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The morning after

I saw the royal wedding like millions of people around the earth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I admit it was enthralling. There were others who were less appreciative and said it was an exercise in escapism. While the show was on, any remark that would have gone contrary …

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Sharing the good news from the Philippines

I am currently in San Francisco, California, having just come from Honolulu where – together with Executive Secretary Bingbong Medialdea, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año – we had briefings with US Pacific Command (USPACOM) Commander Admiral Harry Harris on issues …

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ICE deports student for not attending classes

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently issued a press release that they had a student removed/deported, when they found out that he was not attending class, as is required with a student visa. That student was enrolled in college as a nonimmigrant F-1 international student in an academic and …

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Coronary calcium boosted young adults’ heart disease risk

Younger adults who have any calcium deposited in their coronary arteries, even a small amount, are at increased risk for adverse coronary heart disease outcomes and death, finds an analysis of the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study. There’s no evidence, however, that treating such patients would make …

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How many islands does Phl still have?

The smart answer to the question “How many islands comprise the Philippines?” used to be: “Depends on whether it’s low or high tide.” Not anymore – now the cautious reply is: “Before or after Duterte?” Filipinos, supposedly among the world’s happiest people, resort to jokes to soften the impact of …

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To hide in plain sight

It’s a standard feature of any fictional movie, TV series or novel in the action/thriller genre: effortless access by state security, intelligence or law enforcement agencies to data bases, both public and private, to identify or monitor a friendly or hostile target. The overall plot and story line may be …

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A disturbing proposal on martial law imposition

May 23, 2017 marked the beginning of two catastrophes that befell the people of Mindanao; one year later, the harsh impact on their daily lives and the profound trauma in their individual and collective psyche seem far from being assuaged. First, there was the so-called siege of Marawi City, a …

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Responsible gaming and.. irresponsible reporting

I am writing this article so Star readers are not misled by an article that Pagcor officials face the ax. The mistake comes from ignorance. The writer and editor did not know of another group also related to gaming, the free port agencies in duty free zones. That is where …

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Database

It is the final feature of a weak state that government does not know over whom it governs. For decades, all modern governments on earth have invested heavily in building a national database of its citizens. With all the rapidly advancing digital technologies around us, such a database is indispensable. …

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EDITORIAL – Decongestion

Cable cars are fun, they provide great views, and they don’t get stuck in traffic. The public can only wish that Arthur Tugade could finally push through with his plan, first disclosed when he assumed his post as secretary of transportation, to install a cable car service in the country. …

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