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Session in Batangas: El sitio nada importa
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 23, 2020 - 12:00am
“El Sitio nada importa,” Rizal said in his último adiós more than 120 years ago. The place, he suggested, does not really matter.
Unintended effects of a Duterte US trip
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 21, 2020 - 12:00am
As this is being written, no word has come out of Malacañang if President Duterte is accepting President Trump’s invitation for him, with nine other Southeast Asian leaders, to attend a summit in Las...
A yellow, not red, light to reclamation
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 19, 2020 - 12:00am
Environmentalists and people’s organizations opposing further reclamation of historic Manila Bay had better note that President Duterte has flashed only the yellow, and not the red, light to the bay projects...
Taal victims want to feel the President
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 16, 2020 - 12:00am
President Duterte has apologized for his failure to react quickly when Taal volcano belched steam on Sunday, ruptured the ground, roiled the lake waters and rained noxious ash in what could be a sign of an imminent...
Giving military color to OFW evacuation
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 14, 2020 - 12:00am
Malacañang should be careful not to give a military color to the evacuation of Filipino workers in Middle East areas where the United States and Iran may just blunder into a fast and furious war where no one...
Must journalism, patriotism clash?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 12, 2020 - 12:00am
The late Jose Luna Castro, our editor at the pre-martial law Manila Times, once called me to his office to discuss my story about the then foreign secretary saying he was not aware that a nuclear-powered US aircraft...
How local officials defeat 3-term limit
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 9, 2020 - 12:00am
There are creative ways by which local officials who want to stay longer than the three-term limit can “serve” legally beyond their allotted maximum of nine (3x3) consecutive years in office.
Evacuating OFWs a band-aid solution
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 7, 2020 - 12:00am
Malacanang seems to regard the plight of some 8,000 Filipinos caught in the turmoil in Iraq and Iran as mainly a short-term military situation, so President Duterte decided Friday with military and police top brass...
OFWs in Iraq told to be ready to move
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 5, 2020 - 12:00am
As the world braces for Iran’s “severe retaliation” for the Friday assassination of its top military commander Qassem Soleimani, Filipinos in Iraq, where he was killed in a precision US airstrike,...
Duterte consistent in his inconsistency
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - January 2, 2020 - 12:00am
President Duterte does not always play by the same rules for similar situations, rendering many of his statements and actions puzzling to those who try to guess his game plan.
Talk to NPA rebels on local grievances
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - December 31, 2019 - 12:00am
We see more sense in the suggestion to talk peace directly with the communist rebels in the countryside rather than the cabal purporting to lead the five-decade-old insurgency from the safety and comfort of the...
Du30 drops US visit as visa row heats up
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - December 29, 2019 - 12:00am
AS A WORD war raged over the US ban on selected Philippine officials and the freezing of their assets, President Duterte rejected a standing invitation to visit the White House, barred the entry of two US senators...
Duterte better call Trump on visa ban
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - December 26, 2019 - 12:00am
ABUSIVE Philippine officials in panic over the US Magnitsky law that could ban them from the United States and freeze their assets there could ask President Duterte to call his friend President Trump to go easy on...
Ampatuan massacre a reminder for cops
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - December 24, 2019 - 12:00am
Policemen cannot get away with a “I was just following orders” defense when murder and other serious charges such as those in the Ampatuan massacre are filed against them after their involvement in a...
None beats a Pinoy, the eternal optimist
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - December 22, 2019 - 12:00am
NOTHING beats the Filipino, the eternal optimist who insists, even as he thirsts, that the half-empty glass will soon be full.
World of EJKs, HR violators shrinking
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - December 19, 2019 - 12:00am
Violators of human rights and perpetrators of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines may appear untouchable, but the space still open to them in the democratic world outside seems to be getting smaller.
Updater on the US socio-political scene
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - December 17, 2019 - 12:00am
We share some of the noteworthy findings in 2019 of Pew Research Center, a Washington-based non-partisan think tank, on varied topics, from demographic and political changes reshaping the United States to the attitudes...
Addiction to 'kape' takes toll on Duterte
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - December 15, 2019 - 12:00am
President Duterte is showing signs of addiction to “kape,” the heady mix of “Kapangyarihan at Pera” of power and wealth which is more deadly than fentanyl, an opioid he has been taking that...
Palace rethinking sanctity of contracts?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - December 12, 2019 - 12:00am
WHAT happens if a successor of President Duterte questions contracts entered into on his watch for being lopsided or even traitorous? The blame game for onerous deals could be played in an unending political cy...
Pitfalls of our being superficial readers
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - December 10, 2019 - 12:00am
It has been said often enough that Filipinos are generally not a reading lot, content with just glancing at the news heads or rushing through the opening line of a commentary, then jumping to clever conclusions before...
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