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Too little — too late

The government’s response to help LSIs or Locally Stranded Individuals as well as address the mental health threats being experienced by OFWs can be summed up in a classic statement: “Too little, too late”. We now have two more dead persons and it was only after they died and media …

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Use crisis to elevate nation, not to sink it

It is unfortunate that the Duterte regime appears to be using the coronavirus crisis to tighten its hold on an already repressed people instead of taking the contagion as an opportunity to elevate the nation to a better post-pandemic world. Lockdowns and other stringent measures being taken to contain the …

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The Statue of Liberty versus public charge

The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor has always been a symbol of immigration and of welcoming immigrants to the US. The USCIS has used the Statue of Liberty as its own symbol. Approval notices have an orange colored picture of the Statue of Liberty torch in the background, …

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What independence should mean to us

Every June 12, we commemorate that day when the Philippine flag was unfurled in Cavite, proudly flying as we declared our independence from Spanish colonial rule. Our forebears fought against foreign oppression, their blood and sacrifice the price that was paid for the freedom and democracy that we have today. …

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Is it safe? and Filipino bayanihan

Is it safe? That is the question being asked by many as governments prepare to ease the lockdown. It is specially significant in the Philippines with it culture of togetherness. Bayanihan means that we live closely together as families, towns and cities. It is a double-edged sword in the face …

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Racism around the world

When I first saw the brutal murder of the African American George Floyd by Minneapolis policemen, my initial reaction was that this was another tragic event in the United States. Over the decades I have read about the suffering of African Americans at the hands of racists from the white …

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Disciplined

This is important. Last Thursday, the Japan Credit Rating Agency awarded the Philippines an “A” sovereign risk rating. This is the best rating we have ever received. Previously, we gained an unprecedented BBB+ rating, fully qualifying our economy to be investment grade. We won this most recent upgrade even as …

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Imagining ourselves

On a day when we mark a milestone in becoming a nation, I can’t help thinking that we are more than the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. I mean that every action is an act of imagination and will, but it is also an opportunity – a kind of …

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Big gap in fleshing out ATB declared state policy

“The State recognizes that the fight against terrorism requires a comprehensive approach, comprising political, economic, diplomatic, military and legal means, duly taking into account the root causes of terrorism without acknowledging these as justifications for terrorist and/or criminal activities. Such measures shall include conflict management and post-conflict peacebuilding, addressing the …

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The temerity of independence

The Bayanihan Act expired last week or will on June 25 per its own sunset provision. Hailed as a timely and resolute whole of government, whole of society response to the pandemic (only one dissenting vote in the Senate and nine in the House), the law has had a profound …

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