Editorial & Opinion

Migration and rural development

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Throughout history, one of the most effective strategies for people to look for a better future has been to move, in most cases leaving impoverished rural areas in search of more productive opportunities elsewhere.

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What if Moros acted like Catalans?

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A recent electoral event in Europe could influence the course of the political history of Philippine Morolandia. The Catalans of Spain defied the national authority and, invoking their right to self-determination, held a referendum on Oct. 1 that they hoped would stamp legitimacy on their bid for independence.

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US Republicans and gun violence

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After the mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, the other week, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters: “It’s particularly inappropriate to politicize an event like this. It just happened within the last day and a half.”

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A call to be real Filipinos

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Washington SyCip was an American citizen. His critics in local business and political circles - and he had his fair share - liked to point out that the boardroom guru used a “blue passport” whenever he traveled.

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Clogged courts and jails

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A modern, democratic, free society exists through the rule of law.

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The Persecution of the Rohingya

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The hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees fleeing the attacks and burning of their villages in Myanmar are walking hundreds of miles across mountains and through jungles in rain to escape the slaughter by the Myanmar armed forces.

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A clear victory

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The “liberation” of the Islamic City of Marawi, after nearly five months of fighting, could have been more ambiguous; an end to hostilities and a retaking of the entire city, perhaps, but with the leaders of IS Ranao, the Islamic State-affiliated group, escaping into the countryside.

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Mother’s love

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Some things are just good to do, with no expectation of a reward. Longer maternity leave is one of them. In a country as family-focused and family-loving as the Philippines, it’s sadly amazing that maternity leave is only a heartless 12 weeks. That puts it near the bottom of the list of countries that honor mothers. This is much lower than the 14 weeks recommended by the International Labor Organization (ILO). In Southeast Asia, employees are given up to 13.5 weeks.

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Learning from our Taiwanese neighbors

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Just to illustrate how close Taiwan is as our neighbor to the north, residents of Batanes, our northernmost province, can receive radio broadcasts from the island at any time of the day.

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Get in first

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The earlier you catch cancer, the better the chance of curing it. It’s the same with almost all other diseases. The sooner they’re caught, the higher the chance of cure. And the less the cost to cure.

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