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    FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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    LIKE someone who has just won the lottery, a triumphant President Rodrigo Duterte will be in Congress today to talk to the nation about his “achievements” during his first year in office, and his agenda for the year ahead. At 4 p. m., he will deliver his second State of…

    RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

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    HUMANITY for most of its 250,000 years as a species lived in tribes or collections of tribes, in constant struggle against other tribes, or predators. We haven’t really changed. We still choose and admire leaders who demonstrate that particular quality: bravery. After all, we want a leader who’d fight for…

    Editorial

    EDITORIAL

    In the aftermath of heady arguments presented by lawmakers in the joint session of Congress on Saturday for and against the extension of martial law in Mindanao, an overwhelming vote upheld the need to extend military rule in the southern Philippines until the end of the year. The goal, President…

    Columnists

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    LAST Saturday, the soil parted to welcome the casket that bore the body of a man named Robert Larga. He was “Obet” to family, friends and associates. A young lawyer of 48, Larga served as one of the directors of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). He was also an…

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    To welcome change is to welcome a chance for those who need most. That was essentially the theme of an advertorial I heard on radio seeking support for the administration’s comprehensive tax reform package. The Duterte administration hopes to generate at least P200 billion in new revenues in the next…

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    LET’s figure it out. Because the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the Philippine Statistics Authority and the BangkoSentral ng Pilipinashave put out separate sets of statistics for Overseas Filipino Workers, the OFW numbers vary by degrees. However, let us use the POEA figures. Overall, the total number of OFWs deployed…

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    GUIHULNGAN City in Negros Oriental, is a place that makes it to the news only when something extremely bad happens. Like when four-year-old Althea FhemBarbon was accidentally killed by the police in an anti-drug operation in September 2016. Or when in May 2015 Barangay Tacpao became the scene of a…

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    Despite bold headlines about “full employment,” US labor market may not be as strong. Jobs growth is not inducing wage growth in America. IN a major policy shift to a more liberal regime, the BangkoSentral’s new governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. is reportedly paving the way for a “counter-intuitive” relaxation of…

    SUNDAY READ

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    Non-believers call it coincidence, and many believers, too. Just don’t count the number of coincidences. That may be what many in the audience might have thought during this writer’s presentation to leaders of lay groups of the Archdiocese of Manila for their monthly…

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    Where is the Davos crowd now that Mr. Aquino, the former president obsessed with pleasing this crowd via his cruel technocratic policies, is down and out? Where is the Makati Business Club (MBC) crowd, which Mr. Aquino obsessed to please during his six years as president, now that he is…

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    It was the Preda hotline for reporting sexual abuse that saved four children from sexual and physical abuse. The message came from an anonymous reporter, who tipped that Geraldine, 13, was being sexually abused by her grandfather. A Preda Foundation social worker contacted her counterpart in the local government and…

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    A collection of my musings that I find relevant to this day: * * * “There is a glaring similarity between the stories of SAF 44 and the fictional Sparta’s “300.” Both possessed allegiance to their oath to fight to the very end of their missions. Both had the same…

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    Tensions surrounding North Korea’s ceaseless provocations are increasingly intensifying in Northeast Asia. In addition to two nuclear tests last year, Pyongyang on July 4 also celebrated its first successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). During the resulting UN Security Council meeting, US Ambassador Nikki Haley accused China of…

    FOCUS

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    MILAN: “Italy gets worse every time you look at it and offers less and less to young people,” says Antonio Davide D’Elia, just one of thousands of young Italians who have decided to try their luck abroad. With the country struggling to kick an economic slump, some 40,000 Italians between…