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First read IS it the media or the event? Do we blame the dancer or the dance? By the time Senator Leila de Lima was arrested by the authorities yesterday, I was weary of the story and the spectacle. Philippine media are so adept in covering breaking news blow-by-blow, minute-by-minute,…

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THERE’s no gainsaying it any longer. Cyber technology is the ultimate wonder of the age. It has spawned the maximum space and milieu for the creation and dissemination of information. It has negated polarization in the physical dimension, including that intimate distance between the genitals of the opposite sexes. For…

Editorial

THE Department of Education (DepEd) surely needs to take lessons in crisis management, unless of course it considers the recent tragedy that snuffed the lives of more than a dozen young students and seriously injured scores more as strictly a concern alone of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd). It…

Columnists

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(Last of a series on ‘Retaking EDSA’) YOU can only fool the Filipino people for a while, but not for long, not for 31 years. There is a limit to the power to weave myths, and tell lies. Such power has an expiration date. And it appears that such has…

JOSE V. ROMERO JR., PHD.

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THE summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) being hosted by the Philippines this year has an opportunity to defuse the escalating tension in the China Sea. With all the claimants sitting around the table some progress can be achieved if the dialogue among the participants effectively moderate…

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NO tears should fall, no sad songs should be sung for the arrest of Senator Leila de Lima for allegedly receiving drug money from convicts while she was the Secretary of Justice. She’s full of fight and I’m sure detention won’t make her waver in opposing how President Rodrigo Duterte…

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THE Land Transportation Authority (LTO), under the present stewardship of Assistant Secretary Edgar C. Galvante, continues to show its incompetence in resolving the various problems besetting the agency. Among these problems are the P3.8-billion Motor Vehicle License Plate Standardization Program (MVLPSP) and the P836-million Procurement of Driver’s License Cards (PDLC)…

FOCUS

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THE HAGUE: With anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders topping the polls ahead of next month’s elections, one small group is hoping to buck the trend: the country’s first party led by immigrants. Denk, or “think” in Dutch, wants to fight what it calls “institutional racism” by setting up a national…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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COMMUNICATION Secretary Martin Andanar, who has made a career of announcing all sorts of conspiracies and plots against President Rodrigo Duterte, has just announced the existence of a “grand scheme” by parties unknown to unseat the President. This contradicts the statement of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and National Security Adviser…

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO TIME TO STOP THESE DIVISIVE EVENTS

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THERE are several factors that explain our people’s weak sense of nationalism, among them: a foreign-descended ruling class that doesn’t identify with the mostly ethnic Malay masses; the US colonizers’ successful brainwashing of the elite and the middle class that they are America’s little brown brothers, resulting in massive migration…

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A FRIEND who attended last weekend’s Philippine Military Academy (PMA) rites where Digong spoke, found it weird that he would talk on a solemn occasion about his two wives (violative of the laws of God and man here) and his nostalgia for the quiet life qua mayor. As a fellow…

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GLOBALIZATION may seem like a new phenomenon but it is as old as maybe the Silk Road from China to Europe in the 13th and 14th century, as well as the Manila Galleon trade from 1565 and on for the next 250 years. I just read through a recently launched…

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CRITICISMS that the history being taught in the schools, particularly on the martial law period, has been inadequate prompted me to verify this impression with my graduate students. My class of mostly public schoolteachers have been the recipient of these remarks about the inadequate history that they teach. Given that…

FOCUS

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STOCKHOLM: Donald Trump’s controversial statements linking immigration and crime in Sweden, a country idealized by some for its liberal values, have sparked the nation to weigh the successes and failures of its integration policy. Two days after the US President’s baffling remarks on Saturday in Florida, where he suggested an…

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First Read
IN addition to being on the frying pan for imminent arrest, Senator Leila de Lima has so many ambitious political projects, I think I could be accused of partisanship if I do not take note of her crusade. So here goes. The senator’s latest undertakings are…