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More than a year ago, I became a grandfather. Few events in one’s life can rival the feeling of being a lolo. It’s right up there with the time I married the love of my life, Cynthia, and the birth of my children, Paolo, Mark, and Camille.

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This year, we are observing the 75th year of the Bataan Death March. We are remembering the 75th year of an extraordinary heroic act by Filipino soldiers. This also hits quite near to home as I trace my roots in the province of Bataan. My mother was born in the town of Orani.

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Filipinos of all political persuasions should welcome the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to approve a National Broadband Program designed to provide Internet communications access to every Filipino.

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Last February 7, 2017, the University of the Philippines conferred the first ever Gawad Oblation awards on distinguished alumni who excelled in their own fields. I was fortunate enough to be included in its first batch of awardees.

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Obviously, the apparent decline of American power will have enormous repercussions in global politics. When the “policeman of the world” suddenly diminishes in authority there would be shifts in international relations.

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IN a speech before the Munich Security Conference last February 17, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed his hope that the world “will choose a democratic world order in which each country is defined by its sovereignty.” He further described this world order as “a post-West one.” American Senator John McCain for his part said […]

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