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How the IATF failed us in Cebu

In Cebu City, by the time this piece is out in the press, we cannot yet say whether or not we would return to the previous General Community Quarantine (GCQ) or stay at the current Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). It’s nearly four months since we started our lockdown. At this …

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South China Sea is ours

It’s comforting to note that our government officials have become aggressive over our sovereign rights over the South China Sea. For so long, we seemed to have kowtowed to China’s aggressive claim of owning the territory. In a statement, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin said the Philippines “will adhere without …

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Conflict in South China Sea again?

The pandemic is at the center of public attention because it is the most relevant among current threats to the Philippines. There are, however, other issues that will ultimately become a serious threat if our leaders do not handle them properly. Understanding these issues requires thorough study of their background. …

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The Philippines’ future floats in West Philippine Sea

The waters of the South China Sea are home to a dizzying array of marine resources, ranging from vast oil and gas reserves deep beneath the surface to the complex and beautiful ecosystems capable of supporting international seafood markets and unraveling scientific mysteries. This is the patrimony of Southeast Asian …

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Black lives mattered in 1899 Insurrection

Color of skin should never divide. But US Army generals could not restrain their racism during the Philippine Insurrection of 1899. They suffered backlash. The story needs retelling of “black” succor to “browns” a century ago. The Katipunan was then resisting American colonization. A little known African American helped shape …

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Erap sad over franchise shutdown of ABS-CBN but…

Many bleeding hearts have already come out with their respective denunciations against the House committee on franchise vote that effectively shut down the giant TV network ABS-CBN. With overwhelming majority, 70 against 11 House panel members voted last Friday to reject the extension for another 25 years franchise of the …

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If nothing else, save our negociantes

In a dialogue with the Philippine STAR, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said in the vernacular, “we have come to a point where it is the people, not the government, who will make the decisions on what will happen to our lives and our country in as far as the spread …

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Surviving in Cebu

Given all the COVID related bad news that came out of Cebu City in the last two weeks, the last thing I needed to hear was about the 64-year-old mother of a friend who ended up in a jor hospital in Cebu City with flu like symptoms. Instinctively you want …

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DFA sings new tune on Chinese relations

Have you noticed the new tune being sung by the Department of Foreign Affairs on how the Philippines would like its Chinese neighbor to behave? On Friday, Foreign Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. surprised us with a warning that the Philippines would unleash “the severest response” if China’s military exercises in …

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Ironic

There is a reason why, under our system of laws, the House of Representatives enjoys the exclusive power to grant a private franchise: the oligarchy. There are other ways of granting a franchise or a license. One might be by way of a technical commission such as the National Telecommunications …

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