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Flying away

Rhona Canoy SO… It is always fascinating how human behaviors change  when people travel. I wrote a column once about sea voyages . Lately I’ve been flying and so my wide-angle observation lens have turned to airports and airplanes. In spite of the fact that air fares are more affordable ...

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War cycle

Erick San Juan “TERRITORIAL disputes, coupled with Beijing’s increased militarization of the South China Sea, may sway US policymakers to believe that military conflict with China is inevitable. However, such a conflict is avoidable if the US chooses its policy carefully and implements a strategy that all but eliminates military ...

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‘Tokhang big time’

Ian Alfredo Magno IT is quite disturbing why, despite the recently reloaded “Tokhang” efforts, prohibited drugs still proliferate by the billion pesos even in the most unsuspecting places. There seems to be three schools of thought which could explain this rather stubborn phenomenon.  First, drug suppliers are bent on keeping their ...

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Community monitoring system

Ike Señeres IT is customary for scientists to classify flora and fauna as either extinct or rare, depending on how their species are surviving in the earth. To some extent, this manner of classification is also applied to humans, as there are tribes that also become extinct or rare, in ...

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Change is coming?

Batas Mauricio CAN anyone tell me how many electoral proclamations and elections have we already undergone as a Filipino nation? And can anyone tell me, sincerely and truthfully, whether those who have been elected and proclaimed have made a difference in uplifting the lives of Filipinos? Has the Philippines really ...

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It’s more fun in Pinas

Netnet Camomot IN Vice President Leni Robredo’s video message for the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, she’s smiling while talking about “body count due to drug-related killings,” “grim statistics,” and “more than 7,000 people have been killed in summary executions.” With the video’s audio off, it looks like she’s ...

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Automating the barangays

Ike Señeres IN theory, it is possible to connect all the 42,028 barangays in the Philippines to the Internet as long as there is a signal. As it is now however, the theory is fast becoming the reality because it is now possible to put up a signal in every ...

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Managing the apparatus

Martin Andanar WE have further refined the delineation of functions at the Palace to make presidential communications more effective. The task of speaking for the president is a 24/7 job. Undersecretary Ernie Abella now has been delegated to take full responsibility for doing this. Assisted by staff, he will now ...

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ICC and realpolitik

Bencyrus Ellorin THE impeachment filed by Magdalo partylist Rep. Gary Alejano, largely thought as a wild punch against a president who holds supermajority at the House of Representatives, may be a predicate to form a strong case before the international community, eventually leading to the International Criminal Court (ICC) taking ...

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Mining in the late 19th century

A.Paulita Roa IN one of the shelves of the Solhiem Library at the Archaeological Studies Program at the University of the Philippines in Diliman is a rare book printed in 1900 entitled, “The Inhabitants of the Philippines” by Frederic H. Sawyer. The author has traveled extensively around the country since ...

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