Editorial & Opinion

Man that got away

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Was it so long ago that we seem to have forgotten the “Hello Garci” scandal that occurred in 2004? Or have we been so snowed under by the pork barrel scam that hardly a peep is heard regarding the man who got away, the man who must feel like the luckiest in the world?

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Bravery and heroism

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On April 9, 72 years ago, the news dreaded by everyone crackled over short-wave radio: Bataan had fallen. From Malinta Tunnel in the neighboring island of Corregidor, the last stronghold of the combined Filipino and US forces fighting against the Japanese, 3rd Lt. Normando Ildefonso Reyes read the broadcast message written by Capt. Salvador P. Lopez

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Where will the buck stop?

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Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was not found liable for the P728-million fertilizer fund scam that occurred during her administration elicited profound disappointment among those shocked by the bare-faced gall that surrounded it.

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Promises

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If there’s one thing that the Aquino administration can be proud of, it’s the remarkable economic growth of 7.2 percent and 6.8 percent in 2012 and 2013, respectively. But if there’s one thing that should keep it from bragging, it’s the fact that this prosperity has yet to be felt by those who need it most.

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What about the constitutional barriers?

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The signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front expectedly drew mixed reactions from various sectors.

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Building better cities

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With extreme weather disturbances now the new normal worldwide, it’s but appropriate for governments to seek “best practices and new approaches” to bringing about “livable cities” that will ensure the wellbeing, indeed the very survival, of their constituents. It takes bold thinking as well as an open mind.

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Philippine Fair Trade Manager Assassinated

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Fair trade is all about working for justice, for the poor, the downtrodden, the impoverished and exploited people. It strives to lift them up to a life of dignity and greater opportunity in a non-violent, peaceful way through economic development. Fair Trade is a practical way to respect the rights and dignity of the poorest of the poor and to restore their human dignity. It does this by

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Arguing with cannons

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On Jan. 27, in bad weather, a Chinese Coast Guard vessel with Bow No. 3063 bore down on two Filipino fishing boats in Bajo de Masinloc, sounded its horn continuously, then unloaded its water cannons on both boats “for several minutes.”

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Wishing they were April Fool’s Day jokes

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We wish these three reports were April Fool’s Day jokes:

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Yet another bus crash

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Last Friday, Feb. 7 was to have been a day of reprieve for Don Mariano Transit, the bus company whose seven franchises were cancelled by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in the wake of an accident in December in which one of its buses fell off the Skyway and killed 21 people.

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