escorted by warships indicate that China has no respect whatsoever for another country’s borders. The United States, with whom we regularly hold military…

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One newspaper [not The Times] reported that the probe on the shooting that led to the death of Taiwanese fisherman on Balintang Channel cannot proceed just yet because of additional conditions imposed by the Taiwanese government. The Filipino Coast Guard had fired at Taiwanese fishing vessel in an attempt, it…

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There is a widely-held belief among entrepreneurs that the food business is the best venture to invest in for the simple reason that everybody has to eat. From the lowliest street food vendor peddling fish balls, chicken feet and God knows what else, to the toniest restaurants where thousand peso…