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US, Philippine Marines launch ‘Kamandag’ drills
October 4, 2017 - 4:00pm
Some 900 Marines and sailors with the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and their counterparts from the Armed Forces of the Philippines will participate in new joint exercises dubbed as Kamandag – the acronym...
Relaxing foreign ownership limits will encourage investors
October 2, 2017 - 4:00pm
The government’s plan to ease foreign ownership restrictions by amending the 1987 Constitution is welcome news to businessmen who have been looking to invest in the country,  but were being deterred by...
PHL-US closely monitoring anti-drug efforts
September 27, 2017 - 4:00pm
During the meeting between President Duterte and US Ambassador Sung Kim last week, one of the issues discussed was the government’s all-out campaign against illegal drugs.
Clash of the Dasmariñas Village titans
September 25, 2017 - 4:00pm
Businessman Edgardo “Ed” Puyat Reyes and retired advertising executive Antonio “Tony” Cumagun (both friends of mine) are now on opposite sides of the fence regarding the clash between the...
Is Metro Manila a dying city?
September 20, 2017 - 4:00pm
Numerous studies by groups such as the American Psychological Association have noted the link between chronic stress and some of the leading causes of death, among them heart disease, lung ailments, cancer and even...
Terrorism still No. 1 threat to the country
September 18, 2017 - 4:00pm
Last week I met with counterterrorism experts from the United States who came here to conduct studies regarding the situation in Marawi, and the link between terrorism and the illegal drugs trade.
Apple shows the way with iPhone X
September 13, 2017 - 4:00pm
While brands like Huawei, Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo are offering less expensive alternatives at a range of $300 or even lower, Apple is upping the ante with the iPhone X (pronounced “iPhone Ten”) priced at...
The Eagle will fly
September 11, 2017 - 4:00pm
It’s not the Ateneo eagle, but the Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system (shown in photo) that has been deployed to Mindanao, underscoring the increased surveillance support of the United States for the counterterrorism...
US pledges P730 million for Marawi recovery
September 6, 2017 - 4:00pm
Three months after fighting broke out in Marawi City following the attack by an extremist terrorist group, government troops seem to be finally gaining the upper hand with the takeover of a strategic bridge and the...
DoubleDragon: The double blue chip company
September 4, 2017 - 4:00pm
This year is most likely going to be the “Year of the DoubleDragon,” with the young company set to become one of the largest and strongest real estate firms in the country.
ISIS identified as top global threat
August 30, 2017 - 4:00pm
The latest survey from Washington-based think-tank Pew Research Center showed that the terrorist group ISIS and climate change are the top two security threats in the 38 countries where the survey was conducted...
Rule of law key to economic progress
August 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
The “rule of law” must be upheld even as we continue to fight against lawlessness, criminality and poverty that continue to hinder the country from achieving its full potential.
Policing the police
August 21, 2017 - 4:00pm
I was with Senate President Koko Pimentel the other night, and he assured me the Senate would earnestly investigate the death of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos who was killed during a police operation in Caloocan...
Ricky Razon’s ICTSI still on top
August 16, 2017 - 4:00pm
ICTSI (International Container Terminal Services Inc.) chairman Enrique “Ricky” Razon is a long-time friend, and I know him to be one of those businessmen who is a stickler for “doing the right...
South China Sea: US more determined to conduct FONOPs
August 14, 2017 - 4:00pm
With the front page story carried by The Philippine Star yesterday about the United States’ determination to conduct freedom of navigation operations and challenge “excessive sea claims” anywhere...
Unmanned US strike drones up for consideration
August 9, 2017 - 4:00pm
The United States, through State Secretary Rex Tillerson, has reiterated its strong support for the Philippines’ fight against terrorism, in particular the ongoing battle in Marawi which the US official called...
Bautista revelation: Private or public issue?
August 7, 2017 - 4:00pm
Many of those, including myself, who know Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres “Andy” Bautista were shocked at the allegations of his wife Patricia (Tisha) that he has unexplained wealth...
Dasmariñas Village prexy airs side
August 2, 2017 - 4:00pm
My good friend Ed Reyes, who is the president of the Dasmariñas Village Association, sent an email in reaction to our July 20 column item titled “Village squabble” involving opposing groups within...
Narcopolitics prevalent in the country
July 31, 2017 - 4:00pm
It’s rather ironic that information given to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency comes from international organizations like the Interpol, the FBI and the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) that also conducts...
Who is the tycoon who gave P101 million for families of Marawi heroes?
July 26, 2017 - 4:00pm
The families of the 101 soldiers and police personnel who were slain in the ongoing conflict in Marawi City were at the Heroes Hall in Malacañang the other day for the Go Negosyo financial assistance turnover...
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