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A curious case of thievery was reported by the Times yesterday. An officer of Bangko Sental ng Pilipinas in Cotabato ripped off P32.7 million in government funds by using an admirably simple ruse. It seems the bank notes are put in wrappers signifying their denominations: P100 and P1000 bills. Verlina…

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Reports of Taiwanese beating Filipino workers on the street and at work in retaliation for the killing of their countryman by Filipino Coast Guard on Balintang Channel is most disturbing. To state the obvious, these workers had nothing to do with the incident. And yet the newspapers carry stories of…

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Manila’s was one of the most ugly and bitterly fought local political fights in last week’s elections. Yet, the contest between incumbent Mayor Alfredo Lim and former President Joseph Estrada ended elegantly after all. Lim, who the Commission on Elections said lost to Estrada by 30,427 votes, promptly conceded defeat…

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Where would Philippine movies be without its colorful character actors and actresses whose job is to be as unpopular as possible? These are the men and women who specialize in playing the villain, and whom Filipino audiences love to hate. The moviegoers hiss and scream obscenities at these villains, whenever…

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It seems the barangay elections will take place in October after all, with President Aquino turning down suggestions that the exercise be postponed yet again. It was Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. who made the suggestion. We understand his reluctance to hold the polls. We have just emerged from a…

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Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. wants his critics silenced. He is threatening to sue his critics. We dare him to include this paper and those who like us carried the criticisms by experts, some of whom are former Comelec officials. Well, we in the Manila Times refuse to be cowed.…

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The canvassing of votes is moving at a glacial pace. This is unacceptable. We live in an era when information hurtles at the speed of light. Instead of giving us speed, the Smartmatic system has given us delays. Here we are, six days after the elections, and the Commission on…

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Commission on Elections (Comelec) chief Sixto Brillantes should now admit what so many sectors have been saying all along. There were numerous glitches with the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines that Smartmatic leased to the Comelec for the 2010 elections and then sold the country for the just concluded…

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For many days now, CNN has been showing trailers of “The Fighters,” the Philippine episode of its laudable “Freedom Project.” This project is an effort to help vanquish slavery, torture and trafficking of persons by producing in-depth documentaries. The CNN Freedom Project began broadcasting two years ago. Since then CNN…

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From the 12 senators down to the councilors and councilmen who won in the May 13 elections, and everyone in between, this is the Poll winners must live up to their promisestime to thank the electorate for entrusting them with their votes. More than being grateful, the winners should now…

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