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About that ‘rules-based international order’

The Biden administration has taken to frequently asserting its intention to return versus the Trump administration’s departure therefrom to something called a “rules-based international order.” What is this supposed “order?” What obligations does it impose, and upon whom? Which governments meet those obligations? Which don’t? Google returns about 197,000 results …

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Becoming a wealthy nation

As a nation, most of our sufferings are due to the lack of financial resources. It is why we are among the last to be allocated COVID vaccines, why quality health care is not subsidized by the state, why government is unable to provide adequate aid for the jobless and …

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My Korean War experience

In June 1947, as First Sergeant in the Philippine Army, I was sent by the Philippine government to train at the Armored Force School in Fort Knox, Kentucky. The training I had in armored tank operations came in handy as I was thereafter conscripted to be among the first Filipino …

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Schools — here and abroad

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to talk to a Filipino school teacher in Bulacan and even had the chance to take a look at an empty classroom in the barangay school where copies of the learning material were kept for future distribution to the students. These copies …

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Keep your enemies closer

I vaguely recall a line from some “lawyer” movie or TV series where it was said by one lawyer to another, “Never ask a question you don’t know the answer to.” As far as President-Lawyer Rodrigo Duterte is concerned, last weeks’ debate challenge has surely taught him that lesson. Thank …

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Wisdom from my doctors

Whenever I visit my doctors, I try to sound them off on current problems that bedevil us. This week, I visited Dr. Ricardo Quintos at the Cardinal Santos hospital; he is a cardiovascular specialist. He is looking after what my chronic diabetes had damaged in my circulatory system. Doctors know …

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Laughter & happiness

Depression is a leading cause of death in this super-fast evolving world we live in, that is gravely aggravated by this globally-threatening pandemic. Fortunately, it has its best antidote: laughter and a positive mindset. When one laughs, it releases endorphins, the body’s natural feel good hormones… making a person feel …

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‘AI Center of Excellence’

The National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Roadmap is set to guide the Philippines into becoming an “AI Center of Excellence,” which would ensure that our people will benefit from the rising AI global industry. In the current era of the global knowledge economy, many countries are now embracing AI to increase …

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