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From Surakarta village to Merdeka Palace

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In the presidential election held last July 9, a former furniture maker from Surakarta in Central Java, Joko Widodo, was declared the winner over retired general Prabowo Subianto. Prabowo was once married to Siti Hediati Suharto, daughter of the late Indonesian strongman who ruled the nation for some 30 years after the fall of President Sukarno.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

AFP revolving door swings into action

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Easily the most famous door in the land is the one that leads to the office of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) chief of staff.

Posted: July 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Justice Carpio explains the case against China

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For most of us ordinary citizens many of the acronyms that make up much of the discussions concerning our dispute with China are just terms and phrases used by international lawyers talking with each other. Many of us know very little or almost nothing about Unclos, EEZ, ECS, LTE, and other similar references that are at the heart of the disagreements with our powerful next-door neighbor.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Kevlar helmets and Janet Napoles

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My curiosity about Kevlar was triggered by an article in the latest issue of Time Magazine. It reported the death of Stephanie Kwolek, the DuPont chemist who discovered by mistake, a new synthetic fiber that proved to be five times as strong as steel. DuPont called it “Kevlar” and although its original purpose was to strengthen tires, its light weight, resiliency and strength would lead to its applications in bullet-proof vests, body armor and combat helmets that would save countless lives of soldiers and civilian personnel. In particular, Kevlar helmets can absorb the blast of a grenade, greatly improving the chances of survival of fighting men in close combat.

Posted: July 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Not brute force, but a caring hand

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Tomorrow (Tuesday) the Philippine Air Force marks its 67th founding anniversary at Clark Air Base, Pampanga, with the Commander in Chief, President Aquino, as guest of honor. It was on July 1, 1947, that the Philippine Army Air Corps (PAAC) was redesignated as the Philippine Air Force, marking its accession as a major service command of our Armed Forces. This was the result of Presidential Proclamation No. 397, which was signed by President Cory Aquino in April 1989 on the basis of a recommendation submitted by the PAF chief at that time, Maj. Gen. Jose de Leon Jr.

Posted: June 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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