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Why Abad?

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There is a concerted effort to pin Budget Secretary Butch Abad to, well, something, anything.

Posted: June 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Filipinos still at sea as to what to do with sovereignty

The problem with Filipino nationalists, including Inquirer columnist John Nery (“Will the US defend ‘a few rocks’ in our sea?” Opinion, 5/6/14), is, they think America should just passively assume the role of a babysitter for the Philippines with no bargaining power whatsoever for its own welfare. Which is why nothing in the terms of the current Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the United States and the Philippines will ever satisfy these people. Nitpickers will always find a reason to complain or, more appropriately, bitch about anything!

Posted: May 17th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

China didn’t know where the Spratlys were

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In 1933, the French flexed their colonial muscles and annexed nine of the Spratly Islands. When the news spread, the fledgling and troubled Chinese republic faced a basic problem: It didn’t know where the Spratlys were.

Posted: April 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Relevance in context of poverty, underdevelopment

This is in reaction to John Nery’s column, “The irrelevance of the Left.” I wish to first commend him for proceeding from the premise of “[identifying] the Left as those associated with the National Democratic Front.” However, I also wish to take exception to the column’s main contentions.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Our only republic

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In his column “Newsstand” (Opinion, 2/12/13), John Nery noted that Malacañang referred to President Aquino as “the 15th President of the Philippines, and the fifth President of the Fifth Republic.” Nery questioned the historical and legal accuracy of a “Fifth Philippine Republic.” We are also doing so.

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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