Editorial & Opinion

Racism

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Was it much ado about nothing for the Philippine government to have asked the Singapore government to look into a racist blog that not only demeaned Filipinos but specifically told ordinary Singaporeans to do precisely that?

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What about the constitutional barriers?

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The signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front expectedly drew mixed reactions from various sectors.

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A mockery and an insult

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Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. took to the Senate floor on Monday to deliver what had been billed as his second privilege speech since he was implicated in the billion-peso pork barrel scam. By the time he sat down, a damaged Senate had become even more diminished: He had transformed it, in the space of a few minutes, into a videoke bar, the type frequented by seedy, swaggering politicians.

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Philippine Fair Trade Manager Assassinated

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Fair trade is all about working for justice, for the poor, the downtrodden, the impoverished and exploited people. It strives to lift them up to a life of dignity and greater opportunity in a non-violent, peaceful way through economic development. Fair Trade is a practical way to respect the rights and dignity of the poorest of the poor and to restore their human dignity. It does this by

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Rough passage

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What’s taking so long? That’s the question on the minds, not only of leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, but also of minority lawmakers worried about the delay in the transmittal of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to the 16th Congress.

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Wishing they were April Fool’s Day jokes

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We wish these three reports were April Fool’s Day jokes:

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Man that got away

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Was it so long ago that we seem to have forgotten the “Hello Garci” scandal that occurred in 2004? Or have we been so snowed under by the pork barrel scam that hardly a peep is heard regarding the man who got away, the man who must feel like the luckiest in the world?

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Bravery and heroism

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On April 9, 72 years ago, the news dreaded by everyone crackled over short-wave radio: Bataan had fallen. From Malinta Tunnel in the neighboring island of Corregidor, the last stronghold of the combined Filipino and US forces fighting against the Japanese, 3rd Lt. Normando Ildefonso Reyes read the broadcast message written by Capt. Salvador P. Lopez

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Where will the buck stop?

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Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was not found liable for the P728-million fertilizer fund scam that occurred during her administration elicited profound disappointment among those shocked by the bare-faced gall that surrounded it.

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Promises

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If there’s one thing that the Aquino administration can be proud of, it’s the remarkable economic growth of 7.2 percent and 6.8 percent in 2012 and 2013, respectively. But if there’s one thing that should keep it from bragging, it’s the fact that this prosperity has yet to be felt by those who need it most.

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