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FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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MANY of our Supreme Court justices seem to believe they have the right, the duty and the power to judicially remove the Chief Justice, whom President Rodrigo Duterte desperately wants out, in patent disregard of the Constitution, which provides that an impeachable officer, such as the President, the Vice President,…

Editorial

EDITORIAL

The Dengvaxia scandal has now festered for over half a year without approaching closure or resolution, even as various bodies have ventured to investigate it. We trust that the announcement on Dengvaxia by the World Health Organization (WHO) last Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland, is a development that will bring us…

Columnists

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IT’s important to remember that while the Kuwaiti government appears to be hopping mad about the latest incident involving a Philippine embassy “rapid reaction team” that rescued alleged abused Filipino domestic helpers in Kuwait, the Kuwaitis have not left the negotiating table. That’s right: the hammering out of a historic…


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IT all began in 2014 alongside the boom in usage and sophistication of mobile devices. The ‘cellphone’ as we called them then, were starting to have excellent picture and motion recording capabilities and just like everything else good in this life, it didn’t take long for some misguided soul or…

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RIGHT after the powers-that-be realized that the peasantry can no longer recapture the fire and unity that made it a force to reckon with (a peasant-led rebellion nearly toppled the established government, remember), the powerful set out to accomplish two things. First, just ignore the peasantry. Second, weaken the institutions…

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LAST week’s column, “SC co-equal branch?” (TMT, April 18) discussed the “independence” of the judiciary visualized from the angle of the Sereno quo warranto petition, and the President’s purported non-involvement in this affair. Today’s column will touch on the role of the third co-equal branch of government, the Congress, with…

EI SUN OH

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DURING the Boao Forum for Asia held in the island province of Hainan, China, earlier this month, I was privileged to have been invited as a speaker in a panel chaired by former Chinese vice foreign minister Fu Ying. Among the suggestions I mooted to the audience, which included many…

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NEW YORK: The most remarkable parts of James Comey’s memoir are not about Donald Trump. We already knew most of the interesting revelations, and some of the others are gossip and color commentary. But in his discussion of the George W. Bush administration, Comey is far more revealing and highlights…

FOCUS

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Pakistan’s powerful military, long accused by outsiders of backing Islamist militant groups, is facing an unexpected challenge—a charismatic young Pashtun man who won’t keep quiet. Fellow Pashtuns have rallied behind Manzoor Pashteen in a dramatic outpouring of frustration over accusations of discrimination and extrajudicial killings at the hands…

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First word IT is just as well that Philippine officials and legislators are answering the European humbug about the Duterte administration’s war on drugs and the release of Sen. Leila de Lima, with a fusillade of blather and statements that Philippine media dutifully report without regard to significance. Former UK…

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FROM today, most of this writer’s columns will cover the most pressing issues, especially those not headlined but of urgent, even life-and-death importance, especially for ordinary Filipinos. But first, politics. Last week we note one of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s continuing pronouncements in her own defense against efforts to…

ATTY. DODO DULAY

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NEXT week, the country will commemorate Labor Day— the national holiday honoring the contributions that our hardworking men and women have made to the growth, prosperity and development of our nation. Although the holiday is traditionally observed with a Palace announcement of a benefits package for workers, the real spadework…

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CHINESE President Xi Jinping last July 1 congratulated Hong Kong on the 20th anniversary of its return to China and its transformation from a British colony into the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR). He said: “According to China’s tradition, a man enters adulthoo d at the age of 20,…