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Revising history

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If you don’t think history should ever be revised, perhaps you should become reacquainted with the leader of Myanmar, a certain Nobel Peace Prize winner by the name of Aung San Suu Kyi. Aung has long been venerated in the Western world as the very personification of freedom, democracy and human rights - sort of like a Buddhist, Indochinese Cory Aquino. 

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The first 100 days (1)

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(First of two parts) May you live in interesting times, the English say, referencing a supposed Chinese curse. The Chinese don’t really have such a curse, although they do have a saying that it is better to be a dog in times of peace than to be a human in a chaotic period.

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North Korea in the Senate

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President Rodrigo Duterte recently described Senator Antonio Trillanes as a one-man “political ISIS.” I think Senator Richard Gordon would agree with me instead of with Duterte when I say that Trillanes is really like the North Korea of the Senate, because he never follows the rules but never gets punished, either, for some still unknown reason.

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NYT blames Noynoy

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Not all members of the foreign media are clueless “parachutists” who become overnight experts on the Philippines after sitting in posh hotel lobbies. Some of them actually understand what’s going on in this country and write accordingly.

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Of course, no one should be killed by the police on the mere suspicion of being a drug pusher. That would still be all kinds of wrong, even if the government is waging a war on illegal drugs.

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Sing, Janet, sing!

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Cherchez la femme, as the French would say. And the woman will not be hard to find, since she’s already in prison.

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The real ‘palit-ulo’

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Right under everyone’s noses, Digong is pulling off his biggest, most outrageous “palit-ulo” scheme. But it doesn’t involve killing anyone - the exchange is all about shifting emphasis from traditional diplomatic partners and cultivating new ones regularly eyed with suspicion by the old.

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We’re our own backup

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Now that President Noynoy Aquino is leaving, I guess we can finally put to rest the old lies that he so brazenly told us during the six years of his now-ending term. And one of the biggest whoppers told by Aquino is the one about how the United States has got our back in our territorial dispute with China.

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A tale of two Ombudsmen

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I remember former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, who resigned shortly after being impeached by the House of Representatives rather than face trial in the Senate. Gutierrez had been told in no uncertain terms that she would be convicted and removed after a Senate trial because that was the instruction to the senators of then President Noynoy Aquino.

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Leni’s long wait

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Leni Robredo is seeking an audience with President-in-waiting Rodrigo Duterte, whom she intends to ask a Cabinet position from. In particular, Robredo wants to become secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development - a sure sign that she covets a high-profile position that will catapult her to higher office.

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