Slain mayor Espinosa’s son pleads not guilty to drug charges

ALLEGED drug lord Kerwin Espinosa of Albuera, Leyte on Friday morning entered a not guilty plea in connection with illegal drug trade charges. Espinosa, son of slain Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa, maintained his innocence from the charges filed against him before Judge Silvino Pampilo Jr. of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 26. He is also facing […]

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Marawi bond is right for rebuilding the city

First, just a brief review of the financing concept: a government bond is a debt security issued to raise funds to support government spending. Government bonds in the Philippines and other countries include savings bonds, treasury bonds and treasury inflation-protected securities. They all bear interest considered attractive by investors. Before investing in government bonds, investors […]

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A national consensus: Support for Duterte’s war vs illegal drugs even with EJKs

IF you think about it objectively, it is astonishing. There is massive approval of President Duterte’s war against illegal drugs, a level of support that has never occurred for any other major government initiative ever. This is despite Filipinos’ perception that the campaign has involved “extra-judicial killings,” or executions by the police of those suspected […]

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Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, 86 – ‘A naturally holy man’

THE highest praise I ever heard of a priest paid by another priest was what the late Jose Cardinal Sanchez, former Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy and President of the Pontifical Commission for the Preservation of Artistic and Historical Patrimony of the Church—the first and only Filipino so far to have headed […]

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Lives well-lived; Leila’s mistrial

LAWYER Archie R. Piga was a member of our San Beda Class 1963 law class. Last Saturday, the Bulletin carried a prominent obit (not vying of course with the venerable Wash Sycip’s many deserved tributes) on his “homegoing” last Saturday. Condolences. I saw the Archie obit when I was in a hurry to go to […]

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Seminars worth our while

GROWING interest on continuing professional and personal development (CPPD), be this be through seminars, workshops, conferences, etc. have come to the fore. A number of entrepreneurial groups, including professional associations, conduct review seminars for licensure examinations, IELTS and for other purposes. Known experts are flown not only from the national capital and across the country […]

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Bernanke’s anxiety

WASHINGTON: Ben Bernanke is worried—and perhaps we should be, too. As chairman of the Federal Reserve from 2006 to 2014, it was Bernanke who, along with others, prevented the worst recession since World War II from becoming the Great Depression 2.0. Now he fears that, should another sharp recession occur, the Fed won’t be able […]

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Malta murder reveals frustrations beneath postcard image

VALLETTA: The shocking assassination of an influential anti-corruption blogger has brought to a head the public frustration at Malta’s stagnating institutions, bubbling away for years beneath the Mediterranean holiday island image. Academics, lawyers, friends of Daphne Caruana Galizia and mourners alike tell a common tale of failing confidence in the tiny country’s politicians, police, business […]

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