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Who’ll protect Tadeco workers?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 9, 2017 - 12:00am
“WHEN elephants rumble, the grass gets trampled.” We are reminded of that African proverb as we watch two powerful Davao del Norte congressmen tangle over girlfriend issues, influence and a juicy long-term...
Learn by listening to UN drug experts
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 6, 2017 - 9:05pm
MALACAÑANG should just listen with an open mind to what United Nations Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard and other global experts have to say about the drug scourge and how to best overcome it.
Consensus avoids dividing the house
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 2, 2017 - 12:00am
COLLEGIAL decision-making through consensus has been a cultural hallmark of Asian diplomatic conferences. Its use dates back to the post-war days when the Department of Foreign Affairs was still “Padre Faura”...
China wasn’t there, but ruled the summit
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 30, 2017 - 12:00am
THE SUMMIT meeting of the 10 leaders of the Association of Southeast Nations held this week in Manila was dominated by a non-member that was not even in the conference hall.
China to collect at Asean summit
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 27, 2017 - 12:00am
CHINA appears poised to collect against the multimillion-dollar investments and loans it has promised to the Philippines when President Rodrigo Duterte chairs the summit in Manila this week of the 10-member Association...
China has no right meddling in Pagasa
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 25, 2017 - 12:00am
CHINA had no right to interfere in last Friday’s visit by Philippine officials to barangay Pagasa, the biggest in the cluster of islands and reefs composing the town of Kalayaan in Palawan – and to protest...
‘Time 100’ list a big letdown
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 23, 2017 - 12:00am
THE TERM “influential” is double-edged – it cuts either positively or negatively – but many fans of President Rodrigo Duterte must have been carried away by their obsession to have him top...
Trump’s order has little effect on Phl
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 20, 2017 - 12:00am
FILIPINOS need not worry too much about the “Buy American, Hire American” executive order of US President Donald Trump issued with flourish last Tuesday.
Next: Overseas Filipino warriors!
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 17, 2017 - 6:47pm
THERE could evolve soon a military variety of the OFW – the Overseas Filipino Warrior! – if the monarchs of three Middle East countries accept the offer made by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Evasco-Aquino row imperils rice supply
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 16, 2017 - 12:00am
A JET-LAGGED President Rodrigo Duterte returns tomorrow from his Middle East state visits to find his food security managers still quarreling over the multimillion-peso importation of rice buffer stocks before the...
Lascañas flies out, gets better vantage
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 11, 2017 - 12:00am
BY THIS TIME, former police officer Arturo Lascañas may no longer be in Singapore, where the confessed “Davao Death Squad” leader flew Saturday to get a vantage in his battle with President Duterte,...
Visit to Pagasa is an inspired move
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 9, 2017 - 12:00am
THE PLAN of President Rodrigo Duterte to visit the remote island of Pagasa in the disputed Spratly Group off Palawan promises to be a most dramatic coup – especially if he goes there on June 12, Independence...
Morality in gov’t sinks to the gutter
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 6, 2017 - 12:00am
AS THIS Christian nation prepares to walk the penitential path of Lent, Filipino sinners are being given by their more experienced elders in government lessons on how to wiggle around morality questions.
Is Benham on west or east side of Phl?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 4, 2017 - 12:00am
WE AREN’T so sure if we should believe President Rodrigo Duterte when he says in effect that it is all right for us to sleep with the Chinese dragon.
It’s time to move national capital?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - April 2, 2017 - 12:00am
NEVER mind who suggested it first or who had beaten other speculators to the likely relocation site, but while there is time and land prices have not become prohibitive, it may be a good idea to consider moving the...
China, Phl rushing Code of Conduct
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 30, 2017 - 12:00am
DIPLOMATIC row is buzzing with talk that China and the Philippines are finalizing their own bilateral Code of Conduct covering South China Sea areas and the Benham Rise continental shelf on the Pacific Ocean side...
Bots used to bloat retweets, followers
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 27, 2017 - 12:00am
THE NUMBER of followers of Facebook and Twitter accounts can be bloated by using bots, which are artificial intelligence assistants that speed up social media work and multiply messages by the thousands in a fl...
The forgotten art of conversation
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 26, 2017 - 12:00am
SOMETHING is wrong with us, it seems. We struggle to exalt the nation, but sink it with our disjointed discourse. Our leaders preach unity, yet their rhetoric foments hate and divides the nation. We reach out to...
Duterte just trying to confuse China?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 23, 2017 - 12:00am
SOMETIMES, it pays to confuse the enemy. But in the case of President Rodrigo Duterte talking on China issues, the confusion that he sows does not work on the Chinese. By now, they know exactly how his mind ope...
Mr. President, war not the only option
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - March 21, 2017 - 12:00am
NOBODY is asking President Rodrigo Duterte to go to war against China over Panatag (Scarborough) shoal. The war option is just in his mind that runs along a simplistic line that shooting down an adversary is the...
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