Editorial & Opinion

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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Why Settlements Take the Longest to Process During a Divorce

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The staggering amount recently put forward by Tisha Bautista as comprising her estranged husband’s allegedly questionably amassed wealth, and her demands for a substantial share of it cast an ugly light on the messy business of settlements.

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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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Divergent twins: PH and Thailand

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In 1970, the economies of the Philippines and Thailand looked like identical twins. Almost five decades later, we all know how different the two economies have become. Let me recount and update the story, which I first wrote about in this column 13 years ago.

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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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The Scourge of HIV, the Internet and Sex Tourism

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It was a day of courage and resilience for Isabel, a 14-year old child who could not endure the pain and hurt and fear of sexual abuse by her grandfather any longer. Despite threats against her and her sister, she told her classmate what was happening in the house of their grandfather. The classmate bravely told her mother and that mother knew what she had to do. She had attended a Preda Foundation child abuse preventive and reporting seminar and she sent a text message about the abuse to the Preda hotline.

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A betrayal of America’s soul

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For the United States  - a country of immigrants and their descendants - Sept. 5, 2017, marked a betrayal of the nation’s soul. The announcement by President Donald Trump’s administration that it is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) program, which President Barack Obama established by executive order in 2012, threatens to upend the lives of an entire generation.

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Trump’s eclipse of logic sets America adrift

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You may have missed it in the Philippines or wherever you may be in the diaspora, but the best images of the solar eclipse in the US was online, of course. And my favorite shot was that of the moon over the sun, leaving a distinct orange lining.

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Imperatives for Asean’s next half-century

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The great virtue of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ founding fathers is that they dared think the unthinkable. And because the stars were aligned, their audacity brought relative peace, stability and progress to the region over the decades.

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Rosaries and other distractions

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Among the “distracting” items that the new law on distracted driving has banned from the driver’s line of sight are rosaries dangling from the rearview mirror.

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