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Chasing unicorns

The Cinderella story of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte continues to spawn adherents. If he can, I can. Hence the mad rush to carpe diem and file certificates of candidacy this week. It was reminiscent of the recent surge to purchase lotto tickets. Has it always been like this? The prospect …

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Revisiting how the partylist system is implemented

After being roundly criticized, two high-profile officials were recently shoved out of Malacañang – presidential spokesman Harry Roque and assistant presidential communication secretary Mocha Uson – and they are now seeking election to Congress: Roque to the Senate, Uson to the House of Representatives. Their antics in opting to use …

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Pasig River wins 1st Asia RiverPrize award!

Last week while in Singapore my son gave me an autographed book of Victor Mallet’s River of Life, River of Death. It is about the Ganges in India. That led us to talk about the Pasig River which is the equivalent of rivers in other countries. Indeed every civilization in …

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Obsession

Nothing obsesses Donald Trump more than the hefty trade surplus China enjoys over the US. Last Wednesday, the Trump administration initiated moves to withdraw the US from the Universal Postal Union (UPU). Now a UN agency, the UPU was established in 1874 and today includes 192 member countries. What gets …

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EDITORIAL – Fund raising season

’Tis the season – not just to be merry for the holidays, but also to raise funds for election campaigns. In the past, members of the Tsinoy community had warned that kidnapping for ransom usually spiked when elections approached. Security officials have also warned that crimes against property, including robberies …

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Feudal state

Under the Constitution (Section 26, Article II), “The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.” From this provision, it is quite clear that our Constitution recognizes the overwhelming desire of our people for the equalization of political …

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‘Brand’ names

Around 180,000 or so Tom, Dick, and Harry submitted their individual certificates of candidacy (COCs) before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the coming May 2019 elections. The estimated total number of bets is just tentative as those COCs filed at the Comelec satellite offices across the country have yet …

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Senior moments

Juan Ponce Enrile, who will be 101 years old if he is elected to another six years in the Senate and finishes the term, showed up at the Commission on Elections main office in Intramuros, Manila on Wednesday. The principal reason was to re-file his certificate of candidacy, which originally …

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Expect deadlier, dirtier elections, as guns, trapos dominate

Recent parades of “trapos,” traditional politicians, to the Comelec were a portent. “Trapo” also means rag, so expect Election 2019 to be dirtier than ever. Mostly political dynasts filed candidacies for congressional and local posts. They seek either reelection or to succeed or switch positions with kinsmen. Other bloodlines are …

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EDITORIAL – Preventing a repeat

Soldiers and police who fought in the siege, a number of whom suffered permanent disabilities, as well as relatives of the security forces and civilians killed in the fighting gathered in Marawi this week to mark the first year since the city was officially liberated from Maute terrorists. The five-month …

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