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In Duterte, superpowers confront a new kind of leader

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is thriving on controversy at the moment because those with whom he picks his fights are more controversial than he is. His chief recent targets have been the United States, whose century of colonial rule over the Philippines was marked by blood and violence, and the United Nations, where the US and other superpowers hold sway. Duterte, democratically elected on June 30, has lashed out at them both, and his people love it.

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Criminals’ happy days are over

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Presumptive President-elect Digong spelled out on Monday, May 16, his blueprint for fighting drugs, crime and corruption in government for his six-year term at Malacañang.

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Should undocumented be allowed to enlist in the U.S. Army?

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An amendment to the annual spending bill that could have prohibited young unauthorized immigrants from joining the military was defeated in the House on June 16, 2016. The House, which is led by majority Republicans, sent a strong message that not all Republicans are in support of anti-immigrant policies.

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We deserve the leader we elect

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In a democracy, where we have the freedom to choose our leaders through an election, we deserve the leaders we get.

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Helping the New President Fight Crime

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There is a wise saying, “Be careful of what you promise. People might believe it.”

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Edsa spirit challenged in 2016 elections

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It is so lamentable that while our Asean neighbors and the rest of the world are steadily climbing up the economic ladder and benefiting from growing political maturity, we in the Philippines have again to go through a hotly contested, divisive political exercise that seems to have brought out the worst in us and set us back as a people. Another revolution, peaceful or violent, is bruited about as a necessary evil or as a possible offshoot of the heated collision of views and interests engendered by this year’s elections.

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Reward a criminal to catch a criminal

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There’s a tried and tested way for ordinary citizens to lawfully profit from the proceeds of corruption, while still enabling the government to recover stolen public funds.

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Fair Trade must oppose sex-slavery

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When I first began a small project to give poor people a skilled training and work with respect, dignity, fair wages and good working conditions. In 1975 it was not called Preda Fair Trade. It was and is, normal ethical practice to give work with dignity, a fair wage and good working conditions, which everyone is supposed to do. But many don’t. It was a practical way to alleviate the misery and degrading life of the throwaway people and youth of Olongapo City.

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From crisis to development: boosting agriculture’s role

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With increasing frequency and magnitude, disasters and conflicts are causing untold human suffering in many parts of the world. These are as diverse as Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan), Ebola or civil war in Syria, to name but a few of the more recent.

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Is it vote-buying or helping people?

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When it comes to the reprehensible practice of vote-buying, the poor may view it differently, according to research findings of the Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC).

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