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Duterte’s 2nd bout with dirty miners

President Rody Duterte’s second State of the Nation reviewed not his first year’s accomplishments but shortcomings. Still, from their televised reactions, various reformists were pleased. Loudest to clap were the environmentalists. Duterte had lashed out at dirty mines that pollute farms and seaside, “the protein source for the day” of …

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EDITORIAL – ‘Bane of efficiency’

Temporary restraining orders, President Duterte said the other day, are “the bane of our efficiency.” The President made the observation as he directly urged Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who was seated in the audience during his second State of the Nation Address the other day, to lift the Supreme …

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Too big to jail

Not many Filipinos are familiar with the Bells of Balangiga that President Duterte asked the US government to return to the Philippines during the latest SONA. There were three of them taken by the 9th US Infantry as war booty. Based on an article written by Arnaldo Dumindin two US …

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Differing legislative agenda

There were at least a dozen of priority bills of the administration that President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned in his state of the nation address (SONA) last Monday. In almost two hour-long SONA, President Duterte underscored the importance of having these priority bills approved at the soonest possible time by the …

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Forced marriage

In rape cases, among the defenses used by the accused are the sweetheart theory and their subsequent marriage after the alleged rape happened. These defenses however must be credible enough and backed up by sufficient evidence. This is illustrated in this case of Nancy. Nancy is a pretty 15 year …

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It’s not a time for peace in our land!

While waiting for the Second State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte, I was tuned on ANC TV, which had a Mukha Special entitled “Di Ka Pasisiil” done some two weeks ago. Though it was a replay, it was the first time I saw it and …

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Awarding blood donors

Blood donors save lives. For doing so, they are gratefully recognized and given awards. More than 300 individuals and organizations were thus recognized last week for donating blood to the Philippine Red Cross blood bank during the last ten years. Last week, the awardees included top business executives, corporations, disabled …

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Bloody

When this whole affair began, none of us imagined how bloody this battle was going to be – and how ruined Marawi will become. The bad news is that the brothers Maute are still alive and fighting. That is information provided by civilians managing to escape from the enemy zone. …

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Du30 hits miners, human rights critics

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte told mining companies yesterday to stop raping the environment, declare their true income and pay the correct taxes otherwise he would directly correct the imbalance in the ecosystem and the injustice inflicted on surrounding communities. The President’s warning was contained in his ad libs during his two-hour …

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EDITORIAL – SONA, Year 2

The nation is in trouble, President Duterte said yesterday, and things could get worse before they get better. In his second State of the Nation Address, the President urged all sectors to help him build a better nation. As protesters outside the SONA venue lambasted his human rights record, the …

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