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Thoughts on the state of the nation

Details Last Monday, the eyes of the country were trained on President Noynoy Aquino as he took to the podium for his sixth and last State of the Nation address....

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EDITORIAL - Curbing dynasties

Details He’s had bills pending for decades passed by Congress, so President Aquino is reportedly confident that he can get lawmakers to approve one of the priority m...

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SONAngaling: P-Noy lied about MRT-3

Details The 540,000 daily riders and his own family know. Barefaced lies were all that P-Noy said about the MRT-3 in his last State of the Nation....

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Fatal falsity

Details A marriage contracted without a marriage license by a man and a woman of legal age is void except when they have lived together as husband and wife for at le...

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Not yet time for goodbye

Details Except for the excruciating length, it was a predictable final State of the Nation Address (SONA) for President Aquino: he had already given a glimpse of it...

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‘Les Missed in Metro Manile’

Details “Compassion hurts.  When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away....

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Continuity

Details It took two hours and 12 minutes for President Benigno “Noy” Aquino III to say his goodbye and thank you....

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The waiting continues

Details Today The Philippine STAR turns 29 years old. How time has flown!...

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Sans a contra-SONA, I’ve to rate Noy 88%

Details BEFORE everything else, we happily mention that today is the 29th anniversary of The Philippine STAR, your favorite newspaper....

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Still no justice in 5 years of President Aquino

Details We cannot yet comment on the 6th and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III because by the time he is speaking in C...

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Immaterial

Details Our political party system has been weak to begin with. Over the past five years, they became immensely weaker....

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EDITORIAL - The final year

Details He still has 11 months to go, but it was the last time that he would address the joint session of Congress....

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Divided opinion

Details President Benigno Simeon Aquino III delivered his 6th State of the Nation State Address (SONA) and his last reports on the state of the country yesterday bef...

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Competition not presidency

Details “If you want any industry to improve, just give them competition”...

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A prelude to the President's final SONA

Details These thoughts are being written on the weekend prior to the President’s final State of the Nation Address (SONA)—thus purely speculative....

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EDITORIAL - Food safety

Details Criminal charges have been filed against 13 persons in connection with a food poisoning incident that sent 438 grade school students to various hospitals las...

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The last report card

Details For his final assessment of the state of the nation before he bows out of office, President Aquino can be expected to crow about his achievements, notably ec...

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What state Abad, Abaya, Alcala brought us to

Details “Kung walang korap, walang mahirap (If no corrupt, no poor)” won Noynoy Aquino the Presidency in 2010. Five years on, it has lost luster....

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What will we remember of President Benigno Aquino III?

Details The President will give his last State of the Nation Address today....

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Fence sitters

Details It’s barely ten months before the May 9, 2016 polls, or 286 days to go before election day....

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Antibiotics overprescribed for sore throat, bronchitis

Details Physician continue to inappropriately prescribe antibiotic for sore throat and bronchitis, analyses of data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey...

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P-Noy’s ‘final curtain’

Details It’s hard to believe how quickly five years have gone by with President Noynoy Aquino delivering his final State of the Nation Address tomorrow....

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EDITORIAL - A PPP project

Details President Aquino drove his own Toyota Land Cruiser and became the first customer as the Daang Hari-SLEX link road project, now known as the Muntinlupa-Cavite...

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What should we do when Jesus walks away?

Details Our Gospel last Sunday ended with Jesus seeing the vast crowd and being moved by their plight “for they were like sheep without a shepherd” (Mark 6:34)....

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Great news for children born ‘out of wedlock’ to US citizen fathers

Details The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that an out of wedlock child’s Constitutional equal protection rights to derive US citizenship at birth we...

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The only thing certain is the uncertainty

Details Since time immemorial the oligarchy has dominated our political system. Then were added family dynasties....

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State of the Nation? Just look around you

Details IT MIGHT be best for President Noynoy Aquino to just deliver his final State of the Nation Address in a telecast from Malacañang instead of reading it tomorr...

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The last SONA and future generations

Details On the day of his final State of the nation Address, President Benigno Aquino can rightfully claim that the Philippines has indeed come a long way in such a...

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Questions for Poe-Escudero

Details Most political analysts and senior political leaders now agree that Senator Grace Poe is running for president with Senator Chiz Escudero as her vice preside...

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What the ‘summit’ was all about

Details I do not know what to make of the “summit on constitutional amendments” last Wednesday at Club Filipino....

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EDITORIAL - Tourism competitiveness

Details The Philippines has several World Heritage Sites and many other attractions both natural and man-made....

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Agriculture lag, other issues in final SONA

Details A month ago I wrote in this space that at least two unresolved issues – his “dismal record” on human rights and impunity and the Mamasapano tragedy – will ho...

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Schism

Details The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) is a mystifying institution....

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Intimate partners now at risk from HIV

Details If you think that having an intimate partner will always keep you safe from contracting HIV, better think again....

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Beautification

Details Roxas Boulevard is looking better these days....

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EDITORIAL - Daily glitches

Details Will there ever be an end to the woes of light railway commuters?...

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Quest for truth

Details In the interest of balanced airing of views and opinions, allow me to discuss today the editorial last July 9, of the Philippine Daily Inquirer about the Sup...

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Mamasapano killers scot free / Setting Comelec Chief aright

Details The commando general has been charged and P-Noy cleared, as the 102 massacrers guffaw....

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Vacations and staycations

Details By lunchtime today, I hope to be checking-in at the Diamond Hotel for a “Staycation” and birthday celebration of my wife Karen....

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Turning a blind corner

Details The ongoing legislative inquiries by both chambers of the 16th Congress on the alleged padded claims by certain unscrupulous hospitals, eye clinics and docto...

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Of consciences, blood bank and trash

Details “Until we have taken it upon ourselves that the key to climate change adaptation and mitigation lies in each and every individual’s effort to be part of the...

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Finally, we have an anti-trust law!

Details Last Tuesday, President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III signed into law the Philippine Competition Act, which was sponsored by Sen. Bam Aquino....

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New DLSU president Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC

Details Brother Raymundo Belardo Suplido FSC, PhD  has just assumed the position of President of De La Salle University, the leading private educational institution ...

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EDITORIAL - Dumping ground

Details Police caught this one on time, but how many others have managed to dump toxic wastes in public places around the country?...

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More education and fewer bricks in the wall

Details The charcoal stove flickers into life before dawn in Pembo, Makati, and the rice cooker begins to gurgle.  So begins another mother’s day of preparation to t...

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Pathetic

Details His record at courtship was never sterling to begin with. This week, that record turned plainly pathetic....

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What Noy may omit in his farewell SONA

Details IN HIS valedictory State of the Nation Address on Monday, President Noynoy Aquino is expected to again pat his administration on the back....

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EDITORIAL - Another mining disaster

Details Mining companies have had a difficult time operating in several countries including the Philippines, and it’s not without reason....

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P-Noy’s province becomes Canada’s garbage dump

Details A locally developed election automation has outdone the imported PCOS (precinct count optical scanner) in all four requisites of law....

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Star power

Details The husband and political mentor was the one who spoke up yesterday for Ate Vi, which was rather disappointing for feminists as it reinforced rumors spread b...

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