Editorial & Opinion

Obama’s non-visit to PH win-win for PNoy

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The honeymoon of President Aquino with the Filipino people is apparently coming to an end. And he has nobody to blame but his instinct and his sub-alterns.

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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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Damaging disclosure

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Last Sept. 16, a sensational revelation was splashed all over the internet that immediately went viral online, even if it was initially blocked in the Facebook. This is the article written by Kit Tatad in his Manila Standard Today column, “First Things First” disclosing that Janet Lim Napoles had a secret lunch at the Palace before she surrendered to P-Noy.

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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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Bad deeds shouldn’t go unpunished

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Two acts of goodness awed Americans in the past week, one involving a homeless man in Boston who found a backpack containing $2,400 in cash and $39,500 in traveler’s checks and turned it over to the police, and the other a 19-year-old Dairy Queen manager who gave $20 to a vision-impaired customer who lost the amount to an elderly woman who refused to give back the money she had picked up after the former dropped it unknowingly.

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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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Beware of the ‘fourth monkey’

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Call it an allegory or a fable, a parable or a proverb or whatever. Its key feature is the realistic thought or practical lesson is forwarded by the known saying in the realm of what is right and proper what is true and real. And this is exactly the content and intent of the famous — or infamous — story of “The Three Monkeys.”

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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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The urgency of country branding

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The Philippines has a serious image problem. Despite the seal of good housekeeping given by Fitch and Standard & Poor’s, the country is still plagued by images formed during our nation’s darkest years.

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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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