Editorial & Opinion

West Philippine Sea, Rizal’s dream

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I recently attended the Fil-Am press Kapihan hosted by the fearless Filipino American leader Loida Nicolas Lewis. Her latest passion is the West Philippine Sea dispute with China.

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EDITORIAL: Deafening silence at the Palace

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It is truly ironic that one of the first acts of President Benigno S. Aquino III in office was to denounce the greed of top executives at the state-owned Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System.

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War looms again amid hopes of peace

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Just as the Aquino administration had expressed optimism for lasting peace in Mindanao following an agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on the establishment of a Bangsamoro entity, the Nur Misuari-led Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) raised the specter of war in the region.

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We Are “Forced” to Have the Forces

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The recent talks on the revival of the former US military bases in Subic and Clark, possibly through a charter change sent ripples throughout the country creating divisions among pro and anti Americans especially among the netizens. But the truth of the matter is the Americans never left and this time around after they physically left its military bases, they actually turned the whole archipelago as their military outpost in this part of the world.

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Aquino’s SONA: Lies, deceptions and silly boasts

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How can you respect a President who, in a speech that should discuss where we are as a nation, instead brags about his purported accomplishments by barraging us with claims which turn out to be downright false, deceptive, arguable as to its veracity, or puerile boasts?

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When authority is perverse, abuse is rife

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It’s all about power and fear. Several impoverished, abused, cheated and beaten Filipino female workers taking shelter in Middle Eastern Philippine embassies have been allegedly sexually assaulted and prostituted by some corrupt and depraved embassy officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

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Institutional changes

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As of yesterday afternoon, there was still no word from Malacañang on whether President Aquino had accepted the resignation of Danilo Lim as deputy commissioner for intelligence of the Bureau of Customs.

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Mindboggling, troubling offers for Maguindanao massacre victims

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There are a number of disturbing things in the aborted settlement between the Ampatuans and the relatives of the 14 victims of the Nov 23, 2009 massacre that was considered the deadliest day for journalists (32 of the 58 victims were members of media.

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EDITORIAL: Cultivating a state of the nation

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Given the popularity of social media Web sites that allow an internet user to voluntarily post photos and thoughts, or whatever quality and quantity, experts have raised the question: How different are we from the personas we cultivate on the Internet?

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EDITORIAL: The learning curve

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Nearly half of the new members of the House of Representatives who will assume office on July 22 are taking up a crash course on legislation at the University of the Philippines—National College of Public Administration and Governance.

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