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The remaking of a great city; when ‘reform’ fails

Details CHENGDU — To most Filipinos, China is about the cities of Peking, Shanghai and Hong Kong....

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EDITORIAL - Lessons from martial law

Details Ferdinand Marcos was barred by the Constitution from seeking a third term....

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DOTC chopping up MRT is a costly idea

Details SIMPLY COMPLICATED: The arrival next year of 48 new coaches imported from China by the Department of Transportation and Communications is no...

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A step closer to peace

Details In March this year, I was a proud witness to the historic signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro....

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New strain of norovirus is causing half of cases

Details A new strain of norovirus, identified last March in Australia, has swept through the United States, causing more than half of the 2012 outbreaks....

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The October 2014 priority dates

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

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Marcos: One of 15 worst dictators

Details NEVER AGAIN. This is the reason why nations commemorate, not only victories, but also the most tragic events in their history....

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BBL: Road to peace or more violence?

Details We had coffee with Speaker Sonny Belmonte (SB) in his office at the Batasan after his meeting with some members of Congress to discuss the proposed House Bil...

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Binay is damaged goods until….

Details I was at home feeling sick, but I didn’t care to listen to the supposedly much anticipated speech that Vice-Pres....

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EDITORIAL - Displaced

Details Mario was no super typhoon like Yolanda, but floods spawned by the tropical storm shut down Metro Manila yesterday....

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PCOSed

Details For better or for worse, we are wed to the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) system — at least for the 2016 elections....

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Looking back 30 years ago

Details Tomorrow it will have been 42 years since Ferdinand E. Marcos declared martial law and began a 14-year fascist dictatorship....

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History’s ironies

Details It may be the news of today, but when one thinks of the history of Filipinos and the Chinese under Spanish imperialism, one can’t help but feel a twinge....

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Refreshing

Details The refreshing Pope Francis was at it again.  Last Sunday, he officiated in the public marriage at St Peter’s Basilica of 20 parishioner couples from his dio...

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VP Binay answers accusations

Details Vice President Jejomar Binay delivered a 21-minute speech at the PICC Thursday afternoon answering the accusations of overpricing of the Makati City Hall Par...

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A legacy of darkness

Details Before he left last Friday for his official trips to Europe and the United States, President Benigno “Noy” Aquino III signed his first written and official e...

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How damaging?

Details With his supporters providing moral support, Vice President Jejomar Binay finally answered the accusations of corruption against him yesterday....

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EDITORIAL - Casualty of criminality

Details This is the consequence of rising criminality: the country will lose an estimated P284 million in tourism revenue after 149 chartered flights from China were...

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Misleading

Details P-Noy’s latest request to Congress for emergency powers that would enable him to address the “imminent shortage of power” in 2015 especially in Luzon has onc...

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PNP chief: 200 rogue cops under watch

Details President Noynoy Aquino beefs about crime news reporting....

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Let’s give it a try

Details Last Tuesday afternoon, I had to do a parts run from Pasig to Diliman, Quezon City....

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The tragedies of martial rule

Details August is the month for honoring Ninoy and Cory Aquino whose personal sacrifices and leadership restored democracy to the Philippines....

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Noy criticizing GMA abroad in bad taste

Details BAD FORM: Will a member of his entourage please whisper to President Noynoy Aquino, now on a trip to Europe, that it is bad form to try elev...

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Cebu is getting nothing from the Mactan deal?

Details Last Friday, there was a public hearing on the proposed increase of the terminal fees of the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA), but I didn’...

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P-Noy open for 2016

Details Answering reporters in Madrid, Spain, President Aquino again said he has not ruled out a second term saying “if there’s a will, there’s a way.”...

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When the tide of investment rises

Details It is rare that an Ambassador gets the opportunity to view his own country through the eyes of a foreign investor....

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Imperfect

Details Before he left for his European sojourn, President Aquino announced that P5 billion will be released to help upgrade the services of the MRT-3. Fine....

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EDITORIAL - P-Noy woos Europe

Details President Aquino is wooing European investments as business confidence in the country slipped in the latest survey....

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Goodbye ‘tocayo’: You’ve Got a Friend

Details One of my favorite songs is an original and timeless piece composed by Carole King and popularized by James Taylor, titled “You’ve Got a Friend.” This song h...

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EDITORIAL - Discomfort zones

Details Filipinos call them comfort rooms, and the facilities are missing in many parts of the country....

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Arbitration vs Beijing: Victory for Phl is victory for mankind

Details China’s communist rulers absurdly annex the “global commons,” Earth resources that sensibly belong to all....

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Incongruous but legal

Details Can a sister adopt her younger brother? This is the question answered in this case of Lita....

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The elephant in the room

Details Surrender is an ugly word, especially for macho men engaged in armed rebellion....

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They don’t make ’em like they used to

Details In this decade of obsolescence when cars, electronic goods and hardware are designed and produced to insure that they fail, fall apart or disintegrate within...

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Port congestion sidetracked the truck ban

Details Last Saturday, former President and now Mayor Joseph Estrada lifted the controversial truck ban in Manila that sought to ease traffic gridlock in busy roads...

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EDITORIAL - Lifestyle check

Details With police officers being implicated in the current crime wave, the government is considering lifestyle checks on members of the Philippine National Police....

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Erap lifts truck ban

Details Mayor Joseph Estrada announced the indefinite lifting of the daytime truck ban beginning 12 noon on Saturday....

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Parents, do you want to see grandchildren?

Details Before he left for his European and US trip, President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III came out to urge Filipino parents to have their children vaccinated as the...

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Monsters

Details British Prime Minister David Cameron tried to capture in words the immense outrage of all humanity....

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JDV bats for united alliance; Legarda on Filipino women

Details There can be no hedging, no turning away, but facing up to the challenges of our turbulent times and finding solutions, was the simple message put across by...

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Emergency powers strip Noy of excuses

Details NO MORE EXCUSES: We are caught in a dark corner where we have no choice but to beg the Congress to give President Noynoy Aquino emergency po...

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Cars, cars and more cars!

Details In spite of monstrous traffic jams, flooded streets and fluctuating fuel prices, nothing will douse the passion of the Filipino car culture, even car manufac...

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EDITORIAL - Safety consciousness

Details At least this time the death toll was relatively low....

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Beijing calls ‘island’ an undersea atoll

Details China’s communist rulers shamelessly claim the “global commons,” the planet’s resources that commonsensically belong to all....

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Our fondest hope

Details This is the first time in more than four years of P-Noy’s presidency when I wholeheartedly and fully agree with him....

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Unresolved

Details When President Aquino goes to Germany in his second visit to Europe this week, he will be entering through the government-run airport in Berlin rather than F...

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Touch Me Not

Details Jose Rizal used the words, Noli Me Tangere the spoken words of Jesus to Mary Magdalene (according to John) after his resurrection, for the title of his great...

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Is there no one else?

Details  It was like listening to a state of the nation address (SONA) when President Benigno “Noy” Aquino III delivered a speech aired live from Malacañang Palace l...

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Triumph of the cross

Details In today’s Second Reading, St. Paul emphasizes how much the divine-human Jesus loved us that he gave his very life for our salvation....

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