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FLAGS flew half-mast as the nation mourned the death Thursday of former senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, whose verbal prowess, legal acumen and shrewd politics endeared her to the public and awed colleagues and adversaries alike. The colorful politician, a former trial court judge and three-time presidential candidate, lost a two-year battle…

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FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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FIRST THINGS FIRST

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Given the current state of confusion and chaos, President Rodrigo Duterte could be doing himself and everybody else a favor if he cleared up some basic points concerning his war on drugs and his announced policy shift toward Beijing and Moscow, away from Washington. This is the least Filipinos deserve.…

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‘OCTOBER NAVAL EXERCISES WILL BE LAST’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has announced that October’s joint exercises between the Philippine and US militaries would be the last, as “China does not want” the war games with the Americans. Duterte’s remarks before the Filipino community in Hanoi, Vietnam is the latest in a string of anti-US tirades in response…

Santiago: ‘Lover of the law’

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HER resume is as kilometric as her legal ruminations on the Senate floor. Born on June 15, 1945 in Iloilo City to a Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge and college dean, and the eldest of seven children, Miriam Defensor-Santiago showed her intellect at a young age, graduating valedictorian in grade…

The country we have become

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We should reflect long and hard on the events that happened last Wednesday at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, for they capture in a nutshell the country we appear to have become, and the utter ineffectiveness of government to set things right at the country‘s principal penitentiary. We thought…

Abus in cahoots with drug lords, says military

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THE terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is in cahoots with drug lords and is responsible for proliferation of illegal drugs in the ZamBaSulta area, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Thursday. Zambasulta is made up of the provinces of Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi in southern Mindanao.…

Narrower current account surplus a good sign – BSP

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‘It reflects a growing economy’ A NARROWING current account surplus isn’t bad at all since it indicates an actively growing economy, according to a central bank official. “The current account is still positive at about $800 million” this year. “Next year, we expect this to be lower than $5 billion,”…

Chiefs cut down Cards, Altas force do-or-die match

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Arellano University wasted no time elimi-nating Mapua Institute of Technology, 92-80, to claim the first seat in the finals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball tournament on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Most Valuable Player (MVP) candidate Jio Jalalon fired 22…

Green shines as Bengals drop Dolphins

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LOS ANGELES: Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green torched Miami for 173 yards and a touchdown Friday as the Bengals handed the visiting Dolphins a 22-7 NFL defeat. The Bengals bounced back from a 29-17 home loss to Denver on Sunday, taking full advantage of a Dolphins team depleted by injury. Miami…

Top storylines in Season 71

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The 71st season of the National Basketball Association is just around the corner and will begin on October 25 beginning with a game between the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers hosting the new-look New York Knicks. This season promises to be more exciting with the formation of a nearly unbeatable super…

Ibrahimovic gets Man Utd moving in Europa League

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MANCHESTER, United Kingdom: Zlatan Ibrahi­mo­vic headed in a 69th-minute winner as Manchester United got their Europa League campaign off the ground with a labored 1-0 home win over Zorya Luhansk on Thursday (Friday in Manila). Beaten 1-0 at Feyenoord in their Group A opener, Jose Mourinho’s side struggled to break…

UFC 20 years ago and beyond

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About 20 years ago, a friend of mine who was into the martial arts training lent me a videotape of the Universal Fighting Championship (UFC) 4 that was staged in December 16, 1994. At the time, the Internet was virtually non-existent (at least in the Philippines) and very few households…

Red Lionesses, CSB dispute NCAA table tennis top spot

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The San Beda College (SBC) Red Lionesses and the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (CSB) Lady Blazers will battle for the top spot in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) women’s table tennis tournament today at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran (CSJL) Gym in Intramuros, Manila. The…

More areas around Mayon drying up

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LEGAZPI CITY: More cities and towns around the restive Mount Mayon are suffering from severe water shortage and water resources are drying up, Willian Sabater, chief sanitary engineer of the Albay provincial health office, told The Manila Times. Sabater said water resources were reported to be drying up in the…

SKorea relocates US missile system against NKorea

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SEOUL: South Korea on Friday formally announced a new location for deploying a North Korea-focused US anti-missile defense system, after vocal protests from local residents over potential health and environmental hazards. Seoul and Washington agreed to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in the South after North…

It is still the season of Alden Richards

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Alden Richards is one of the top—if not the most important—homegrown talents of GMA Network at the moment. Beyond his mother studio, he is regarded as a major star after riding the waves of Eat Bulaga’s AlDub phenomenon with Maine Mendoza, and as such, is currently a greatly admired personality…

It is still the season of Alden Richards

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Alden Richards is one of the top—if not the most important—homegrown talents of GMA Network at the moment. Beyond his mother studio, he is regarded as a major star after riding the waves of Eat Bulaga’s AlDub phenomenon with Maine Mendoza, and as such, is currently a greatly admired personality…

Audi PH unveils all-new A4

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The latest premium executive sedan from Ingolstadt is now here The all-new Audi A4 has finally arrived in the country with PGA Cars, the official distributor of Audi cars in the Philippines, officially unveiling the new-generation premium executive sedan last week. The all-new A4, now with the B9 platform, is…

PICC’s toast to 40

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Asia’s first international convention center looks back at four decades of grand event hosting For 40 years, the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) bore witness to the greatness of past generations. It served as host to some of the most important events in the Philippines, making this convention center not…

Daphne Oseña-Paez on making tough and loving choices in life

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Since she made her mark on Philippine television in the 1990s as a news reporter for ABS-CBN, eventually finding her niche as television host-cum-producer for a string of successful lifestyle programs, Daphne Oseña-Paez has established herself as a woman of substance, grace and style in the public eye. Away from…