Opinion

Prisms of hope and peace for Bangsamoro

Opinion Prisms of hope and peace for Bangsamoro Following a successful mission in the Cordillera Administrative Region, I headed to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to see our development and humanitarian projects and to meet with interlocutors in the region. It was my first time to visit …

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No end to the pandemic?

Opinion No end to the pandemic? There is now a growing consensus even among health experts that the COVID-19 pandemic will not go away anytime in the future. This is depressing news but the world has learned to cope with pandemics like the flu. This one, however, seems to be …

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Addressing urgent challenges by making better choices

News Commentary Addressing urgent challenges by making better choices Attracting investment to create more jobs for Filipinos and drive the country’s economic recovery. Increasing our climate resilience and addressing climate change. Defending our rights in the West Philippine Sea. Fighting the corruption and disinformation that are corroding democracy. These are …

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Youth and drugs

Opinion Youth and drugs Presidential aspirant and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos II has tested negative for drug use. Bongbong or BBM, who’s been leading in surveys for “presidentiables,” had himself tested after President Duterte dropped hints that he was using cocaine. Although the President didn’t identify BBM directly, it …

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Violence against women

Opinion Violence against women Nov. 25 marks the United Nations’ International Day for the elimination of violence against women with the 2021 theme: Orange the World: End Violence Against Women Now! I found myself struggling to write about this topic; however, as a survivor myself, I felt the need to …

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Wrong remedy

Opinion Wrong remedy Article 52 of the Family Code (FC) requires that the judgment of absolute nullity of marriage, the partition and distribution of the properties of the spouses and the delivery of the children’s presumptive legitime’s shall be recorded in the appropriate civil registry and registry of properties. Failure …

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A belated realization

Opinion A belated realization Many citizens who were unhappy over President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte’s diplomatic pivot to China have probably expressed elation over his getting miffed with how Chinese forces bullied our fishermen and coast guard units in the West Philippine Sea. Mr. Duterte “abhors” – a very strong term …

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Bayanihan into the future

Opinion Bayanihan into the future As I travel around the country, I already see Christmas displays, which means that another year is coming to an end. In the embassy, it is now time for us to wrap up a milestone year – 2021 marks 75 years of Australia’s diplomatic presence …

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Something fishy at the DOJ, NBI and Ombudsman

Opinion Something fishy at the DOJ, NBI and Ombudsman The Department of Justice, National Bureau of Investigation and the Ombudsman owe the public an explanation. It will be recalled that in November 2014, the Megawide-GMR consortium won the privatization bid for the landside operations of Cebu Mactan International Airport (MCIA). …

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BRP Kalawang/ PhilHealth teka-teka

Opinion BRP Kalawang/ PhilHealth teka-teka The recent attack of Chinese coast guard ships on a Philippine Navy supply boat has once again refreshed Filipino readers and news viewers of the sorry state of the BRP Sierra Madre that has been beached on Ayungin Shoal to serve as a territorial marker, …

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