Editorial & Opinion

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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Stress City

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As though to attempt to illustrate how a European study could list Manila along with Baghdad, Cairo and Karachi among the 10 most stressful cities in the world, three MRT trains conked out and disgorged its passengers in the thick of rush hour Friday morning - just one among many incidents of mind-numbing inconveniences that residents of the metro have to put up with.

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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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Dying Dream

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If there is much interest in these parts in US President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, it’s because the Philippines is among the top 10 countries of origin for Daca recipients.

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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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Sad story of MRT3

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The sad story that is the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) still has no happy ending in sight. More than a year since the Duterte administration promised to ease the plight of commuters, the fate of the train system traversing Edsa remains unclear.

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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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Damage control?

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Three days after the death of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos in the hands of Caloocan City policemen during a drug raid - and after the public appears to have overcome its shock and is now expressing outrage at the brutal manner of his extinction - the cops trotted out an alleged drug suspect who said he had transacted with the young man on drug buys at least twice a week.

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