Editorial & Opinion

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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A Portrait of the Filipino as a hero: In search of himself

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I am haunted by one of my late father, Maximo V. Soliven’s beautifully written column about Philippine Independence entitled: A Portrait of the Filipino as a hero: In search of himself.

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China censors Winnie the Pooh, Tigger spoof of Xi Jinping, Obama

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China’s Internet censors have taken exception to an eagle-eyed Chinese blogger noting an uncanny resemblance between the physique and walking strides of Winnie the Pooh and Tiggers, President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama respectively.

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Asia’s laggard in education

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The latest results of the Quacquarelli Symonds University Rankings were disappointing but bore no real surprises. The Philippines, the rankings show, continues to struggle to maintain high educational standards against the rest of the world and Asia.

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The Nicaragua Canal: China’s Secret Motive

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I first saw the Panama Canal in action back in 2002. Although it was nearly 90 years old at the time (and now soon to be 100 years old), it was an impressive piece of engineering to behold, even by modern standards.

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Duterte and Xi talk war

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Did Chinese President Xi Jinping threaten President Duterte with war? That’s what Mr. Duterte himself said, in an extraordinary disclosure last Friday, May 19. In his recounting, he said he had raised the possibility of the Philippines drilling for oil in those parts of its exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea that are contested by China.

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Peace is key to growth, poverty alleviation

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For years, the Philippine government has pursued peace talks with both the communist and Muslim rebels in the hope of finally ending these decades-long insurgencies and giving the economy the breathing room it needs to grow.

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Why US consuls may revoke B2 visitor visas

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Once a non-immigrant visa is issued by a consular officer at the US Embassy, it may be used by the visa holder anytime during the validity period of the visa. There are also cases where an unexpired visitor visa may no longer be used for travel. This happens when derogatory information is received by the consular officer and the visa is prematurely revoked by the said consular officer.

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EDITORIAL: Up In The Air

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Aircraft manufacturer Airbus says the Philippines will be one of eight aviation megacities by the year 2012, with the number of long-haul passengers exceeding 10,000 per day.

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China ascendant

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The Belt and Road Forum in Beijing over the weekend was yet another coming-out party for the new superpower. China’s impressive hosting of the 2008 Olympics had heralded its arrival on the world stage. Its climate change diplomacy that helped lead to the Paris Agreement of 2015 has cemented its leadership in global issues. Last weekend’s summit, attended by 28 heads of state or government, sealed its position as an economic power.

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