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Christmas is an occasion for Filipinos to reflect anew on an institution that is most important to them – the family, and the union that serves as its basis, marriage. It is no accident that God’s most important intervention in human history, the birth of Christ to a poor but…

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The initiative of goodwill taken by President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday to suspend combat operations against the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines throughout the Christmas holidays — despite his security officials’ recommendation to the contrary — has yielded the desired result. Two days later, the New People’s Army…

NEW POC ELECTIONS BY COURT ORDER:

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The recent decision of a Filipino RTC judge to nullify a patently fraudulent and rigged board election by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) may be the gift to national sports that is essential for a renaissance of the sector in this country of more than 100 million people. The POC…

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Optimism about the Philippine economy toward 2018 seems to be growing among economic analysts and the business community as the year-end approaches. The emerging and developing market narrative continues to propel the Philippines forward and upward in the global quest for growth. While the US, Europe and Japan economies gain…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte finally signed into law on Tuesday the first package of his government’s proposed tax reform measures under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) plan. Overall, it is a step toward good fiscal policy, despite some last-minute criticisms before the signing of the bill. The criticisms…

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For nearly three decades now, since former President Corazon Aquino Aquino foolishly decided to release detained Communist leaders, including Jose Maria Sison, as a gesture of reconciliation by her post-EDSA revolutionary government, the Philippine communist supremo has been holed up in comfortable exile in the Netherlands. He and some of…

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Besides pointing to possible mistakes and wrongdoing in the adoption and purchase of the Dengvaxia immunization vaccine, the Senate inquiry into the vaccine deal also served to highlight the importance of the Fomulary Executive Council (FEC) of the Department of Health (DOH) in the public health system. There can be…

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Twenty-seventeen (2017) was a big year for Chinese construction activities in the South China Sea. The report this week by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) is nothing less than alarming, as it shows that “[w]hile pursuing diplomatic outreach toward its Southeast Asian neighbors, Beijing continued substantial construction activities on…

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WE did not have a negative opinion against the declaration of martial law in Marawi City after it was taken over by the renegade and insurgent so-called “Islamic State (IS).” We rejoiced when government forces and the area’s local governments regained Marawi from the rebels. We agree that IS and…

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