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Bangsamoro: plebiscite by town, not by province

Neal Cruz’s report about government peace panel member Senen Bacani’s approach to the Bangsamoro plebiscite is rather disquieting, since it will be by province and not by town (“No deal on Sabah issue, gov’t panel says,” Opinion, 4/2/14). Whole populations can be stranded behind artificial borders without their consent, giving rise to a Sudeten-like situation.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

No deal on Sabah issue, gov’t panel says

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The issue of Sabah was not discussed during the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, with Malaysia as referee. This was the assurance given by members of the government panel to journalists at the Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel last Monday. The panel members at the Kapihan were chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and members Senen Bacani (a former agriculture secretary) and Yasmin Busran Lao.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What will happen to PH ownership of Sabah?

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The comprehensive peace agreement signed by the national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is not so comprehensive after all. It raised more questions to which there are no clear answers yet.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Remember Sabah

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NOT TO be a party-pooper, but something sticks in my craw and raises my hackles when Malaysia is mentioned by Filipinos in such glowing terms—and the remarks of Pres. Benigno Aquino III were no exception.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The year that was

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The year began benignly enough, looking to controvert the reputation of “13” as an unlucky number. In February, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself changed her tune and grudgingly gave P-Noy high marks for economic performance. Since the latter half of 2012, the country had been posting record rates of growth.

Posted: December 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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