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Privileged

Details This is a unique libel case because it involves the use of a text message in a cellular phone as a means of publication of the allegedly libelous communicati...

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EDITORIAL - Off to a crawling start

Details Now you can see why fraternity hazing persists....

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Abaya to relocate airport in his congressional turf

Details It was a bad week for Noynoy Aquino’s Yellow Crowd....

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‘Department of Emergency’

Details  “Houston, we have a problem.”...

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Rejuvenation

Details Government service can burn you out, unless you’re maintaining a certain lifestyle by skimming billions in people’s money....

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A week of unforgettable events

Details To say that last week was surreal would be a bit of an understatement....

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False hopes and false alarms

Details Department of Energy Secretary “ikot” Petilla has been spending a lot of energy telling us we’re about to go back into the dark ages unless he convinces the...

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Cynthia Villar on cocolisap, garlic and romantic PNR trips

Details When Cynthia Villar was elected to the Philippine Senate in May 2010,  she wished she would be appointed chair of the agriculture and food committee....

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Aquino-SC quarrel is all about money

Details BLACKMAIL?: The impending collision between the Executive and the Judiciary, particularly between Malacañang and the Supreme Court over cons...

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Russia continues to spread her ‘errors’

Details The death toll from Typhoon Glenda has now reached 94 persons with 6 persons still missing and some 317 injured in this natural disaster, the National Disast...

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Blackmail

Details The judiciary, by constitutional dictate, is the third co-equal branch of government. It does not control the army and does not control the purse....

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EDITORIAL - More lost competitiveness

Details The shipments started piling up last year as scandals rocked the Bureau of Customs, which eventually led to a sweeping reorganization from its head to its se...

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DAP worse than PDAF

Details This was the observation of former Chief Justice Reynato Puno. In the past, releases of big amounts were announced with much fanfare....

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‘Storm-proof’

Details “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them” – Albert Einstein....

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EDITORIAL - All eyes on Russia

Details At 30,000 to 40,000 feet, the cruise altitude of commercial aircraft on long-haul flights is believed to be safely out of the range of shoulder-fired missile...

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Dangerous tendency

Details Criticisms are credible only for as long as the critics themselves are not “birds of the same feather” as the persons they denounce....

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Can’t let go

Details From the flood of official statements in the past days, it looks like there are marching orders all the way from the top for all government agencies to trump...

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Dividing the nation through colors

Details I am still puzzled why the President had to ask the people to wear a yellow ribbon after his preempted SONA speech last week. Does he feel alone?...

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Five-star accommodations

Details Call it bad luck or misfortune, the Boeing 777 plane that was shot down by deadly surface-to-air missiles as it flew in the airspace of strife-torn Ukraine l...

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The Aquino legacies

Details It was the week that the World Bank President had come to the Philippines to confirm that in the last four years, under the P-Noy presidency, the country had...

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They saw power crisis coming, but didn’t act

Details BLACKOUT: Things that we taxpayers have to endure because pig heads in government presume to rule other people’s lives despite their incompe...

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Weeded

Details Have you ever seen pure light? There is no such thing. Not even laser light, which is made with light waves being made to move in concert with each other....

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Newly described tick-borne infection in New England

Details At least 24 people in the northeast United States have been infected with a newly described, as yet-unnamed, tick-borne illness....

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EDITORIAL - Casualties of war

Details The transcripts of intercepted conversations were chilling....

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Avoiding an affidavit of support (Form I-864) by working 40 quarters

Details Family based petitions and some employment-based petitions (where a relative owns a 5% interest in the petitioning company) require the petitioner to submit...

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A role for elders in our future

Details SINGAPORE — A son invited me to celebrate my birthday  here where he has lived for more than 14 years....

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‘We need electric power, not people power’

Details Judging from the tweets, comments and emails we received for a recent article we wrote, most Filipinos are more concerned about continuing unemployment, the...

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Hasty, tactless move to dispute DAP ruling

Details It appears that President Aquino acted hastily and tactlessly when he decided to publicly defend the DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program) and dispute the...

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A call for a National Transformation Council now!

Details Last Monday, President Benigno Simeon Aquino shocked Filipinos with his defiant words against the Supreme Court....

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Strictly legal

Details Saint Mark is to the Gospel as Fr. Joaquin Bernas, SJ is to the 1987 Constitution....

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CJ Puno defends SC

Details Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno defended the Supreme Court (SC) on its decision declaring parts of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstituti...

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Quo vadis President Aquino?

Details When the Supreme Court ruled on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) two weeks ago, President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III disappeared from the limeligh...

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EDITORIAL - Bowing to the law

Details It’s good to hear officials reassuring the public that Malacañang will abide by whatever is the final ruling of the Supreme Court on the controversial Disbur...

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Yellow

Details Asked in all seriousness by a sympathetic businessman about how they may help the President in the midst of all his troubles, Aquino replied that his support...

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In the dark

Details The first typhoon of the rainy season to hit Metro Manila reminded us of two things: the vulnerability of our energy supply, and the lack of programs to prot...

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EDITORIAL - A cop’s staying power

Details He has been suspended 12 times for various offenses, but Police Officer 1 Jaime Jan Brian Nicabera must have friends in high places....

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More dark days ahead

Details At least a week before “Glenda” even developed into a full-blown typhoon and entered the Philippines, we had been warned about imminent new power supply inte...

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Dualism

Details By now P-Noy must have realized that a great majority of Filipinos painfully bewail his contemptuous attack of the Supreme Court (SC) for its unanimous decis...

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They’re pressuring SC to restore pork barrels

Details What has government done with the proposal of giant San Miguel Corp. to put up a new $10-billion Manila International Airport?...

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When we won’t – nature will

Details Once upon a long, long time, back when I was living in the beautiful state of Connecticut, my host asked my help in finding a reputable company that could as...

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Urfa, land of Abraham

Details URFA— We are in Urfa, capital city of Urfa province in southeastern Turkey....

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Remembering, visiting Zamboanga City

Details Along with other representatives of diplomatic missions, UN agencies and NGOs based in Manila, I recently visited Zamboanga City, at the invitation of Social...

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P-Noy challenges SC

Details After hurling a veiled threat at the Supreme Court and directly questioning the unanimous 13-0 decision declaring the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP)...

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Noy’s other problem: Delayed Bangsamoro

Details FOUL WEATHER: Do not cross President Noynoy Aquino. He seems to be in a foul mood lately....

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Balancing, not supremacy

Details The President’s relationships with Congress and the bureaucracy receive considerable public attention....

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Contempt

Details A few hours before President Aquino was due to deliver his “national address” last Monday, I was with a group of friends speculating on what he might say....

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EDITORIAL - Improving preparedness

Details Weather forecasters got it right, down to the hours when the powerful winds of Typhoon Glenda would roar across Luzon from the eastern seaboard to the northw...

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The coming ‘clash of titans?’

Details What do you know: after the Supreme Court’s unanimous 13-0 ruling declaring the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as unconstitutional, President Benign...

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On the offensive

Details Like any respondent in a court case, the government has the right to seek a reconsideration of an adverse Supreme Court (SC) ruling....

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