Opinion

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WHILE the prim and proper among us shudder at vulgarity, history has given us a more charitable perspective on it. Vulgarity serves as a “crucial rhetorical weapon of the politically excluded,” Amber A’Lee wrote in Current Affairs. A prominent feature of the language of the people, it has been historically…

EDITORIAL

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More than saber-rattling and trading insults can achieve, quiet and calm diplomacy may have a better chance of cooling the fever and tensions in the Korean peninsula which now threaten to spiral into a full-blown war. Last week, there was promising and encouraging news that the United Nations, through one…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD THE DENGUE SCANDAL

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THE government decision to use Dengvaxia, the French-made anti-dengue vaccine, on Filipino grade-four schoolchildren without adequate precautionary measures, has become a scandal of monumental proportions after its manufacturer Sanofi-Pasteur recently revealed that it could cause severe, even fatal, infection on those who have not been infected before vaccination. Some 830,000…

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EVEN before the administration’s comprehensive tax reform program takes effect in January, consumers are already bearing the brunt of its impact on prices of goods and quality of services. The package, dubbed the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), was threshed out in the bicameral conference committee and set…

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Toward the end of the post-1945 trading regime Recently, the Trump administration joined the EU and rejected the view that under the WTO terms China should have graduated last year to market-economy status. Trump is using Obama’s WTO gambit to erode world trade. THE accession debacle intensified a year ago,…

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NORTHERN Europe this time of year isn’t the most hospitable with its dark, cold weather, but nevertheless, being selected as one of only six Filipino journalists to visit Brussels was a rare privilege. The European delegation in Manila invited me, together with veteran journalist Marichu Villenueva of Philippine Star, Bernie…