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POGOs: Economic gains vs social costs

    SO, shutting down Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) operations is off the table. The guarantee came from President Duterte himself. He would neither stop nor suspend POGO activities primarily because of the enormous income the government earns from its operations, said Salvador Panelo, the President’s chief legal counsel and mouthpiece. Panelo said POGO […]

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POGOs and violence

  THERE is a growing trend of violence among foreigners, mainly Chinese victimizing Chinese. Authorities have reported numerous crimes of robbery, extortion, kidnapping, rape, and prostitution, among others, instigated by Chinese against their compatriots. The most recent and probably the worst, so far, was the shooting of a couple by their three dinner companions in […]

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Immigration bribery ring

  A BRIBERY syndicate may be deeply entrenched in the Bu­reau of Immigration (BI) and op­erating right under the noses of its officials and employees. Justice Secretary Menardo Gue­varra says that if such a syndicate does exist, it may have ties with groups in China and maybe quite challenging to break. I agree with Guevarra […]

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Alliance shift or on our own?

Since his 2016 election win, President Duterte has repeatedly threatened to put an end to the Filipino-American alliance while focusing on cultivating relationships with China or Russia. And so it has begun. He terminated the military pact known as the 1998 Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). The cancellation last January of Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa’s […]

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Alliance shift or on our own?

Since his 2016 election win, President Duterte has repeatedly threatened to put an end to the Filipino-American alliance while focusing on cultivating relationships with China or Russia. And so it has begun. He terminated the military pact known as the 1998 Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). The cancellation last January of Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa’s […]

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What emergency response?

  IT was quite hard to believe the failure of government emergency responders to lend aid to a male foreigner who collapsed on Taft Av­enue near Remedios Street in Ermita, Manila, recently. The uploader of the video, which was posted on Facebook and went viral last week, spoke of contacting government hospitals to send an […]

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