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EDITORIAL - Asia’s most violent

Details In case it has slipped anyone’s attention, the Philippines is becoming Southeast Asia’s most violent country....

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Continuity

Details Straight from the horse’s mouth, it’s now out in the open. President Benigno “Noy” Aquino III declared he is scouting for his rightful successor....

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Reviving a national heritage

Details The Christmas lights are being switched on; Yuletide has to be the prettiest period in Metro Manila....

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Returning – redefining – reinventing

Details Life in the Hacienda is slow and change is even slower....

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Dream come true

Details Last Wednesday, Nov. 19, an article about our TV show, Ipaglaban Mo came out in the entertainment section of the Philippine STAR written by Miss Bibsy M....

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Travesty

Details Some months ago, I watched with fascination BBC’s live coverage of the British Parliament’s public inquiry into the phone hacking scandal involving some of t...

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Limited emergency powers

Details Voting 18-1 with one abstention, the House committee on energy, headed by Congressman Reynaldo Umali, approved the House Joint Resolution 21 which grants Aqu...

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EDITORIAL - Mutual need

Details In the monumental task of rebuilding from the fury of Super Typhoon Yolanda, the local government of Tacloban can’t do without help from the national governm...

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Family dynasties rule business

Details While public attention is riveted on family dynasties in politics, it is also a fact that family dynasties dominate the world of business in the Philippines...

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Tale of Palo, Leyte house/George Tagle’s flowers

Details This is a yet unfinished tale of a house in Palo, Leyte. How it ends is still to come....

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Oil prices down! Food prices are still up…why?

Details It’s not a secret and in fact it’s a no-brainer that the Philippine economy is robust today, not because of the economic policies of the Aquino regime, but r...

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Garin, Catapang show guts facing Ebola risks

Details UNPROTECTED: At this point, we can only wait and hope that acting Health Secretary Janette Garin and armed forces chief Gen....

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Everyone has the potential to go boldly into enterprise

Details This month, a European spaceship landed on a comet and Global Entrepreneurship Week reached 125 far flung destinations of the world, including the Philippine...

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Faulty translations misled Beijing’s sea claims (1)

Details For decades Beijing’s communist rulers have been feeding the Chinese hoodoo history....

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Homecoming

Details After two years of working in Southern Tagalog and Metro Manila, a mother of three returned to her home village in Leyte last week for a vacation....

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Not so serious

Details This is an interesting case of dismissal of an employee on the ground of serious misconduct as provided in Article 282 of the Labor Code....

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Between a rock and a hard place

Details As I watched and listened to the pronouncements of the Presidential Assistant on Rehabilitation during the anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda, I could not help b...

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End the blame game

Details Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez is still frothing in the mouth for what he obviously believed was a slight to his honor....

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EDITORIAL - Modern slavery

Details Overseas Filipino workers contribute much to the country’s economic growth, but even policy makers acknowledge that the OFW phenomenon has a dark underbelly....

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Decongesting the port

Details 2014 has been quite a challenging year for the country....

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Church reaches 100 years/Steph Trick, jazz stride wonder

Details The Church Among the Palms (CAP) at the University of the Philippine-Los Banos campus will cap its centennial anniversary on Nov....

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Unresolved issues in Paniqui poll row

Details IT’S RIVILLA!: The election protest filed against Mayor Miguel C....

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The NTC in Butuan: Still looking for reforms

Details Last Tuesday (Nov. 11), it was Butuan City’s turn to host the National Transformation Council (NTC) the first to be held in the island of Mindanao....

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Governors

Details Over two weeks ago, a petition was filed with the Office of the President asking that Governor Roger Mercado of Southern Leyte be immediately suspended from...

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EDITORIAL - Irresponsible

Details If the government is 100 percent sure that the soldiers are virus-free, what’s the point of placing them under 21-day quarantine on an island?...

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Major encounter

Details Five soldiers died while 24 were wounded in a five-hour heavy gunfight between the Armed Forces and 300 al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf insurgents in Talipao, Sul...

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Good news

Details It is really quite encouraging to know that the coming New Year will start with a good news....

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Forsaken Amerasians increasing; also Japinos, Kopinos, Chipinos

Details Not only abandoned Filipino Amerasians are increasing, as a sad offshoot of visiting US military troops....

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Port Irene’s Breakwater Project costs more than Iloilo Convention Center

Details A Special Economic Zone is defined as a geographical region that has economic and other laws that are more free-market-oriented than a country’s typical or n...

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Reality check

Details When Noynoy Aquino rose to power, he was warned that a sincere effort to stamp out corruption– one that will not be open to charges of political persecution...

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EDITORIAL - Another drug flea market

Details How hard is it to dismantle a drug “flea market” or tiangge?...

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Making the wrong sales pitch

Details After attending one after the other two important international summit meetings abroad last week, President Benigno “Noy” Aquino III is off again on yet anot...

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Low vitamin D linked to musculoskeletal pain

Details Is vitamin D a neglected analgesic for chronic musculoskeletal pain?...

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The December 2014 priority dates

Details The December 2014 Visa Bulletin provides more great news for Filipinos, as the priority dates in the various family and employment categories continue to mov...

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Accused and abused

Details “The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.” So said 18th century Irish politician and philosopher Edmund Burke who was known for his contempt agai...

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Not just politics

Details I keep reminding those who keep asking my personal take on the 2016 elections that it is  too early to conclude what the political alignments will be in the...

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Crowdsourcing politics and governance; Pope should land in Tacloban

Details There is a growing impatience that Bayanko, the crowdsourcing movement begin its work for drafting a new constitution to restructure its politics an...

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On pardon of Erap, ask GMA her intent

Details POWER POLITICS: Word is out that the Supreme Court is about to hand down its long-awaited decision on a petition seeking to remove former Pr...

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EDITORIAL - Fix-cals

Details He’s innocent unless guilt is established beyond reasonable doubt, based on evidence, by a judicial court....

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Community

Details In the beginning, there was only the Southeast Asian Treaty Organization (SEATO), an unabashe­dly pro-western military alliance modeled after the NATO....

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Honorable

Details Stuck in traffic the other day, I chanced upon a barangay sign listing the names of its incumbent officials....

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‘It is written in the stars’

Details I was intrigued by how a Thai member of parliament foretold that constitutional change in Thailand....

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EDITORIAL - Reducing the carbon footprint

Details Aside from promoting better relations among feuding neighbors, there was another significant development at the recently concluded annual summit of the Asia-...

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ICC probe

Details The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee probe into the alleged overpriced Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) — the pet project of Senator Franklin Drilon — revealed sim...

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EDITORIAL - Waiting for a Code of Conduct

Details Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held their summit in a country where an oppressive, reclusive regime used to be a major embarrassment f...

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P200 billion reasons

Details Instead of sympathy and understanding, the ranting in media by Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez has turned off many people, especially when he demanded t...

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Playing by global rules

Details It’s a sign of the times that the star of the just concluded summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum was not the president of the United...

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2.6% holds 97.4% hostage

Details During that season when airline passengers and media where ganging up on budget airlines and airport services, I was one of many who wholeheartedly supported...

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