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    Someone should tell the President to stop talking, and for his communications team to take control. Because the crisis in Marawi has revealed that he is preconditioned, at the worst time, to say the worst things. It doesn’t matter if he’s here to begin with, or he’s arriving from a…

    Editorial

    EDITORIAL

    IT is easy to misread, misinterpret and misunderstand a leader like President Rodrigo Duterte whose public pronouncements are a mix of jokes and serious allegations regarding the extent of corruption in government, the illegal drugs scourge and the spread of terrorist organizations in the country, especially when his speeches are…

    Columnists

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    “My Family’s Slave” is a personal story written by the late Alex Tizon, who grew up in America where he and his family migrated. He left behind a moving and conscience-searing true story about his “yaya” or family’s “katulong,” the woman who cared for him and worked her whole life…

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    Mark Zuckerberg finally got his Harvard degree – 12 years after dropping out. He played hooky first to become a billionaire then returned to get his diploma. As they say, do not try this at home or you might get filthy rich. * * * It’s quite alarming that one…

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    The most ingenious statement I heard at the breakfast forum sponsored by the Philippine-BRICS Strategic Studies last Thursday at the Kamuning Bakery was that of George Siy, chairman emeritus of the Integrated Development Studies Institute (IDSI) and of Anvil Business Club, Director of Trade and Industry of the Federation of…

    FOCUS

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    NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar: Branded as Asia’s most heavily-armed drug dealers, the China-backed ethnic Wa rebels have emerged as key players in Myanmar’s peace process, a development seen as strengthening Beijing’s influence over its violence-wracked neighbor. When Myanmar’s new civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi convened the first round of peace talks…

    ANALYSIS

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    BRUSSELS: US President Donald Trump’s performance at a “shocking” NATO summit has dealt a major blow to the alliance and may hand a win to Vladimir Putin, analysts say. Whether shoving aside Montenegro’s PM or having handshake wars with France’s new leader, Trump created chaos at what was meant to…

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    WASHINGTON: Within minutes of British counter-terror police learning a deadly blast had struck Manchester Arena, their US counterparts were in the loop. That is how the security relationship — one of the world’s closest — is supposed to work. What is not supposed to happen, is for the information to…

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    LENI Robredo wanted to swiftly descend on Marawi thinking that the Maute was just like a typhoon. She wanted to make up for her absence last December, when parts of Bicol, her home region, were ravaged by Typhoon Nina. She left to spend her holidays in the US fully aware…

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    THE 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami originating in an earthquake in the sea off Sumatra in Indonesia devastated 12 countries, including Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka. As an immediate response, the periodic Asian Wetlands Symposium held in 2005 (in India) recommended, among others, to “prioritize the natural coastal defenses through greenbelt/coastal…

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    WASHINGTON: Globalization has gotten a bad rap. The Trump White House associates it with all manner of economic evil, especially job loss. The administration has made undoing the damage a central part of its economic strategy. This will almost certainly fail and disappoint, because globalization’s ill-effects have been wildly exaggerated.…

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    WASHINGTON: President Trump’s opponents have spent his administration’s first months engaged in an unusual but important debate: Is Trump a problem because he is incompetent or because he harbors autocratic designs that threaten American democracy itself? At the end of his first 100 days, the debate was tilting toward ineptitude.…