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Closure
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 23, 2018 - 12:00am
The last stage to seek justice is at hand for the thousands of human rights victims who claimed having suffered in the hands of martial law administrators during the dark days of the Marcos regime in our countr...
Fired by text
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 21, 2018 - 12:00am
The Cabinet members of President Rodrigo Duterte made a show of force last Monday at the Senate when they circled the wagon to fellow Secretary Christopher “Bong” Go.
Rody’s travel restrictions
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 19, 2018 - 12:00am
After more than two weeks of official travels abroad, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is back in the Philippines.
The USB mystery
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 16, 2018 - 12:00am
In the last public hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on the alleged Dengvaxia-related death causes, Senator Richard Gordon called attention to a questionable transaction by a government official in one...
The last straw that broke the camel’s back
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 14, 2018 - 12:00am
It was in 1974 when the late Labor Minister Blas Ople first implemented the overseas employment program during the martial law regime in our country.
Wagging the dog
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 12, 2018 - 12:00am
To “wag the dog” means to purposely divert attention from what would otherwise be of greater importance, to something else of lesser significance.
Bangsamoro Basic Law OK before Duterte’s next SONA
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 9, 2018 - 12:00am
Sen. Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, whose family originally hailed from Negros and migrated to Bukidnon, counts himself and the rest of their clan as Mindanaoans by heart.
Big babies
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 7, 2018 - 12:00am
While there maybe a flurry of controversies and scandals being looked into by the 17th Congress, the Senators quietly approved on third and final reading last Monday the proposed bill that would effectively reduce...
Junkyard for pricey cars
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 5, 2018 - 12:00am
With his mind made up already, President Rodrigo Duterte is bent to destroy tomorrow several luxury vehicles that were smuggled into the country to avoid payment of duties and other taxes.
Mayon’s steam
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 2, 2018 - 12:00am
Tolentino finds himself strongly connected with these two most active volcanoes in the Philippines.
Twisted self-righteousness
by Marichu A. Villanueva - January 31, 2018 - 12:00am
Where does Faeldon get all these chutzpah?
Crossing party lines for peace
by Marichu A. Villanueva - January 29, 2018 - 12:00am
Six Senators flew to Marawi City last Friday to conduct public consultations on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). It was conducted out of the glare of the limelight unlike any other Senate public hearings...
‘From European eyes’
by Marichu A. Villanueva - January 26, 2018 - 12:00am
We had a very lively yet dispassionate discussion of the outstanding issues on Philippine relations with the European Union (EU) with no less than the EU Delegation to the Philippines chief of mission Ambassador...
‘Health nightmare’
by Marichu A. Villanueva - January 24, 2018 - 12:00am
Disturbing facts are slowly coming out in the light of day from the on-going legislative inquiry by the Senate on the questioned dengvaxia vaccination program.
Three-headed body
by Marichu A. Villanueva - January 22, 2018 - 12:00am
The Senate approved on second reading last week three major international treaties that will officially bind the Philippines on multilateral and on bilateral basis with the contracting country partners.
It’s costly to get sick
by Marichu A. Villanueva - January 19, 2018 - 12:00am
I was in sick bed at the hospital for five days.
Talk and travel
by Marichu A. Villanueva - January 17, 2018 - 12:00am
Almost two years now in the making, the Duterte administration has been in an on-and-off mode doing the peace talks with the communist groups.
Widening the net
by Marichu A. Villanueva - January 15, 2018 - 12:00am
Having earlier professed not to know many people in and out of the government, President Rodrigo Duterte indeed has a limited scope to scout for potential talents and wide experience – if not with brilliant...
Mark the words of Marcos
by Marichu A. Villanueva - January 12, 2018 - 12:00am
Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. attended our first breakfast forum for this new year 2018 at Kapihan sa Manila Bay held last Wednesday at Cafe Adriatico in Malate, Manila.
Gatekeepers vs government junketeers
by Marichu A. Villanueva - January 10, 2018 - 12:00am
But the fired Cabinet member could not have gone abroad so many times on official mission without first securing travel authority from the Office of the President.
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