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Evacuation centers

Evacuation centers

  BACK in 1986, I had the fortune to travel and study with 10 Filipinos in the United States. A program sponsored by the State Department. Next to class room instruction in Sanggamon University, Springfiled Illinois, we were exposed to various forms of governance at various levels of county, commission, State and Federal government. Our […]

Leni’s circumspection?

  IF the incumbency of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs” is to be point of reckoning, the 1972 Dangerous Drug’s Act, RA 6425, principally authored by my late father, Cebu Senator Rene Espina (Senate version was adopted by the Lower House), was visionary. Foretelling by 44 years, the necessity to pass a law addressing […]

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Duterte, Año, PNP

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Duterte, Año, PNP

  IT was in the same yardstick as saving Boracay and the clean-up of Manila Bay. The “environmental overhaul” in the Philippine National Police. The unprecedented, but indeed, palatable move by President Rodrigo Duterte to postpone the naming of the next PNP Chief was an intervention waiting to happen. The political, and more so, moral […]

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Must read books

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Must read books

  SUGGESTED 2020 readings for China observers keen on said country’s vivid prospects, relative to defining what should be the Philippine States calibrated formulary pursuing our national interests, as projected into contentious domestic questions and diplomatic, if not territorial, issues. Five books would be most enlightening. 1) ‘The Private Life of Chairman Mao, authored by […]

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Duterte and ROTC

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Duterte and ROTC

  “MY son loved this nation. Its youth and its institutions. He wanted to contribute to the welfare of our nation and our people, even if it meant giving up his own life. He dreamed of becoming this nation’s president. He wanted to change things. He said that if we expect change, someone has to […]

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Constitutional adventurism

  REACTION of Senator friends on this issue is, at best, described as lukewarm. They are not in the mood to indulge the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments, on “raw proposals”, in what will be a circuitous and litigious process. 1) Adding “unless otherwise provided by law” in lifting constitutional prohibitions on foreign investors share-percentages […]

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