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FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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AN apparently “well-rested” President Rodrigo Duterte received the visiting Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Nikolai Patrushev, in Davao last Thursday, but thanks to the presidential spokesman’s rather clumsy statement, there is, yet again, some speculation about the President’s whereabouts during the last three days he was…

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO SELECTIVE LOGGING THEN, RESPONSIBLE MINING NOW

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WE have to face reality, and review the past. We have had, and continue to have such a weak state—its bureaucracy ridden with corruption and inefficiency—that we have been, and will be at least in the next decade unable to regulate mining. Without a strong state, unscrupulous miners, and there…

Editorial

EDITORIAL

NO matter what other Cabinet officials and lawmakers are saying against the closure, suspension and cancellation orders issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on irresponsible mining operations, such rhetoric can only be construed as something akin to voices of vested interests, especially now when the controversial…

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RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO SELECTIVE LOGGING THEN, RESPONSIBLE MINING NOW

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WE have to face reality, and review the past. We have had, and continue to have such a weak state—its bureaucracy ridden with corruption and inefficiency—that we have been, and will be at least in the next decade unable to regulate mining. Without a strong state, unscrupulous miners, and there…

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THINGS are starting to get weird on the political and criminal justice fronts. There is now a looming possibility that former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima who is now an incumbent senator shall be joining two former senators, Joseph “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla, at the PNP Custodial Center…

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YESTERDAY, February 19, 2017, the Republican-dominated US Senate took a historic and partisan step toward an immigration system that works for those who want to come to the United States, love the country’s values and do not watch the “failing New York Times, CNN or the Washington Post”. By an…

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BOSTON: Underwater meadows of seagrass offer important protection against pollution to both humans and coral reefs, but are in jeopardy worldwide due to climate change, sewage and agricultural runoff, researchers said Thursday. Places with healthy seagrass —where sponges, clams, small fish and other filter feeders thrive—can reduce bacteria that is…

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LERWICK, United Kingdom: Strong winds and stormy seas have helped turn the Shetland Islands in the North Atlantic into a European renewable energy giant, producing more power than it knows what to do with. The tidal power underwater turbines that were completed last month are only the latest green energy…

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BANGKOK: Thailand’s military government on Sunday shelved plans to build a coal-fired power station in a popular beach region, a rare success for demonstrators in a country where the right to protest has been severely curbed. Hundreds of protesters had gathered outside government offices in Bangkok since Friday to demonstrate…

SUNDAY READ

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One problem about prophecies is that most people believe them only after they come true. Not much use at that point, except to lament one’s unbelief. Take Noah. No one listened to his warning of a great flood until people watched his ark sail away while rising waters engulfed them.…

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The Philippine congress is debating to lower the minimum age of criminal liability from 15 to nine. Those promoting the change in the law say children are criminals and are being used by drug syndicates to commit crimes because they cannot be prosecuted. This is not true. The police should…

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On Valentine’s Day, Secretary Gina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced that her department was cancelling 75 MPSAs or Mineral Production Sharing Agreements with mining companies. Many of these projects are only in the exploration stage. The cancellation of MPSAs will not mean the loss…

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In the movie world, a sequel is usually made when it strikes gold in the box office. In the political scene, a sequel to failed accusations must serve another purpose to a man who is notorious for stretching his neck out in front of TV cameras and radio microphones. This…

JOSE V. ROMERO JR., PHD.

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(Last of 2 Parts) THE development of the coconut industry, through dependent primarily on small farmers implies much more. It encompasses: Efforts to raise both farm and non-farm rural real incomes through job creation, rural industrialization, and the increased provisions of education, health and nutrition, housing, and a variety of…