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China Relishes Prospect of Getting Upper Hand

Tweet Arab News China Relishes Prospect of Getting Upper Hand by Manuel L. Quezon III   The National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China is, true to Communist practice, pretty much a rubber stamp sort of assembly. What it decides to legislate has been previously decided within the politburo, and therefore not only …

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Story

Tweet Story by Manuel L. Quezon III   OVERLOOKING a little valley on the outskirts of Davao, there is a little rubber plantation. It is a modest piece of property, but the view from it is attractive and not a little sad -for the destruction of the countryside in the vicinity of the plantation is …

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Complete effort

Tweet Complete effort by Manuel L . Quezon III   TONY Man-wal Kwok, former deputy commissioner and head of operations of Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), is trying to give Filipinos the benefit of his experience. He served for 35 years in customs control, drug enforcement, finance investigation, intelligence and prosecution for the …

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Bright vote

Tweet Bright vote by Manuel L. Quezon III   ALL eyes are on Raul Roco today as he formally launches his candidacy. Of the declared candidates -President Arroyo, Fernando Poe, Jr., and Senator Panfilo Lacson- he remains the frontrunner. Those who say he peaked too early have been confounded by the refusal of his lead …

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Invasion of privacy

Tweet WHEN political opponents of the president tried to pry into her family’s finances, her brother-in-law Ignacio Arroyo said he had the right to privacy. His move effectively derailed opposition efforts and was supported by quite a few lawyers. Now the President of the Philippines says she wants everyone to give up that right. Her …

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A Liberal past: Factions and parties

Tweet THOSE who want reform say, this country needs a genuine party system. Others reply that it’s useless to try to legislate a party system when the usual suspects will be manning those parties. And yet, the question must be asked: is a party system compatible with our character as a people, and our political …

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Semantics

Tweet THE first reaction of government was not reassuring. Faced with the President’s declaration that “we are already in the midst of a fiscal crisis and we have to face it squarely,” members of her official family dodged the bullet. Secretaries Purisima, Amatong, and Boncodin downplayed the president’s pronouncement, saying we were headed for a …

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Picking up the pieces

Tweet   THE political opposition’s attempt to win the presidency has ended in disaster. The gambit the opposition used to clinch the presidency and save its titular leader, ousted president Joseph Estrada, from the death penalty by fielding widely popular movie actor Fernando Poe, Jr. as his presidential candidate, has failed. The opposition has been …

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The challenges ahead

Tweet   THE President is faced with daunting tasks. Crushing burdens. Everyone knows this. But she has only six months to accomplish great things, or risk the country degenerating into an irredeemable basket case. This, at least, seems to be the consensus of those in the know. Bankers, economic managers, businessmen, entrepreneurs, and even some …

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Quo Vadis the country?

Tweet GLORIA Macapagal-Arroyo will be inaugurated with almost everything, it seems, a president needs to be successful: a useful running mate who will loyally serve as vice president; an overwhelming majority in both houses of Congress; a similarly formidable majority among governors and even mayors; acceptance, if not outright enthusiasm, from the business community and …

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Resuscitating leadership and democracy

Tweet   PHILIPPINE democracy is in crisis. Twice in the three presidential elections held since the present Constitution was ratified in 1987, there is the widespread suspicion that the popular mandate has been subverted. The method of subversion differs from that utilized in the past, both during the dictatorship and in the elections helds before …

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Ethical concerns

Tweet   PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Executive Order No. 314, creating a President Commission on Values Formation, must be understood in terms of what has come before, and what it represents in the light of previous efforts. As long as Filipinos have dreamed of independent nationhood, they have devoted time and energy to developing the …

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