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First word DURING his first 10 months in office, President Rodrigo Duterte has signaled a clear break and a change of tone from the administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd – on both the domestic and foreign policy fronts. Nowhere has the change been more pronounced and significant than in…

Editorial

Rizal Memorial:

THE declaration by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) that the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) is a national historical landmark, and cannot be utilized for other purposes by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the city government of Manila is a significant…

Columnists

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While China tightens its grip, US reliability appears in doubt IN a few weeks, Tsai Ing-wen will mark her first anniversary as President of Taiwan. However, celebrations are likely to be subdued since she is facing intractable problems with the world’s two most important powers – China, which is an…

Atty. Dodo Dulay

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LAST week, I talked about human trafficking and its dangers and impact on migrant workers, especially to our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East. This week, I will share with you the real-life experiences of some OFWs in Saudi Arabia who fell victim to trafficking or maltreatment but…

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A HISTORICAL and ignorant -aptly describe “Duterte of the Philippines plays with Russian fire,” an article by Anders Carr published in Forbes magazine (April 20, 2016). Carr foresees nothing but horrors for the Philippines as Duterte ventures to diversify our diplomatic relations. Like the what happened to the unfortunate moth…

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The discovery of the giant shipworm is a reminder of the major scientific breakthroughs that could be made by Filipino scientists. OVER the past few days, the world has been enthralled by a rare, giant shipworm that was recently found in Mindanao. The creature, a monstrous five-foot-long species of bivalve…

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MADAM Vice President, what are you smoking? Seriously, you thought this is a bright idea, one that you will be best remembered for? This is your way of battling the scourge? Did you read thoroughly Portugal’s Law 30/2000? Do you know we have ratified and are signatories to the 1961…

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ASIDE from being an esteemed pastor and popular author, the late Reverend Norman Vincent Peale was also a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Freemason. The author of the bestselling book, The Power of Positive Thinking, was interested to know why “masons devote so much time to their fraternity.” A good answer…

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

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TO be more precise, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo refused to stop her officials from implementing the Republic’s laws that would be financially devastating to the Rufino family*, the biggest and controlling owners of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI). One of these cases required the Rufino-owned firm Sunvar Realty to vacate…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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DESPITE reports of some Filipino fishermen being fired at in the Spratlys and a Philippine Air Force plane carrying Defense Secretary DelfinLorenzana and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Eduardo Ano being challenged by Chinese authorities while over Philippine airspace, the South China Sea will have to yield to Syria for…

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LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello III is fast emerging as one of the shining stars of the Duterte administration. Despite multiple roles as peace negotiator, labor secretary, and champion of OFW rights, the man is always prepared to engage with tripartite partners and other stakeholders, including the media, on the peace…

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THE Romans could not have imagined that the month they named April—the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar—would not only symbolize the opening of a new season we now call spring but also usher the suffering of migrants and refugees with the closing of immigration doors in…

Tita Valderama

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TRULY caring for the poor is more than giving them alms, providing them “lugaw” for breakfast or dinner, or even allowing them to occupy an idled housing project. We have a long-held adage that says, “Give a man fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man how…