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Going back to the dark ages?

During a recent interview with the press, former president, former Manila mayor, and now citizen Joseph Estrada addressed the allegations of newly elected Manila Mayor Isko Moreno about the way the ex-mayor supposedly drove the city into debt and bankruptcy. Although I won’t weigh in on Estrada’s rebuttal, there is …

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UNHRC: What we have here is a PR problem

Frankly speaking, I’m for leaving the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for it has become a PR problem to the Philippines. Yes, for me it is a PR issue and we should deal with it as such. Come on, we know too well that Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on …

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When Nicolas Sarkozy was president of France, among his major problems was a very high youth unemployment rate. He tried to solve this by relaxing his nation’s rigid labor laws. Riots broke out in the streets. Sarkozy was forced to backtrack. The stringent labor laws that made hiring very difficult …

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Philippines, US dialogue on regional security

IT IS reassuring that despite President Duterte’s dalliance with China, the Philippines sat this week for serious talks with its only defense partner, the United States, on economic relations and regional stability. We had this foreboding that President Duterte has fallen for the blandishments of President Xi Jinping or may …

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EDITORIAL – Cleaning up the BOC

Many employees of the Bureau of Customs have civil service eligibility and can be removed only for cause. With the snail-paced justice system, the turnover of BOC commissioners has been much faster than that of regular bureau personnel who face charges of corruption and smuggling. So it won’t be easy …

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Goodbye ‘Tito Jimmy’

To die in one’s sleep is perhaps one of the greatest kindness that our God could bestow us. Some of my friends and I have wished for such passing, and recently someone very close to our family was blessed to die that way. He was a good and honest man, …

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‘Weakest link’ of the Philippines economy

Initially, Malacañang carefully couched its official confirmation last month on the resignation of Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and his transfer to another Cabinet post. Piñol’s resignation came unexpectedly when President Rodrigo Duterte squelched persistent rumors in the past about his outgoing Agriculture secretary supposedly being on the …

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Pulling out

As of last night, the word from the secretary of foreign affairs was that the Philippines would not pull out of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) or cut diplomatic ties with Iceland. On the other hand, Malacañang said Cabinet members do not have the final word on this. …

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Charter-Change: For federal or selfish politics?

President Rody Duterte’s selection of two Speakers was not only to end squabbling among his political pals. It is seen also to seal Congress’ rewrite of the Constitution to his liking. No permanent friends in politics, only permanent interests. Duterte wants federalized government. For some allies, federalism equals participative democracy …

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EDITORIAL – National dengue alert

The provinces of Guimaras and Capiz have declared outbreaks of dengue. Since the start of the year, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has recorded 89 deaths out of 15,803 reported cases of dengue across the country, with the highest number recorded so far in the Visayas. Unless …

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