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Family

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WHEN then Vice President Joseph Estrada was interviewed on a talk show, he made the astute observation that corruption is rooted in the family system.

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‘Bato’ rocks

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SO everyone expected Senator Leila to beard the lion in his den? As it turned out, top cop “Bato” had the senators lapping up his every word, congratulating him for a job well done and thanking him for his and his men’s sacrifices in the war on drugs.

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Juicy but —

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COME on, Senator Leila, stop titillating half the population with juicy tidbits like “Napalapit po siya sa akin. . . personal na bagay na po iyan” (we became close. . . it’s a personal matter) and the “snippets of facts, snippets of truth” inserted among the bigger “distortions, exaggerations, and lies” that she said accounted for the presidential tirades against her. Add this one, still in her own words: “Wala na po siya sa akin pero may komunikasyon pa rin kami” (he’s no longer with me but we’re in touch).

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NOT all of them hurt their targets physically. Many of them use other means to show power over their victims: Name-calling (using hurting/unfair labels and terms in order to make other people feel/look inferior and unacceptable.

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‘2030’

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Next was Alex Santos, with an NGO called Think Tank Convenor for Duterte Governance. “Governance,” he emphasized, “not government.” Mr. Santos set off a round of noisy chatter as he and his colleagues, including the physicist Dr. Rogelio Posadas, are for nuclear energy: “The only way to create jobs is to industrialize. The only way to industrialize is to bring down the cost of energy. That means nuclear energy, 79 percent cheaper than oil.”

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No hurry

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I’M not joining the debate on whether Ferdinand Marcos, dead these many years (since 1989), deserves to be buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani. The way I see it, the discussion may be compartmentalized into the legal, the political, and the sentimental.

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