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Federalism must start from below

Manny Valdehuesa . THE federal system started with people who viewed their role as citizens seriously and acted accordingly. They were already used to self-government, enjoying a modicum of autonomy, experienced in governing themselves, and were active participants in the governing process. Such was the case in America’s original 13 ...

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Friend to all, foe to no one

Fr. Roy Cimagala . THAT’S the ideal we ought to aim at in our relationship with others. Everyone should be a friend of ours, regardless of our differences and conflicts, some of them unavoidable and even unresolvable. This is the clear mark of human and Christian perfection. This is simply ...

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It’s going to be a long process

Ric Maulion . THE legal process would be long at the International Criminal Court. But that’s the way it goes at The Hague. Both parties’ side  would be heard.  Fatou Bersouda, ICC prosecutor, acknowledged that. There’s no timeline on the length of the examination, she clarified. Hopefully, a need for ...

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A low point in pettiness

Letter . MALACANANG’S expansion of the ban on Rappler’s coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte, which has now apparently gone beyond the Palace compound to include events elsewhere, including those otherwise accessible to the general public, marks a new low point in the chief executive’s by now well documented pettiness. On ...

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For the second time around

Egay Uy . THE supermarket that I wrote about in my Monday column, “Shelf price tag,” was at it again. On Tuesday, I went to the establishment to buy, among other items, parmesan cheese kay gisugo ko sa akong anak nga si Jose kay naay gipaluto iyang nanay Juliet. The ...

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The business of corruption

Ike Señeres . SIMPLY put, bureaucrat-capitalism is the practice of using the official capacity or authority of a public official for his or her private financial gain, by way of doing some kind of business activity. In other words, bureaucrat-capitalism is simply and plainly just capitalism, but with the other ...

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Direct democracy and the parliamentary system

Manny Valdehuesa . A COMMUNITY develops or progresses from the many individual and group efforts of its inhabitants. And its well-being advances to the extent that these efforts—economic, social, cultural, technological—are orderly and coordinated. Orchestrating these, while maintaining harmony and providing basic services, is the paramount task of government. Good ...

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Cesspools and allied matters

Nora Soriño .  ILIGAN City–Mincing no words, President Duterte tagged Boracay as a “cesspool.” And the officials must do something about it within six months, or else! Now, cesspool is synonymous with septic tanks. As in, the millennials say. Something very dirty, to warrant strong feelings that need exclamation points, ...

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Destroying Duterte’s image

Ben Contreras . THE long lines of of people trying to get documents from government agencies like the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine Statistics Administration (PSA), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and others are still happening, and this is likely to continue despite the efforts to improve services. The ...

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CDO or CdeO?

A. Paulita Roa . I FIND it strange and astounding that Cagayan de Oro, a highly urbanized and very progressive city here in Mindanao, continues to use as its means of identification, the initials “CDO.” We all know that this is copied from a food corporation based in Luzon that ...

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