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#Chexit: The Crowning of Thorns * Latest Posts Blood Rush Columns Commentary 

#Chexit: The Crowning of Thorns

By SARAH RAYMUNDO Blood Rush The fireworks are on full display. The cheers are deafening. Cups are overflowing. But, what does #Chexit mean? Is it really a victorious ending to a long-drawn maritime dispute over the West Philippine Sea? Or is this triumph a first step to understand the struggle of the fishermen in Zambales and Pangasinan? Understanding Backwards What was at stake in the Philippine arbitral case against China? It is to uphold the sovereign rights of the Philippines and the Filipino people over the 200-nautical-mile Exclusive Economic Zone…

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A decision with historical implications * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary 

A decision with historical implications

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The tribunal of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea finally, after one year, issued its decision affirming that the islands being disputed by China and the Philippines, namely the Scarborough Shoal and Spratly Islands, are within the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines. It also ruled that China violated Philippine sovereign rights when it prevented Filipino fishermen from fishing in the area, created artificial islands, and did not act to prevent Chinese fishermen from fishing in the area. It also called…

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Progressive and conservative * Latest Posts Commentary Contributions Vantage Point 

Progressive and conservative

It’s not so much his liberal use of profanity that separates Rodrigo R. Duterte from his predecessors, but the residency in his person of both progressive and conservative tendencies. No other Philippine president can be so described. Benigno S. C. Aquino III, for all his lip service to change, was a closet conservative whose main focus was not to change the corruption-ridden machinery of government, but to make it work. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, despite a youth spent in opposition to Martial Law, was herself a dictator in the making until that…

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Self-restraint must prevail over South China Sea row * Latest Posts At Ground Level Commentary Contributions 

Self-restraint must prevail over South China Sea row

Both by its extensive propaganda blitz and by conducting military drills in the Paracels, China seeks to impress upon the world its resolve to assert sovereignty over almost all of the South China Sea – no matter how the UN Permanent Court of Arbitration will decide: to uphold or negate such a claim. The decision is set to be issued this coming Tuesday. The Philippines has challenged the basis for the claim – a “nine-dash line” map drawn up in 1947 that encompasses several of our maritime claims and those…

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A show of political will or disregard for due process? * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary Top Stories 

A show of political will or disregard for due process?

Since the beginning of his campaign for the presidency, Rodrigo Duterte has been accused of disregarding due process, especially with his endorsement of extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals by the so-called Davao death squad. His campaign promise of ending criminality and the drug menace within the first six months into his presidency stirred reactions of disbelief, on one hand, and fears that he would run roughshod on human rights on the other.

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Finding Rody * Latest Posts Commentary Contributions Streetwise 

Finding Rody

I had a dream several weeks ago. It wasn’t surreal; in fact it felt quite real. In my dream I was writing my column and the words, sentences, and paragraphs flowed logically, clearly and easily. When I woke up, I still remembered what I had “written” and its title “Finding Duterte.” My husband urged me to write everything down before I forget. He said I should change the title to “Finding Rody” in a play on the popular animated film then showing Finding Dory. But I didn’t follow his advice…

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Small change * Latest Posts Commentary Contributions Vantage Point 

Small change

Rodrigo Duterte begins his six-year term as the 16th president of the Philippines today, having been borne to that post by mass discontent with the Aquino administration and his own incessant theme of putting an end to both corruption and criminality within months. Duterte was elected by some 16 million voters among a field of five candidates, and defeated his closest rival by five million votes. But for some sectors and individuals — among whom he was not particularly popular in the first place — his assuming the country’s highest…

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Direction of Duterte gov’t: ‘Compassion, real change’ * Latest Posts At Ground Level Commentary Contributions 

Direction of Duterte gov’t: ‘Compassion, real change’

Formally speaking as President of the Philippines soon after making his oath of office last Thursday, Rodrigo R. Duterte made it abundantly clear that “Malasakit, Tunay na Pagbabago” (Compassion, Real Change) define the character and direction of his administration. He emphasized that he had articulated these battlecries during the presidential campaign “in behalf of the people hungry for genuine and meaningful change.” Having been elected on that basis, he deems it his mandate to pursue such change, no matter the “rough ride” to its realization. For the change to be…

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