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Through a cynic’s eyes

Nora Soriño . ILIGAN City– “That was quite a piece you got there about the Seige of Vienna in 1683.” My friend Von said to me as we were discussing some things before a meeting began in which the  two of us were attendees and we were early birds. “Yeah?” ...

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Donald Trump’s waterloo looms

Perry Diaz . JUST when President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, was being questioned – nay, grilled — by the Senate Judiciary Committee, a nerve shattering “tsunami” struck the White House.  The rumblings that followed — just a week away from the anniversary of 9/11 ...

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Digital transformation

Ike Señeres . IT may just be a play of words, but I do believe that “Digital Transformation” is a misnomer because it is the society that should transform, and not the digital infrastructure. In other words, we should be using the term “Social Transformation” instead, with the clear understanding ...

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‘Devil on Earth’

Jude Josue Sabio . THE presence of President Duterte in Israel is like the devil on earth being in a Holy Land, or the Land of God.  It evokes images of Adolf Hitler whom Israel’s President called as the “devil on earth” as being in the land of the victims ...

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A 3-in-1 response to the calamitous economy

William Adan . NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental —  The cab driver who took us to our hotel from the airport was like a July downpour in dropping on us his resentment on the choking economy and his ire to the senseless people who have irresponsibly pushed the country to starvation. The ...

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It’s beginning to happen

Egay Uy . IN my previous columns, I have repeatedly called on barangay officials to cooperate and collaborate with respect to the enforcement of local ordinances.  When I was with the traffic office, I found the contribution of barangay officials in the implementation of traffic rules and regulation wanting – ...

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Press briefing

Netnet Camomot . SEN. Sonny Trillanes loves to give press briefings while waiting for a moment to pass, er, while waiting for his arrest as he hibernates with safety and security in mind inside the Senate building. By the time you’re reading this, “loves” may morph to past tense: loved. ...

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To the dogs

William Adan . MELBOURNE – Democracy is a system and process of governance. For it to thrive and remain vibrant, a check and balance in the governance of the state is institutionalized through the division of power expressed in the operation of the legislative, executive and the judicial branches of ...

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Hopes raised with the BOL

Antonio La Viña . PRESIDENT Duterte finally signed on July 26 the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) or Republic Act No.  11054. The BOL should have been the highlight of the President’s State of the Nation Address but its signing was aborted by the powerplay in the lower house which saw ...

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Only when there’s nothing to buy

Ben Contreras . WHEN we criticize, our criticisms sometimes depends on our mindset and biases. When the subject is someone we don’t like or somebody we hate, we tend to criticize the subject no matter how trivial the issue under which our very own criticisms would look ridiculous, funny if ...

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