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Figuring Out the BBL – Part 3 (final)

Friday, 8 May 2015 | Written by
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Continued from “Figuring Out the BBL ” Part 1 and Part 2 And so we come to the last part of this article series. In the past two parts we looked at the first few objections raised by the ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, as currently proposed. I agreed with them on some, but not…Read More »

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16 Toward 2016: Qualities of the leader we need in the next presidential elections

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | Written by
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With less than a year left before the next presidential polls, perhaps it’s already time to think about the national leader we want to install next. It makes sense contemplating on what’s to come in the not so distant future as the country went through a mix of major developments that included calamities, scandals, controversies, and of course progress. After…Read More »

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Of Velosos and ‘firing squad’ journalism

Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | Written by
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(Editor ‘s note May 5, 2015 2:00pm I inadvertently deleted the first two sentences. This article has been updated – Noemi ) Errors in reportage are so common nowadays as speed and news saleability become the metrics of the news business. Most of these errors could be easy bygones because there is always a more recent and more hilarious one. But the recent series of ethical lapses by the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) on the…Read More »

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High on Mary Jane, Agitated by the ‘Mayweather’ (Part 2 of 2)

Monday, 4 May 2015 | Written by
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Continued from Part 1 Binay, not PNoy If it’s contentious letting Aquino take much of the credit, it’s even more contentious blaming him if the execution proceeded as scheduled. Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist Neal Cruz nailed it when he called out Vice-President Binay’s negligence in Veloso’s case. He is supposed to be a champion of OFWs, as his infomercial would…Read More »

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High on Mary Jane, Agitated by the ‘Mayweather’ (Part 1 of 2)

Monday, 4 May 2015 | Written by
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For your principled leadership, indomitable sense of justice and responsibility, desire to serve his people over the concerns of your political and personal allies, refusal to give in to the pressures of your international allies, the impressive statesmanship, and compassion, we are grateful to … ….the leader of Indonesia, President Joko Widodo. The Filipino people want to thank you even…Read More »

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What could go wrong in the 2016 elections?

Thursday, 30 April 2015 | Written by
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A year before elections, watchdog LENTE points out five issues that need to be addressed ASAP A year before the 2016 National and Local Elections, the election group LENTE (Legal Network for Truthful Elections) identifies five concerns/issues that could affect the elections’ credibility. The five concerns are: appointments in the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), the system to be used in…Read More »

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Xenophobia in South Africa

Sunday, 26 April 2015 | Written by
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Foreigners, mostly first generation immigrants were being attacked, some killed. Their homes, their precious investments and family businesses harassed, their children threatened. Never mind that they served the public, provided for its daily needs and contributed to the economy making lives better all around. Never mind still that they were not undocumented aliens but were actually legitimate citizens and residents…Read More »

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Figuring Out the BBL – Part 2

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 | Written by
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Continued from Part 1 In the previous portion of this article series, we saw how the House of Representatives ad hoc committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be tackled. We took a look at the first few objections raised by the ad hoc committee with respect to the creation of certain independent offices to carry out the mandate of…Read More »

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Moniker Iqbal: Still waging war through a name?

Saturday, 18 April 2015 | Written by
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This issue simply refuses to die down. People still want to know the real identity of the chief MILF negotiator. People are intrigued why he refuses to reveal his true self. Mohagher Iqbal, according to Mohagher Iqbal or whoever he really is, is a nom de guerre. In short, it is a fictitious name. Nom de guerre is a French…Read More »

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