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Good Eats

By the time you get 45 kilometers up the potholed and traffic-choked Emilio Aguinaldo Highway into the Cavite highlands south of Manila, and your knuckles are locked onto the steering wheel so that your com...
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Criminal Rape or Philippine Nationalism?

Sympathizing with convicted rapists is more controversial than appealing for the release of journalists accused of revealing state secrets but it is hard not to see the reflection of the tortured state of P...
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The Philippines in a Holiday Mess

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was busy part of this week filming her annual holiday message to the nation. Clad in a pink pants suit, she posed in a life-size manger on the grounds of the Presidential Palace, complete with Mary and Joseph and the T...
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Asean Caves In to the Bad Guys

Gone are the days when the Association of Southeast Asian Nations was steered by Indonesia's Suharto, Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew, and Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad. Call them dictators or whatever y...
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Should the Philippines Cha Cha?

Lawmakers allied to beleaguered Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo are attempting to use sheer political muscle to change the constitution — Cha-Cha or charter change in local parlance&mdash...
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Living Large

For years, beginning in the late 1980s, Carmen Nuguit routinely carried three foreign currencies -- US dollars, Saudi riyals and Japanese yen  - to exchange at often-shadowy dealers in the Malate district of Manila. Remittances from her older sisters ...
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Fresh Surprise

Like many visitors, I don’t associate the Philippines with fine local cuisine, a fact that makes it seem out of step with its neighbors. Thais stir up miraculous delicacies conjured from chilies, lemo...
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Philippines: Off its sick bed?

Could the country perennially described as the sick man of Asia be reviving? Its economic vital signs are unexpectedly better than thought possible, with growth in gross domestic product that could hit 6 pe...
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Face Off

One of the Philippines’ top opposition politicians, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay, barricaded himself in his office on Tuesday hours after the government issued an order suspending him and his entire city administration from office. As suppor...
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A Bad (Constitutional) Joke in the Philippines

I have been in favor of a parliamentary system of government for the Philippines since the time of President Corazon Aquino, but I am against the current drive to change the constitution and make the shift ...