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In May 2016, forget the surveys

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas It may be too early for the results of the latest surveys on presidential candidate preference conducted by Pulse Asia and the Social Weather Station to predict the outcome of the May 2016 elections, but it certainly can influence some candidates’ decision on how to proceed with their candidacy. With her surge to the top of the surveys, Read More …

GRACE AND BARACK

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By REY O. ARCILLA  MALAYA (Like Grace, Barack was a neophyte US senator without executive experience.) I have always admired US President Barack Hussein Obama. He saved the world from further ruination brought about by his immediate predecessor, George “Dumbya” Bush, who decided to have Iraq invaded in 2003 in violation of the United Nations Charter and all other relevant international laws. That fateful decision Read More …

Jojo Binay, kapal-muks mo naman!

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Frankly Speaking By Frank Wenceslao Vice President Jojo Binay announced with great fanfare his resignation from the Cabinet positions in the Aquino administration he’s held for five years. Probably expecting it’d be received by the media as an earthshaking decision equivalent to Ramon Magsaysay’s resignation from President Elpidio Quirino’s Cabinet in 1953 that eventually catapulted RM to the presidency, Binay is under very thick clouds Read More …

The folly of our ‘freedom’

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Reflections By Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation Freedom can mean many things. On Independence Day, what is remembered and celebrated is freedom from colonial rule, from occupation by another nation. Some politicians and nationalists celebrate it as the “granting of Independence,” as if it was a gift that was bestowed by a generous colonial power and for which we should be forever grateful. In fact Read More …

Who Do We Trust?

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By Erick San Juan “In the course of our country’s history when the timing of some major events is suspected for something else… there really is something else.” One recent example was the article posted at http://www.wantchinatimes.com/, Did Beijing concede to US by calling off South China Sea land reclamation? (June 20), “China’s foreign ministry suddenly announced this week that it is suspending land reclamation Read More …

Chinese-Filipinos on deck

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano A very busy schedule trying to make up for an extended absence due to a trip abroad made me miss a most interesting article written by F. Sionil Jose. The truth is, I have not read it yet. But some Facebook friends posted two rebuttals to the F. Sionil Jose article, one from a Clinton Palanca, and the other from Read More …

A man of many names: Davao’s controversial, colorful Mayor Duterte

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By Edwin Espejo Asian Correspondent THEY call him ‘Dirty Harry’. TIME magazine once featured him as the motorcycle-riding, gun-toting mayor, for which he was labeled ‘The Punisher’. Davao folks call him Digong. His ham radio call sign is Charlie Mike (for city mayor). But to many who know him up close and personal, he is simply Rody. Rodrigo Duterte of Davao City is now on Read More …

U.S.-China proxy war

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz In less than two years, China had reclaimed 2,000 acres in seven tiny reefs in the Spratly archipelago and soon she would start constructing buildings and fortifications. One of these reclaimed reefs is Fiery Cross Reef where satellite images show what appear to be a runway and a harbor. Once completed and put to use, it would be China’s first overseas Read More …