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President Rodrigo Duterte’s ban on Kuwait-bound OFWs and 72-hour deadline from Friday to repatriate the remaining, mostly maltreated, Filipino workers from the Arab country only heighten the need for expediency to formulate a well thought out government program to absorb millions of them back into the local economy. President Duterte…

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THE recent statements of Jose Maria Sison, founding chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), further justify the Duterte administration’s decision to declare the CPP and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), as terrorists. Following the arrest of consultants of the National Democratic Front (NDF), the…

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IT is annoying and unfriendly that the Canadian government has introduced from out of the blue extraneous matters into an agreement, that was signed back in 2014, for Canada to sell helicopters to the Philippines. With the helicopters due for delivery next year, the Canadian government has suddenly ordered a…

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The current controversies surrounding the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) show just how tough it is for any crusader to clean up what President Rodrigo Duterte called the “most corrupt government agency” at the beginning of his term. Any skilled general manager assigned to this agency with a firm resolve…

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MORE than 20 years ago, the nation was shocked by the brazen killing of the well-loved bishop of Jolo, Sulu, Benjamin de Jesus, right in front of his cathedral. De Jesus’ death on February 4, 1997 was mourned not just by the tiny Catholic minority in Jolo, but also by…

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One of the surprise public discoveries from the exhaustive and exhausting House committee hearings on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is that the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is far from effective as a filter for screening and recommending appointees to the judiciary. The council is…

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Two successive developments have left the Commission on Elections (Comelec) looking forlorn and headless. The first development was the forced resignation last year of former Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista under a hail of scandal and controversy. That reduced the election body to six commissioners The second was the retirement (upon…

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The Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap, or Kadamay, the urban poor group aligned with the Left, is always in the news for all the wrong reasons. This time could be its own undoing. Last week, a Kadamay member was shown in a video clip during a TV news broadcast alleging that…

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A colorful personality has evidently emerged from the Duterte administration that could rival former President ‘Noynoy’ Aquino’s sister, Kris Aquino, in her most controversial form. She is none other than Presidential Communications Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson. There would be no need for Communications Secretary Martin Andanar to disown…

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