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The looming threat of another round of fuel supply disruption is emerging in the horizon. This is especially true in the case of the Philippines that gets much of its crude oil supply from the Middle East (ME). The rebel drone attacks at Aramco oil field saw the destruction of …

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In every crisis…

“In every crisis there is opportunity” – Chinese proverb. In the Philippines, every crisis brings out politicians and opportunists and nothing makes this more apparent than the occurrence of ASF or African Swine Fever. When ASF hit other countries such as South Korea the problem was dealt with by the …

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Useless and harmful bill

Among the alarming news these days is the item about the Divorce Bill that is once more being revived for deliberation, revision and approval of Congress. This bill, which is almost similar to the previous bill that was disapproved, is supposedly aimed at providing the spouses a better and more …

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Health security

Globally, health security is defined as “the activities required to minimize the danger and impact of acute public health events that endanger the collective health of populations living across geographical regions and international boundaries.” I have come to understand in these past few months exactly how crucial health security is …

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EDITORIAL – Accomplices to homicide

In September 2015, a 17-year-old student of hotel and restaurant management was stabbed dead in a jeepney by a man who robbed the boy of his cell phone in Quiapo, Manila. When arrested at his home in Caloocan, the killer said he was drunk and needed money. On Dec. 1 …

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Privatized

The Commission on Audit (COA) raised red flags on the bidding process leading to the award of the Kaliwa dam project to a Chinese contracting company with no track record for dam construction. In COA’s view, the bidding was staged. Two other companies participated in the bidding process merely to …

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Mother dear

My late mother, Corazon Maristela Torrevillas, would have turned 105 years old this month. As the family gets together for a memorial lunch, I distribute copies of my column which I wrote on April 27, 1991. Our collective memory of the remarkable woman that she was is in this piece, …

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Songs of protest

Protest songs are normally associated with a movement for political and social change. Among these are the “Internationale” which originated in France and became the unofficial anthem of the international socialist movements, and “We Shall Overcome,” the civil rights anthem. Most protest songs have significance to a nation or a …

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A no nonsense talk about a divorce bill

I was watching the TV news of the first Senate hearing on the proposed Divorce Bill and I couldn’t help but recall that this type of Senate hearing was discussing something medieval in character. I’m saying this because very recently I saw the movie on the life of King Henry …

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EDITORIAL – New man in BuCor

Thirty of its officials are under 60-day preventive suspension, on orders of the Office of the Ombudsman. Their chief has been fired; whether he will face administrative or criminal charges is still being determined. So who’s minding the store in the Bureau of Corrections? With the scandal over the mass …

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